Joseph Hylton, J.D., Ph.D.

Professor of Law

  • Areas Of Law: Legal History, Property, Sports Law
  • Professional Memberships:
    American Bar Association, Virginia State Bar
  • Current Courses: American Legal History
  • Other Courses Taught:
    Property, Trusts and Estates, Law Governing Lawyers, Contemporary Issues In Sports Law


J. Gordon Hylton is a native of Giles County, Virginia.Р  РІР‚™Р’В  He isР  РІР‚™Р’В a graduate of Giles High School, Oberlin College, and the University of Virginia Law School andР’В holdsР’В a PhD in the History of American Civilization from Harvard University.Р  РІР‚™Р’В  Following Law School, he clerked for Justice Albertis Harrison of the Virginia Supreme Court and later worked for theР  РІР‚™Р’В Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination.

In addition to Marquette, Professor Hylton has taught at the law schools at the Illinois Institute of Technology, Washington University, Washington and Lee University, and the University of Virginia.Р  РІР‚™Р’В  In the past, he has also taught in Marquette's History and Political Science departments, its undergraduate Honors Program, and its College of Professional Studies.Р’В  He is the author orР’В co-author of five books, which include Property Law and the Public Interest (1998; 2nd ed., 2003; 3rd ed., 2007);Р’В Professional Values and Individual Autonomy: The United States Supreme Court and Lawyer Advertising (1998); Sports Law and Regulation (1999); A Concise Introduction to Property Law (2011); and The Wisconsin Law of Wills and Trusts (2013).

Professor Hylton is a former Fulbright Scholar (Ukraine).  He chaired the committee that created the current Marquette Sports Law program, and from 1997 to 1999, he was the Director of the National Sports Law Institute.

His current research interests focus on the history of the legal profession and legal education, the history of civil rights, and the legal history of American sports.Р  РІР‚™Р’В In 2011, he was designated "easily the best historian of sports law" the by the Sports Law Blog.Р’В 

Recent Publications and Presentations