James C. Phillips has a unique breadth of legal experience, being one of a small group who have both worked on over 30 matters at the United States Supreme Court and published over 30 academic articles. He has worked in private practice for both D.C. and Utah appellate boutiques, at Utah's largest law firm, and has also worked for a D.C.-based public interest law firm. Besides the U.S. Supreme Court, James has worked on matters in the majority of the U.S. Courts of Appeal and other state and federal appellate and trial courts around the country. He clerked for Judge Thomas B. Griffith on the U.S. Court of Appeal for the D.C. Circuit and for Justice Thomas R. Lee on the Utah Supreme Court. He is a member of the Utah and D.C. bars.
James is currently an Assistant Professor of Law at Chapman University's Fowler School of Law, where he teaches Civil Procedure I & II, Constitutional Law, Professional Responsibility, Family Law, and Religion and the Constitution. His scholarship has been cited by federal and state courts around the country, including at the U.S. Supreme Court. He previously was a Visiting Assistant Professor at Brigham Young University's J. Reuben Clark Law School where he taught Administrative Law. He earned his JD from U.C. Berkeley School of Law, where he was Order of the Coif and a member of the law review. He also has a PhD in Jurisprudence and Social Policy from U.C. Berkeley.