Thomas W. Merrill

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Thomas W. Merrill
Nationality United States
Fields Constitutional law
Property law
Institutions Columbia Law School
Yale Law School
Alma mater University of Chicago Law School
University of Oxford
Grinnell College

Thomas W. Merrill, a legal scholar, is the Charles Evans Hughes professor at Columbia Law School. He has also taught at Yale Law School and Northwestern University School of Law.

He is a leader in three fields: property, administrative, and environmental law. He received a B.A. from Grinnell College in 1971 and a B.A. with first-class honors in philosophy, politics and economics in 1973 from Oxford University, where he was a Rhodes Scholar. He received his JD from the University of Chicago Law School in 1977 and went on to clerk for Judge David L. Bazelon of the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals, and then United States Supreme Court Justice Harry A. Blackmun. Before coming to Yale, he was the Charles Keller Beekman Professor of Law at Columbia from 2003 to 2008 and the John Paul Stevens Professor of Law at Northwestern University from 1993 to 2003. He also served as a Deputy Solicitor General from 1987 to 1990.

Merrill has published dozens of articles in the country's most prestigious law reviews, including the Columbia Law Review, Harvard Law Review, and Yale Law Journal. He has co-authored multiple textbooks, generally dealing with the laws of property. In 2013, Merrill was awarded the Brigham-Kanner Property Rights Prize by the College of William and Mary School of Law for his extensive body of work concerning property rights.[1]


  1. ^ "Recipients of the Brigham-Kanner Prize". William and Mary Law School. Retrieved February 28, 2013. 

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