John Eastman

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John Eastman
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Former candidate for
Attorney General of California
State Attorney General 2010 elections
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Candidates for State Attorney General, 2010

Polls, 2010 State Attorney General elections

2010 Election information
Primary election dates
Statewide elections, 2010
November 2nd General Election results

National Association of Attorneys General

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Dr. John C. Eastman is the former-Dean and Donald P. Kennedy Chair in Law at Chapman University School of Law.

In October 2011, Eastman became the chairman of the National Organization for Marriage.[1]

In 2010, Eastman ran for the position of Attorney General of California as a Republican.[2]


  • Doctor of Philosophy degree, Claremont Graduate School in government
  • Juris Doctorate degree, University of Chicago Law School

Professional experience

Upon receiving his law degree, Eastman worked as a law clerk for Associate Justice Clarence Thomas on the United States Supreme Court and the Honorable J. Michael Luttig, a judge for the Fourth Circuit United States Court of Appeals.[1] He later joined the national law firm of Kirkland & Ellis, where as an attorney he focused on complex commercial contract and consumer litigation. In August 1999, Eastman was appointed as a faculty member for the Chapman University School of Law, wherein he specialized in constitutional law, legal history, and property. Seven years later, he was named Interim Associate Dean of Administration before being chosen as Dean in June 2007.


Ballot description

In late-March 2010, Eastman filed suit in Sacramento Superior Court to have his ballot description reinstated. Secretary of State Debra Bowen rejected the his title of "assistant attorney general" believing "it was misleading to voters."[3] While it is true that Eastman does hold such a title, it is for South Dakota and not California.

About a week later, Sacramento County Superior Court Judge Timothy Frawley agreed with Bowen's assessment and similarly rejected the candidate's second choice, ""taxpayer advocate/attorney." He ordered that Eastman "to be identified instead as a "constitutional law attorney."" The case against the former dean's use of the title was joined by former Los Angeles District Attorney Steve Cooley, a challenger of Eastman's for the Republican nomination in the state's attorney general race. A spokesman for his campaign praised the decision, contending that Eastman had tried to use a "blatantly false and misleading ballot designation in an effort to fool the voters."[4]

Other roles

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  • Chairman, Federalist Society’s Federalism & Separation of Powers practice group
  • Director, Center for Constitutional Jurisprudence



See also: California Attorney General election, 2010
2010 Race for Attorney General - Republican Primary[5]
Party Candidate Vote Percentage
     Republican Party Steve Cooley 47.3%
     Republican Party John Eastman 34.2%
     Republican Party Tom Harman 18.5%
Total Votes 1,555,709

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