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

Professor of Law

  • Areas Of Law: Legal History, Property, Sports Law
  • Professional Memberships:
    Virginia State Bar, American Bar Association, Wisconsin Supreme Court Historical Commission
  • Other Courses Taught:
    American Constitutional History, Comparative Constitutional Law


J. Gordon Hylton is a native of Giles County, Virginia.Р’В  He isР’В a graduate of Giles High School, Oberlin College, and the University of Virginia Law School andВ holdsВ a PhD in the History of American Civilization from Harvard University.Р’В  Following Law School, he clerked for Justice Albertis Harrison of the Virginia Supreme Court and later worked for theР’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, Howard University, and the University of Virginia.Р’В  He has also taught courses in the Marquette History and Political Science Departments, the undergraduate Honors Program, and the College of Professional Studies.В  He is the author orВ co-author of five books, which include Property Law and the Public Interest (1998; 2nd ed., 2003; 3rd ed., 2007);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 HyltonР’В is currently a member of the Diversity Committee of the ABA Section on Legal Education and Admission to the Bar.Р’В  He is a former Fulbright Scholar (Ukraine),В 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’В In 2011, he was called "easily the best historian of sports law" the by the Sports Law Blog.В  In the Spring of 2014, he will be a visiting professor at the University of Virginia Law School.

Recent Publications and Presentations