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Anthony J. Bellia

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J.D., summa cum laude, Notre Dame Law School, 1994
B.A. summa cum laude, Canisius College, 1991

A.J. Bellia teaches and researches in the areas of constitutional law, federal courts, federalism, legal history, procedure, and contracts. He has published numerous articles in those fields. Professor Bellia joined the Notre Dame Law School faculty in 2000 and has twice been named Distinguished Professor of the Year by graduating classes (2003 and 2008). He also has served as a visiting professor of law at the University of Virginia School of Law (2007), and is a member of the American Law Institute (ALI).

Prior to joining the faculty in 2000, Professor Bellia practiced law as an associate with Miller, Cassidy, Larroca & Lewin in Washington, D.C., litigating First Amendment, death penalty, contract, and employment cases in state and federal courts. He also clerked for Associate Justice Antonin Scalia of the Supreme Court of the United States, Judge Diarmuid F. O’Scannlain of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, and Judge William M. Skretny of the United States District Court for the Western District of New York.

Professor Bellia earned his J.D. summa cum laude in 1994 from the Notre Dame Law School, where he received the Dean Joseph O’Meara Award for outstanding academic achievement. While a student at the Notre Dame Law School, Professor Bellia also received the prestigious Judge Roger T. Kiley Fellowship and served as Editor-in-Chief of the Notre Dame Law Review. Professor Bellia earned his B.A. summa cum laude from Canisius College in 1991, where he was named the outstanding graduate in economics and political science as well as a Harry S. Truman Scholar.