Professor Quinn Yeargain (they/he) is an expert in state constitutional law and studies the relationship between the organization of state government institutions and the development of policy outcomes in different areas of law. They have published in the areas of criminal law, election law, environmental law, and legal history, and their current projects focus on the role of democracy in policy formation and on the role of elected prosecutors in modern state governments. Professor Yeargain’s work has been published (or has been selected for publication) in top-ranked law journals, including the Yale Law and Policy Review, UC Davis Law Review, Cardozo Law Review, Missouri Law Review, Texas A&M Law Review, and Ohio State Law Journal, and has recently been cited by the Idaho Supreme Court.
Professor Yeargain has joined amicus briefs in cases involving questions of state constitutional law and has advised voting-rights groups and plaintiffs as a consultant in redistricting litigation. They are a regular contributor to Bolts Magazine and the Brennan Center’s State Court Report, and regularly appear in the media to comment on topical issues in constitutional and election law.
Prior to joining the faculty at Widener Law Commonwealth, Professor Yeargain graduated from the Emory University School of Law with High Honors and as a Robert W. Woodruff Fellow. While at Emory, they served as the executive online editor of the Emory Law Journal and as the executive editor of the Emory Law Supreme Court Advocacy Program. After graduation, they clerked for Judge R. Lanier Anderson III on the United States Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit in Macon, Georgia. Professor Yeargain then served as the associate director of the Yale Center for Environmental Law and Policy and was appointed as a lecturer at the Yale School of the Environment in the Spring 2022 semester.
Outside of the classroom, Professor Yeargain enjoys hiking, jazz and ragtime music, playing board games (especially Clue and Reversi), and reading murder mysteries.
BA, University of Central Florida, summa cum laude
JD, Emory University School of Law, with high honors, Order of the Coif
Lecturer, Yale School of the Environment
Associate Director of the Yale Center for Environmental Law and Policy
Law Clerk, Judge R. Lanier Anderson III, United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
Quinn Yeargain shared thoughts on several state abortion bans that have been proposed and how these new regulations could play out on May 26, 2023.
WISCONSIN RAPIDS TRIBUNE
On March 30, 2023, Quinn Yeargain published an article examining proposed constitutional amendments on the ballot in Wisconsin which could impact bail access in that state.
Quinn Yeargain comments on PA Congressman Scott Perry likely being a key figure during the January 6th Committee's hearing on December 19, 2022.
On November 30, 2022, Quinn Yeargain discussed the impeachment proceedings being brought against Philadelphia District Attorney Larry Krasner.
Quinn Yeargain spoke on the potential challenges ahead of the PA midterm election on November 2, 2022.
Quinn Yeargain authored a story on ballot concerns in Arizona and Arkansas on September 21, 2022.
A discussion on the subject of book bans featured Quinn Yeargain on a September 1, 2022 episode of Radio Smart Talk.
Quinn Yeargain was part of a discussion on the FBI's seizure of a cell phone belonging to PA Congressman Scott Perry in connection with the January 6 investigations on August 12, 2022.
Act 77 was one of the main topics discussed by Quinn Yeargain on CBS21's "Face the State" program on August 7, 2022.