Zachary Clopton

Professor of Law
Associate Dean of Academic Programs


Zachary D. Clopton joined Northwestern Pritzker School of Law as a Professor of Law in 2019. His research and teaching interests include civil procedure, complex litigation, and international litigation. In 2023, Clopton was appointed by Chief Justice John Roberts to the Advisory Committee on Civil Rules. He also was selected as the Reporter for the Seventh Circuit Pattern Jury Instructions and as a member of the American Law Institute.

Clopton clerked for the Honorable Diane P. Wood of the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit. He served as an Assistant United States Attorney in Chicago and he worked in the national security group at Wilmer Hale in Washington, D.C. Prior to joining Northwestern, Clopton was as an Associate Professor of Law at Cornell Law School. He also was a Public Law Fellow at the University of Chicago Law School.

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Areas of Expertise

  • Arbitration
  • Civil Procedure
  • National Security
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • International Law
  • Environmental Law

Selected Publications

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  • BA, Yale University
  • MPhil, University of Cambridge
  • JD, Harvard Law School

Prior Appointments

  • Assistant Professor of Law, Cornell Law School
  • Associate Professor of Law, Cornell Law School
  • Public Law Fellow, University of Chicago Law School
  • Associate Dean of Curriculum, Feb 2023, Northwestern Pritzker School of Law

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