Jonathan L. Marshfield

Associate Professor of Law

School of Law


Professor Marshfield’s research focuses on constitutional law, state constitutions, and constitutional change. His work explores how procedural rules and political institutions can affect constitutional outcomes. Most recently, he has focused on the under-explored intersection between formal constitutional amendment and the practice of judicial review. Professor Marshfield’s work has appeared in the Michigan Law Review, the Boston University Law Review, and other leading journals. Professor Marshfield’s state constitutional research has been cited favorably by the New Jersey Supreme Court in an important eminent domain case, and his research into constitutional design has been cited by leading scholars in law reviews, textbooks, and academic journals. Most recently, the New England Law Review dedicated an issue to scholarly commentary on Professor Marshfield’s empirical research regarding state constitutional change.

Professor Marshfield has served as a consultant to foreign officials regarding issues of constitutional revision and design. He also advises the Arkansas Public Policy Center regarding constitutional changes in Arkansas, and has provided expert opinion for the Arkansas Bar Association regarding issues of state constitutional law. He is frequently invited to speak on issues of constitutional change and design, including a recent invitation to present to state judges at the Pound Institute’s national Forum for State Appellate Court Judges.

In 2015, Professor Marshfield was selected by the University of Arkansas Associated Student Government as a finalist for the university-wide Outstanding Faculty Member Award.

Prior to joining the University of Arkansas faculty, Professor Marshfield practiced as a commercial litigator with Latham & Watkins LLP and Saul Ewing LLP. He also clerked for Judge Robert B. Kugler, United States District Judge for the District of New Jersey, and Chief Justice James R. Zazzali of the Supreme Court of the State of New Jersey. While in practice, Professor Marshfield represented several large financial firms and fortune 500 companies regarding a variety of complex business disputes in both state and federal court. He has significant experience in most stages of civil litigation, including deposing and examining witnesses, managing complex electronic discovery, arguing pre-trial and dispositive motions, handling settlement mediations, and participating in civil trials. Professor Marshfield has handled appeals to various appellate courts, including the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, the New Jersey Supreme Court, and the New York Court of Appeals.

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