Eduardo Peñalver

Eduardo Peñalver

President, Seattle University

Juris Doctorate from Yale Law School (1999)

Areas of Expertise

U.S. Supreme Court, property law, free speech on campus, academic freedom


  • Seattle University's 22nd President (2021 to present)
  • Professor of Law, Seattle University School of Law (2021 to present)
  • Allan R. Tessler Dean of Cornell Law School (2014-2021)
  • Professor, Cornell University
  • John P. Wilson Professor of Law, University of Chicago School of Law 
  • Visiting professor, Harvard Law School
  • Visiting professor, Yale Law School
  • Associate professor, Fordham Law School
  • Clerked for U.S. Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens
  • Clerked for Judge Guido Calabresi of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit 
  • Juris Doctorate, Yale Law School (1999)
  • Rhodes Scholar - MA, Philosophy and Theology, Oriel College, Oxford University (1996)
  • Bachelor of Arts, Cornell University (1994)
  • Considered a leading voice in the "progressive property" movement
  • Puyallup, Wash. native and die-hard Seattle Mariners fan (fun fact: His dog is named Griffey)

In His Own Words

Author of two books: Property Outlaws (co-author: Sonia Katyal) and An Introduction to Property Theory (co-author: Gregory Alexander)