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Geoffrey R. Stone (born 1946) is an American law professor. He is currently the Edward H. Levi Distinguished Service Professor of Law at the University of Chicago Law School.


Dean of the Chicago Law School[edit]

A member of the law faculty since 1973, Mr. Stone served as dean of the Law School (1987-1994) and Provost of the University of Chicago (1994-2002). After graduating from the University of Chicago Law School, Stone served as a law clerk to Judge J. Skelly Wright of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit and then to Justice William J. Brennan Jr. of the Supreme Court of the United States.


Stone’s most famous book, Perilous Times: Free Speech in Wartime from the Sedition Act of 1798 to the War on Terrorism (2004) received the Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Award for the Best Book of the Year, the Los Angeles Times Book Prize as the Best Book in History, the American Political Science Association’s Kammerer Award for the Best Book of the Year in Political Science, the Goldsmith Award from the Kennedy School of Harvard University for the Best Book of the Year in Public Affairs, and the Scribes Award for the Best Book of the Year in Law.

Stone's two most recent books are Top Secret: When Our Government Keeps Us in the Dark (2007) and War and Liberty: An American Dilemma (2007).

Supreme Court Review[edit]

Stone is an Editor of the "Supreme Court Review" and he is co-author of "Constitutional Law," "The First Amendment," "The First Amendment in the Modern State," and "The Bill of Rights in Modern Society." He is currently chief editor of a fifteen-volume series, Inalienable Rights, which will be published by the Oxford University Press between 2006 and 2014. Authors in this series include Richard Posner, Laurence Tribe, Alan Dershowitz, Martha Nussbaum, Mark Tushnet, Jack Rakove, Larry Lessig, and Kathleen Sullivan, among others. Stone is currently working on a new book, Sexing the Constitution.[1]

Stone has written about the religion of Supreme Court Judges, notably as to how they relate to judicial decisions about abortion. He has argued that five sitting Catholic judges effectively prevented the legalization of partial-birth abortion in Gonzales v. Carhart.[2]


Stone is a member of the Board of Directors of the American Constitution Society, the Board of Advisors of the American Civil Liberties Union, and the Chair of the Board of the Chicago Children's Choir. He has served as a Vice President of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and as a member of the Executive Committee of the Association of American Law Schools. He is a frequent author of op-eds in such publications as the Chicago Tribune, the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Wall Street Journal, and the Los Angeles Times, and he writes regularly for


  1. ^Each of the above titles is confirmed at Faculty Biography at University of Chicago Law School web site
  2. ^Justice Sotomayor, Justice Scalia and Our Six Catholic Justices

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NameStone, Geoffrey
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Short descriptionAmerican legal scholar
Date of birth1946
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