A nationally recognized scholar in the areas of professional responsibility, civil procedure, and federal courts, Norman W. Spaulding’s research concentrates on the history of the American legal profession and theories of adjudication. In 2014, he received the John Bingham Hurlbut Award for Excellence in Teaching. In 2010 he served as the Covington & Burling Distinguished Visiting Professor of Law at Harvard Law School. And in 2004 the Association of American Law Schools presented him with its Outstanding Scholarly Paper Prize for “Constitution as Counter-Monument: Federalism, Reconstruction and the Problem of Collective Memory,” published in the Columbia Law Review.
He is a member of the American Law Institute and the American Bar Association Standing Committee on Ethics and Professional Responsibility. Before joining the Stanford Law School faculty in 2005, he was a professor of law at the UC Berkeley School of Law and an associate at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP, where he did environmental litigation. Professor Spaulding, JD ’97, served as a law clerk to Judge Betty B. Fletcher (BA ’43) of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and Judge Thelton Henderson of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California.