Quinnipiac University
Stephen G. Gilles

Professor of Law

Stephen Gilles graduated from St. John’s College (Annapolis) in 1976, and received his law degree from the University of Chicago Law School in 1984. After clerking for U.S. Circuit Judge Robert Bork and U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, he practiced as an appellate litigator, and subsequently taught at the University of Chicago Law School. He has been a Professor of Law at the Quinnipiac University School of Law since 1995. He has visited at Washington and Lee Law School and the John Marshall Law School. He teaches tort law, constitutional law, first amendment law, and law and economics. His research interests include tort law and constitutional law, especially issues of substantive due process such as parental and reproductive rights.
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  • BA, St. Johns College MD
  • JD, The University of Chicago

Areas of Expertise

  • Torts
  • Constitutional Law
  • Civil Rights
  • Law and Religion


  • Law

Office Location

  • School of Law and Education 163

Mail Drop

  • LW-FAC

Selected Publications

Mandatory Liability Insurance for Firearm Owners: Design Choices and Second Amendment Limits

Stephen G. Gilles & Nelson Lund

14 ENGAGE 18 (February 2013)

Restoring Casey's Undue-Burden Standard after Whole Women's Health v. Hellerstedt

Stephen G. Gilles

35 QUINNIPIAC L. REV. 701 (2017)

Response, A Second Amendment Right to Be Negligent?

Stephen G. Gilles & Nelson Lund

68 FLA. L. REV FORUM 83 (2016)

Commentary, Justice Kennedy's Disastrous Defection--and Its Likely Limits

Stephen G. Gilles

https://casetext.com June 29 (2016)

Should Pregnancy Help Centers Offer Post-Natal Financial Support to Reduce the Incidence of Abortion

Stephen G. Gilles

13 AVE MARIA L. REV. 21 (2015)

Does the Right to Elective Abortion include the Right to Ensure the Death of the Fetus

Stephen G. Gilles

49 U. RICH. L. REV. 1009 (2015)

Why the Right to Elective Abortion Fails Casey's Own Interest-Balancing Methodology - And Why it Matters

Stephen G. Gilles

91 NOTRE DAME L. REV. 691 (2015)

Insurance as Gun Control; A Liability Insurance Mandate for Firearm Owners May Pass Constitutional Muster, But Its Effect on Violent Crime Would Be Modest

Stephen G. Gilles & Nelson Lund

36 REGULATION 38 (2013)

The Supreme Court and Legal Uncertainty

Stephen G. Gilles

60 DEPAUL L. REV. 311 (2011)

Roe's Life-or-Health Exception: Self-Defense or Relative-Safety

Stephen G. Gilles

85 NOTRE DAME L. REV. 525 (2010)

Commentary: As Justice Kennedy Said….

Stephen G. Gilles

January 2008 FIRST THINGS 18 (2008)


Stephen G. Gilles

United States v. Carroll Towing Co.: The Hand Formula's Home Port 11 (Foundation Press 2003)