Jacob M. Coate, Esq.

Constitutional Law Fellow, Becket

Topics: Administrative Law & Regulation • Affirmative Action • Article I Initiative • Constitution • Culture • Due Process • Federal Courts • Federalism • Federalism & Separation of Powers • Federalist Society • First Amendment • Foreign Policy • Founding Era & History • Fourteenth Amendment • Fourth Amendment • Free Speech & Election Law • Jurisprudence • Litigation • Philosophy • Politics • Professional Responsibility & Legal Education • Regulatory Transparency Project • Religious Liberties • Religious Liberty • Second Amendment • Separation of Powers • Supreme Court

Jacob Coate joined Becket in 2019 as a Constitutional Law Fellow. His work includes both appellate and trial court litigation.

Before joining Becket, from 2018 to 2019, Jacob clerked for the Honorable Judge James S. Gwin of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio. And, in 2020, Jacob will clerk for the Honorable Raymond Gruender of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit.

After law school, Jacob worked as a litigator at Gibson Dunn & Crutcher in Washington, D.C. While there, he argued two motions to dismiss, worked on an appeal to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, and helped litigate an Arizona constitutional challenge on behalf of Governor Ducey.

Jacob graduated from the University of Michigan Law School in 2016, magna cum laude, where he was elected to the Order of the Coif. While in law school, Jacob placed third in the Campbell Moot Court Competition and served on the Oral Advocacy Competition Board. He also helped draft an amicus brief and petition for a writ of certiorari to the U.S. Supreme Court.

Before law school, Jacob graduated from the Ohio State University in 2014, magna cum laude, with a B.A. in Political Science. While in college, Jacob worked for the Ohio House of Representatives as a Constituent Aide.

Jacob enjoys watching Ohio State football, hiking, reading philosophy and history, and playing with his dog, Teddy. He is admitted to the Maryland and D.C. bars, and to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit.



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