Christopher L. Eisgruber has served as Princeton University’s 20th president since July 2013. He is the Laurance S. Rockefeller Professor of Public Affairs in the Woodrow Wilson School and the University Center for Human Values. Before becoming president, he served as Princeton’s provost from 2004-2013 and as director of Princeton’s Program in Law and Public Affairs from 2001-2004. A renowned constitutional scholar, he is the author of The Next Justice: Repairing the Supreme Court Appointments Process (Princeton 2007), Religious Freedom and the Constitution (co-authored with Lawrence G. Sager, Harvard 2007), and Constitutional Self-Government (Harvard 2001), as well as numerous articles in books and academic journals. In 2014, he was elected to membership in the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
Eisgruber served on the faculty of the New York University School of Law for eleven years before joining the Princeton faculty in 2001. Prior to his time at NYU, he clerked for Judge Patrick Higginbotham of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit and for Justice John Paul Stevens of the United States Supreme Court. Eisgruber received an A.B. magna cum laude in Physics from Princeton, an M. Litt. in Politics from Oxford University, and a J.D. from the University of Chicago Law School.
About the Adams Lecture
This lectureship was made possible through a generous donation to Penn Law from Neysa Adams in memory of her husband, the Honorable Arlin M. Adams L’47 HON’98 (1921-2015). Judge Adams served for over 60 years as a lawyer, judge, and mediator. Twice considered for a seat on the U.S. Supreme Court, he was nominated to the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit in 1969 and served until his retirement from the bench in 1987. Judge Adams was also a member and former Chancellor of the Philadelphia Bar Association, a past President of the American Philosophical Society, a Trustee of the University of Pennsylvania, chairman of the Law School’s Board of Overseers, and the former chair of the U.S. Supreme Court Judicial Fellows Commission.
This program has been approved for 1.0 substantive CLE credits for Pennsylvania lawyers. CLE credit may be available in other jurisdictions as well. Attendees seeking CLE credit should bring separate payment in the amount of $40.00 ($20.00 public interest/non-profit attorneys) cash or check made payable to The Trustees of the University of Pennsylvania.