Erin Hawley is Of Counsel to the appellate practice of Kirkland & Ellis LLP. She is an Associate Professor of Law at the University of Missouri School of Law. Her scholarship focuses primarily on the areas of federal courts and constitutional law and has been published in numerous top journals.

Erin has litigated extensively before the Supreme Court of the United States as well as numerous federal courts of appeals and state courts of last resort. Her work before the Supreme Court includes briefing cases like NFIB v. Sebelius, and she has argued before the federal courts of appeals and state courts of last resort on issues ranging from trust law, to criminal law, to immigration. Her academic and appellate experience spans a wide range of areas including federal jurisdiction, the Anti-Injunction Act, religious liberty, administrative law, Chevron deference, class-action certification, the dormant commerce clause, energy, and environmental law.

Erin is a former clerk to Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. of the Supreme Court of the United States and Judge J. Harvie Wilkinson III of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit. She received her bachelor’s degree in animal science from Texas A&M University and her law degree from Yale Law School. 


Thought Leadership


Symposium: The Return of Chief Justice Roberts, SCOTUSblog (2016).

Symposium: Administrative Law Lessons From King v. Burwell, SCOTUSblog (2015).

The Supreme Court’s Quiet Revolution: Redefining the Meaning of Jurisdiction, 56 William & Mary L. Rev. 2027 (2015).

The Jurisdictional Implications of the Anti-Injunction Act, 90 Notre Dame L. Rev. 81 (2014).

The Jurisdictional Question in Hobby Lobby, 123 Yale L.J. Forum (2014).


Admissions & Qualifications

  • District of Columbia
  • Missouri
  • New Mexico (inactive)


  • Supreme Court of the United States
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit


  • Yale Law SchoolJ.D.

    Coker Fellow in Constitutional Law

    The Yale Law Journal

  • Texas A&M UniversityB.S., Animal Science