John Valauri

John Valauri

John Valauri
Professor of Law

Professor of Law


Professor Valauri joined the Chase faculty in 1982. He received his A.B. and J.D. degrees from Harvard. He was admitted to practice in New York in 1976.

From 1975-80 he worked as Special Assistant Attorney General, New York State Department of Law, New York City. He served as a Lecturer at Duke University School of Law from 1980-82.

Professor Valauri's subjects are: Constitutional Law, Criminal Law and Procedure, Trial Advocacy, and Jurisprudence.

He is a member of the American Society for Political and Legal Philosophy. He has written and published articles in the area of constitutional law.



  • BA Philosophy, Harvard College
  • JD, Harvard Law School

Courses Taught

  • Constitutional Law I
  • Constitutional Law II
  • Constitutional Law Seminar
  • Criminal Procedure
  • Jurisprudence
  • Trial Advocacy


Baffled by Inactivity: the Individual Mandate and the Commerce Power, 10 Geo. J.L & Pub. Pol'y 51 (2012)

Dred Scott, Lincoln, and the Constitution: A Reply to Professor Graber, 34 N. Ky L. Rev. 619 (2007)Hein Online  

Vladimir Putin, Campaign Finance Reform, and the Central Meaning of the First Amendment, 35 Seton Hall L. Rev. 577 (2005) Hein Online  

We Are All Interpretivists Now, 46 Wayne L. Rev. 1499 (2000) Hein Online  

Interpretation, Critique, and Adjudication: The Search for Constitutional Hermeneutics, 76 Chi.-Kent L. Rev. 1083 (2000) Hein Online  

Smoking and Self-Realization: A Response to Professor Redish, 25 N. Ky L. Rev. 555 (1997) Hein Online

Religion and Public Reason: A Response to Professor Greenawalt, 24 N. Ky L. Rev. 647 (1996) Hein Online  

Book Note (reviewing L. H. LaRue, Constitutional Law As Fiction), 106 Ethics 894 (1996)

Book Note (reviewing K. Gunther, The Sense Of Appropriateness), 105 Ethics 453 (1995)

Book Note (reviewing A. Norrie, ed., Closure Or Critique: New Directions In Legal Theory), 105 Ethics 976 (1995)

Book Note (reviewing R. Gaskins, Burdens Of Proof In Modern Discourse), 104 Ethics 925 (1994)

Book Note (reviewing G. Leyh, ed., Legal Hermeneutics), 103 Ethics 614 (1993)

Book Note (reviewing C. Douzinas, et al., Postmodern Jurisprudence), 103 Ethics 209 (1992)

Book Note (reviewing P. Nerhot, ed., Legal Knowledge And Analogy), 102 Ethics 687 (1992)

Everson v. Brown: Hermeneutics, Framers Intent, and the Establishment Clause, 4 Notre Dame J.L. Ethics & Pub. Pol'y 660 (1990) Hein Online  

The Concept of Neutrality in Establishment Clause Doctrine, 48 U. Pitt. L. Rev. 83 (1986) Hein Online  

Confused Notions and Constitutional Theory, 12 N. Ky L. Rev. 567 (1985) Hein Online  

Constitutional Theodicy: The Antinomy of Finality and Fallibility in Judicial Review, 29 St. Louis U. L. J. 245 (1985) Hein Online  

Book Review (reviewing I. Jenkins, Social Order And The Limits Of Law), 1981 Duke L.J. 607 (1981) Hein Online

Speaking Engagements and Recognitions

Originalism and the Necessary and Proper Clause, Loyola Constitutional Law Colloquium, Loyola University Chicago School of Law, Chicago, IL (November 2012)