Following his graduation summa cum laude from Bowdoin College, Dennis Hutchinson attended the Law School for one year, then obtained law degrees from Oxford University, where he was a Rhodes scholar, and from the University of Texas at Austin. He then served consecutively as law clerk to the Hon. Elbert Parr Tuttle of the (then) Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals and Justice Byron R. White and Justice William O. Douglas of the Supreme Court of the United States. He began teaching in 1976, and since then has taught at the Georgetown University Law Center and at Cornell Law School as well as in the College and the Law School. He is also associated with the Department of History and with the Committee on Analysis of Ideas and Study of Methods and chairs the College concentration program Law, Letters, and Society.
Mr. Hutchinson has taught contracts, constitutional law, elements, and legal history, which is his principal field of inquiry; his most recent work is The Forgotten Memoir of John Knox (edited with David J. Garrow). His book, The Man Who Once Was Whizzer White: A Portrait of Justice Byron R. White was a New York Times Notable Book for 1998. Since 1981, he has edited the Supreme Court Review.
AB, 1969, Bowdoin College; LLM, 1974, University of Texas at Austin; MA, 1977, Oxford University.