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Bill Watson

Climenko Fellow and Lecturer on Law


Bill Watson
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Bill Watson is a Climenko Fellow and Lecturer on Law at Harvard Law School. His research focuses on legal interpretation and legal philosophy, with an emphasis on statutory interpretation, precedential reasoning, and the nature of law. He is currently working on projects that address the U.S. Supreme Court’s recent treatment of precedent; the import of legal positivism for debates over legal interpretation; and the independence of textualism in statutory interpretation from originalism in constitutional interpretation.

Bill received his JD, with high honors, from the University of Chicago Law School, his PhD in Philosophy from Cornell University, and his BA, summa cum laude, from the University of Saint Thomas. He served as the Book Review & Essays Editor for the University of Chicago Law Review. Following law school, he clerked for Judge Jay Bybee of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and practiced commercial litigation with Kirkland & Ellis. His primary teaching interests include legislation, administrative law, civil procedure, evidence, and jurisprudence.