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About John E. Taylor

John E. Taylor is the Jackson Kelly Professor at the West Virginia University College of Law, where he teaches Constitutional Law I, Criminal Procedure I, Criminal Law, Torts I, Education Law, and a seminar on the law of church and state. He joined the College of Law faculty in 2002 and served as the College’s Associate Dean for Academic Affairs from 2010 to 2013 and again from 2014 to 2015. 

Professor Taylor writes primarily about First Amendment issues in the public schools. He was named Professor of the Year for the College of Law in 2017, and he received the College of Law’s Significant Faculty Scholarship Award in 2006 for his article entitled Using Suppression Hearing Testimony to Prove Good Faith Under United States v. Leon. 

Before joining the legal academy, Professor Taylor clerked for the Honorable M. Blane Michael on the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit. 

He holds a J.D. with highest honors and an A.B. with distinction from the University of North Carolina, as well as M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in Religious Studies from Stanford University.


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