Professor of Law
J. Gordon Hylton is a native of Giles County, Virginia, and grew up in the southern Appalachian Mountains in the 1950's and 1960's.В He holds a degree in History and English from Oberlin College; a J.D. and an M.A. in History from the University of Virginia; and a PhD in the History of American Civilization from Harvard University.
Following law school, he clerked for Justice Albertis S. Harrison and Chief Justice Lawrence I'Anson of the Virginia Supreme Court and later completed additional coursework at the Harvard Law School and worked for the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination.
Professor Hylton joined the Marquette Law School faculty in 1995 after serving on the faculties at the Chicago-Kent and Washington University law schools. В In addition toВ the law school, Professor Hylton has taught courses in the Marquette History Department, the undergraduate Honors Program, and the College of Professional Studies.В From 1997 to 1999, he was the Director of the National Sports Law Institute and before that he chaired the committee that created the Marquette Sports Law program.
While at Marquette, Professor Hylton has been a visiting professor at Washington University, the University of Virginia, and Washington and Lee University.В He has also taught as a Fulbright Professor atВ Kyiv Mohyla Academy andВ Kiev International University in Ukraine, and has taught in summer law programs atВ the University of Queensland (Australia); Murdoch University (Australia); and the University of Giessen (Germany).
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. В In 2011, he was described by the Sports Law Blog as "easily the best historian of sports law."В In the Spring of 2013, he will be a visiting professor at the University of Virginia Law School.
Chair, Section on Law and Sports, Association of American Law Schools (second time).
Member, Diversity Committee,В ABA Section on Legal Education and Admission to the Bar.
Member, National Sports Law Institute, Board of Advisers.
Marquette representative, International Association of Law Schools.
Member, Board of Editors of the American Journal of Comparative Law.
Recipient, Gihardi Award for Excellence in Law Teaching (1998).
Professor of the Year, Marquette Chapter of Phi Delta Phi Legal Fraternity (2000).
Professor of the Year at Chicago-Kent (three times, 1989, 1990, 1991).
Illinois Institute of Technology Professor of the Year (twice, 1990, 1991).
Professor of the Year at Washington University Law School (1993).
Recipient, Washington University Student Bar Association for Teaching Excellence (1993).
Member, Wisconsin Supreme Court Historical Committee (1998-2003).
Past Chair, AALS Sections on Legal History (2007-08), Law and Agriculture (2011-12), Sports Law (2006-07).
Fulbright Senior Lecturer in Law, Ukraine (2000).
Fellow, Virginia Foundation for the Humanities (2003-05).
Fellow, Carter G. Woodson Foundation for the Study of Afro-American History (2003-04).