Jud Campbell’s career — and education — have been shaped in large part by his research agenda. During his undergraduate years at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, he would break from his studies in math and political science on the weekends to head to the archives in Raleigh and write history papers for fun. He was drawn, in particular, to 1780s and ’90s U.S. political history.
He followed that interest to the London School of Economics, where he pursued master’s degrees in economic history and the theory and history of international relations.
“That turned out to be a really fortuitous decision,” he said, “because that work set the stage for the work that I did in law school for constitutional history.”
Following law school (Stanford) and two clerkships (Judge Diane Sykes, 7th Circuit; Judge José Cabranes, 2nd Circuit), Campbell started looking for a job “that wouldn’t require me to make other people’s arguments for them.” Plus, he added, “It’s very difficult to practice in constitutional history.” He put his research and experience to use as executive director of the Constitutional Law Center at Stanford Law School.
Campbell’s research reflects his dual interest in history and law, and his work — with articles in publications such as Stanford Law Review and Yale Law Journal — often uses a historic lens to examine issues of constitutional law. His “love for legal thought” eventually attracted Campbell to academia and to the position at Richmond Law, whose faculty he joined in fall 2016.
Today, Campbell brings a passion for problem-solving to students in his constitutional law classes. What he found in law school was that “no matter how boring the problem seemed, I loved thinking through legal problems,” Campbell said. “I really wanted to bring that excitement and challenge to students for the rest of my career.”