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Thomas C. Grey
Nelson Bowman Sweitzer and Marie B. Sweitzer Professor of Law, Emeritus

Biography 

A leading legal theorist and historian of the development of modern American legal thought, Thomas C. Grey (BA ’63) has written extensively on the development of such strains of legal thought as pragmatism, formalism, and realism with particular attention to the jurisprudence of Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr. Earlier in his career, he wrote significant articles on constitutional law, history, and theory, including a classic work on the unwritten constitution. In addition, he has taught torts to first-year students for more than 30 years.

Professor Grey is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and is the recipient of an honorary law degree from Chicago-Kent College of Law. Before joining the Stanford Law School faculty in 1971, he served as a clerk to Justice Thurgood Marshall of the U.S. Supreme Court and Judge J. Skelly Wright of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit.