O’Toole Professor of Constitutional Law
A.J. Bellia joined the faculty of the Notre Dame Law School in 2000, and now holds a concurrent appointment in the Department of Political Science. An expert in the study of federal constitutional structure, he is the founding director of the Notre Dame Program on Constitutional Structure, and the author of the first American casebook on federalism. Professor Bellia is a member of the American Law Institute, and editor of Federal Courts and Jurisdiction Abstracts. He has also been elected Professor of the Year three times by Notre Dame’s law students.
Prior to coming to Notre Dame, Professor Bellia clerked for Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, Judge Diarmuid F. O’Scannlain, and Judge William M. Skretny, and worked as an associate at Miller, Cassidy, Larroca & Lewin. He received his J.D. from Notre Dame, where he was the editor-in-chief of the Notre Dame Law Review and a recipient of the Dean Joseph O’Meara Award for outstanding academic achievement.
Established in 2014 through a significant gift from Judge Thomas W. and Elaine S. O’Toole, the O’Toole Professorship supports the study and teaching of constitutional law at Notre Dame Law School. Judge O’Toole, who obtained his B.A. from Notre Dame and his L.L.B. from the University of Arizona, long served with distinction on the Maricopa County Superior Court.