Professor Hill joined the IU Robert H. McKinney School of Law in 2003. He holds a J.D. and Ph.D. in philosophy, both from Georgetown University. He has taught most of the courses in the first-year curriculum including Constitutional Law, Civil Procedure, Torts and Criminal Law. He also teaches several courses in the upper division including First Amendment, Jurisprudence and Bioethics.
Professor Hill has published five books, the most recent of which After the Natural Law: How the Classical Worldview Supports Our Modern Moral and Political Values was published by Ignatius Press in 2016 and translated into German in 2018. The book traces the development of western philosophy from classical to modern times and argues that our most important moral and political principles -- freedom, responsibility, equality and human dignity – are incoherent without a foundation in natural law. His book, The Political Centrist (Vanderbilt, 2009), argues that liberalism and conservatism are meaningless labels and defends a centrist approach to such issues as the scope of government power, affirmative action, the death penalty and the debate over illegal immigration. He is also currently completing another book, The Father of Modern Constitutional Liberalism: John Stuart Mill and the Supreme Court.
Professor Hill has also published several articles which have appeared in such venues as the New York University Law Review, the Cornell Law Review, the Iowa Law Review and the Georgetown Law Journal. His "intentional" theory of parenting in surrogate mother contracts, defended in the New York University Law Review article, was cited and adopted by the Supreme Court of California in Johnson v Calvert. He is a member of the Bars of Illinois and California.
Professor Hill has also taught classes in the Philosophy Department, including "Philosophical Issues in Criminal Law" and "The Philosophical Foundations of Modern Liberalism and Conservatism."
In his spare time, he enjoys music and plays blues and jazz piano.
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