Hadley Arkes

Hadley Arkes is the Founder and Director of the James Wilson  Institute, a center for the jurisprudence of natural law in Washington, DC. Professor Arkes was a member of the Amherst College faculty since 1966, marking his 50th anniversary of teaching in 2016. In 1987 he was named Edward Ney Professor of  Jurisprudence. He has written five books with Princeton  University Press, and his articles have appeared in professional journals. Apart from his writing in more scholarly formats, he has become known to a wider audience through his writings in the  Wall Street JournalWeekly Standard, and National Review. He has been a contributor also to First Things, a journal that took its name from his book of that title. He was the main advocate and architect of the bill that became known as the Born-Alive Infants’  Protection Act. Professor Arkes modeled the curriculum for  the James Wilson Legal Fellowship off of his signature course at  Amherst, "Political Obligations." The Fellowship focuses on natural law and its bearing on our jurisprudence. The course deals with these central points: the classic connection between the “logic of morals” and the “logic of law”; the properties of moral truths and the “principles” of judgment; and how we may apply those principles to the cases that arise in our law.  

           Gerry Bradley

Gerard “Gerry” Bradley teaches Constitutional Law and Legal Ethics at the University of Notre Dame Law School, where he also directs (with John Finnis) the Natural Law Institute and co-edits The American Journal of Jurisprudence, an international forum of legal philosophy. He served as president of the Fellowship of Catholic Scholars for many years and has been a visiting fellow at the Hoover Institute of Stanford University. He is also a senior fellow of the Witherspoon Institute. Bradley received both his B.A. and his J.D. from Cornell University, graduating summa cum laude from the law school in 1980. Before teaching at Notre Dame, he served in the Trial Division of the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office and taught at the University of Chicago College of Law. In 2009, he was a Visiting Professor of Politics at Princeton University.  Bradley has published over one hundred and fifty scholarly articles and reviews, and is the author and editor of twelve books, such as Catholic School Teaching: A Collection of Scholarly Essays (Cambridge University Press, 2019) and Unquiet Americans: U.S. Catholics, Moral Truth, and the Preservation of our Civil Liberties (Saint Augustine’s Press, 2019). 

             David Forte
David F. Forte is Professor of Law at Cleveland State University, Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, where he was the inaugural holder of the Charles R. Emrick, Jr.- Calfee Halter & Griswold Endowed Chair. He holds degrees from Harvard College, Manchester University,  England, the University of Toronto and Columbia University. During the Reagan administration, Professor Forte served as chief counsel to the United States delegation to the United Nations and alternate delegate to the Security Council. In 2002, the Department of State-sponsored a speaking tour for Professor Forte in Amman, Jordan, and he was also a featured speaker to the Meeting of Peoples in Rimini,  Italy, a meeting that gathers over 500,000 people from all over  Europe. He has assisted in drafting a number of pieces of legislation for the Ohio General Assembly dealing with abortion, international trade, and federalism. He has sat as acting judge on the municipal court of Lakewood Ohio and was chairman of the Professional Ethics  Committee of the Cleveland Bar Association. He served as Consultor to the Pontifical Council for the Family under Pope John Paul II and Pope  Benedict XVI. In 2003, Dr. Forte was a Distinguished Fulbright Chair at the University of Trento and returned there in 2004 as a Visiting  Professor. Professor Forte has given over 300 invited addresses and papers at more than 100 academic institutions. He writes and speaks nationally on topics such as constitutional law, religious liberty,  Islamic law, the rights of families, and international affairs. His teaching competencies include Constitutional Law, the First  Amendment, Islamic Law, Jurisprudence, American Politics, Natural  Law, International Law, International Human Rights, and  Constitutional History. Prof. Forte is a regular lecturer for the James  Wilson Institute’s Senior Seminars with scholars and appellate judges.  
        Justin Dyer
Justin Dyer is an associate professor of Political Science and  Director of the Kinder Institute on Constitutional Democracy at the University of Missouri. After attending the University of  Oklahoma on a wrestling scholarship, he completed his MA and Ph.D. in Government at the University of Texas/Austin. His research and teaching interests span the fields of American political development, political philosophy, and constitutional law, with a special interest in the perennial philosophy of natural law. Professor Dyer is the editor of American Soul: The  Contested Legacy of the Declaration of Independence (2012),  and author of Natural Law and the Antislavery Constitutional  Tradition (2012), and Slavery, Abortion, and the Politics of  Constitutional Meaning (2013). His most recent book, written with Micah Watson, is CS Lewis on Politics and the Natural  Law (2016). He regularly teaches undergraduate courses on political theory and the U.S. Constitution and graduate seminars on public law. He is a discussion leader at James  Wilson Institute Senior Seminars for appellate judges, attorneys,  and scholars.  

     Gunnar Gundersen
Gunnar Bjorn Gundersen, Esq. earned his BS at the University of Southern California. He was a Merit Research Scholar and taught undergraduates ‘Physics: Electricity & Magnetism’. While earning his law degree at Pepperdine, he won a moot against Middle  Temple Inn in London, was a member of Order of the Coif, and graduated valedictorian. He served on the Law Review, which published his note on textualism and statutory interpretation.  Gunnar served as a clerk to Judge Diarmuid O’Scannlain of the US  Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. Gunnar then practiced law at  Kirkland & Ellis, Irell & Manella, and Latham & Watkins. His legal experience and practice include constitutional issues, e.g., the famous “Bong Hits 4 Jesus” case, Morse v. Frederick. In 2016, he represented the Intellectual Property Owners Association before the  US Supreme Court as amici in Kirtsaeng v. John Wiley & Sons. He has also been involved in over $4.5 billion worth of intellectual-  property transactions. Gunnar is now a partner at Gundersen &  Gundersen Law. He is also an Alliance Defending Freedom Allied  Attorney. In 2015, he received a Master’s Certificate in Legal Writing from the Academy of American Legal Writers, the highest national standard in legal writing. The program is directed by Bryan Garner.  While there, Gunnar earned the Jackson Achievement Award.  Gunnar has published essays in the Los Angeles Daily Journal, The  Catholic Thing, IPWatchdog.com, Intellectual Property Magazine,  and Catholic.org. His essay topics range from international patent exhaustion to religious freedom. He has given MCLE presentations,  and he has lectured at Loyola Law School/Los Angeles and the  James Wilson Institute.  

           Daniel Mark
Daniel Mark is an assistant professor of Political Science at Villanova University. He teaches political theory, philosophy of law, American government, and politics and religion. There he is a faculty associate of the Matthew J. Ryan Center for the Study of Free Institutions and the Public Good, and he holds the rank of battalion professor in Villanova’s Navy Reserve Officers’ Training Corps. He is on the Steering Committee for the Villanova Political Theology Project, and on the Graduate Committee of the Political Science Department. He has served as faculty adviser to the mock trial team, and mentor in Villanova’s Faith and Learning Scholars Program. In 2017-18, Dr. Mark was a Visiting Fellow at the University of Notre Dame. In 2015-16, he was a Visiting Fellow, Department of Politics at Princeton University under the sponsorship of the James Madison Program in American Ideals and Institutions. He has participated in USCIRF delegations to Azerbaijan, Indonesia, Malaysia, Nigeria, and Vietnam, and published on international religious freedom in US News & World Report, Investor’s Business Daily, Foreign Affairs, The Hill, and the Philadelphia Inquirer. He holds a BA, MA, and PhD from Princeton University. Dr. Mark is a Fellow of the Witherspoon Institute in Princeton, works with the Tikvah Fund in New York, and he has taught at the Straus Center for Torah and Western Thought at Yeshiva University. Before graduate school, Dr. Mark spent four years as a high school teacher in New York City, and he received the New Jersey Department of Education Commissioner’s Distinguished Teacher Candidate Award while earning his teaching certification.   

   Ryan Anderson
Ryan T. Anderson, Ph.D., is the President of the Ethics and Public Policy Center, and the founder and editor of Public Discourse, the online journal of the Witherspoon Institute of Princeton, New Jersey. He is also the inaugural St. John Paul II Teaching Fellow in Social Thought at the University of Dallas Constantin College of Liberal Arts. He is the author of When Harry Became Sally: Responding to the Transgender Moment and Truth Overruled: The Future of Marriage and Religious Freedom, and he is the co-author of What Is Marriage? Man and Woman: A Defense and Debating Religious Liberty and Discrimination.  Anderson's research has been cited by two U.S. Supreme Court Justices, Justice Samuel Alito and Justice Clarence Thomas, in two Supreme Court cases. He received his bachelor of arts degree from Princeton University, graduating Phi Beta Kappa and Magna cum Claude, and he received his doctoral degree in political philosophy from the University of Notre Dame. His dissertation was titled: "Neither Liberal Nor Libertarian: A Natural Law Approach to Social Justice and Economic Rights."