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John F. Manning (born 1961) is an American educator. Manning is currently the Morgan and Helen Chu Dean and Professor of Harvard Law School.[1]

John F. Manning
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13th Dean of Harvard Law School
Assumed office
July 1, 2017
Preceded byMartha Minow
Personal details
Born1961 (age 57–58)
Alma materHarvard University



Manning graduated from Harvard College in 1982 and lived in Thayer Hall during his freshman year. He then from Harvard Law School in 1985.[2] Following law school, he served as a law clerk to Judge Robert H. Bork at the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. He then served as law clerk to Justice Antonin Scalia for the Supreme Court's 1988 term.[3]

Manning was brought to Harvard Law School by Dean Elena Kagan to help shore up Harvard Law School's expertise in public law; he is an expert in administrative law and a constitutional scholar of textualism.[4] Manning's hiring, along with that of Jack Goldsmith, and Adrian Vermeule, has "helped assuage complaints that Harvard marginalized conservative views."[4] Manning is also an expert on separation of powers issues.[5][6] On July 23, 2012, the Supreme Court appointed Manning amicus curiae, in Sebelius v. Auburn Regional Medical Center. He argued the case on December 4, 2012.[7].

On April 30, 2013, Manning was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.[8]

Published worksEdit

Manning is the coauthor of two leading textbooks:

  • Hart and Wechsler's The Federal Courts and the Federal System (6th ed. 2009) (with Richard H. Fallon, Jr., Daniel J. Meltzer, and David L. Shapiro).
  • Legislation and Regulation (2010) (with Matthew C. Stephenson).

He has also written more than thirty law review articles. Some of his most-cited pieces are:

Cases argued in front of the Supreme Court[9]:


  1. ^ "John Manning to lead Harvard Law School". Harvard Gazette.
  2. ^ Cooperman, Alan (September 23, 1980). "Officers Consider Resignation After Republican Club's Vote". Harvard Crimson. Retrieved September 8, 2017.
  3. ^ "Two New Faculty Are Appointed at Columbia Law". Retrieved 16 December 2017.
  4. ^ a b Bennett, Drake (2008-10-19). "Crimson tide". Boston Globe. Retrieved 2008-10-26.
  5. ^ "As Harvard Seeks a President, Dean Kagan's Star Is Rising". New York Sun. 2005-03-10. Retrieved 2008-10-26.
  6. ^ Bhayani, Paras D. (February 1, 2007). "Under Kagan, A Harmonious HLS". Harvard Crimson. Retrieved September 8, 2017.
  7. ^ "Sebelius v. Auburn Regional Medical Center". Retrieved 16 December 2017.
  8. ^ "Manning elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences - Harvard Law Today". Retrieved 16 December 2017.
  9. ^ "John F. Manning". Oyez. Retrieved 2018-10-02.

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Academic offices
Preceded by
Martha Minow
Dean of Harvard Law School