Elected Member

Professor Anthony J. Gaughan

Des Moines, IA
Drake University Law School
University of Minnesota, B.A. (history)
University of Wisconsin-Madison, Ph.D. (history)
Harvard Law School, J.D.

Anthony Gaughan is Professor of Law and Kern Family Chair in Law at Drake University Law School. He teaches Civil Procedure, Constitutional Law, Election Law, and Evidence. Prior to joining Drake Law, he was a litigator with a large Wisconsin law firm.  Anthony is also an Iraq veteran and former U.S. Navy officer.

His recent law review articles include James Madison, Citizens United, and the Constitutional Problem of Corruption, 67 American University Law Review 1485 (2020) (symposium); Chester Arthur’s Ghost: A Cautionary Tale of Campaign Finance Reform, 71 Mercer Law Review 779 (2020) (symposium); Putin’s Revenge: The Foreign Threat to American Campaign Finance Law, 62 Howard Law Journal 855 (Spring 2019) (symposium); Was the Democratic Nomination Rigged? A Reexamination of the Clinton-Sanders Presidential Race, 29 University of Florida Journal of Law and Public Policy 309 (2019);Trump, Twitter, and the Russians: The Growing Obsolescence of Federal Campaign Finance Law, 27 University of Southern California Interdisciplinary Law Journal 79 (2017); Illiberal Democracy: The Toxic Mix of Fake News, Hyperpolarization, and Partisan Election Administration, 12 Duke Journal of Constitutional Law & Public Policy 57 (2017) (symposium); The 40-Year War on Money in Politics: Watergate, FECA, and the Future of Campaign Finance Reform, 77 Ohio State Law Journal 791 (2016) (symposium); Ramshackle Federalism: America’s Archaic and Dysfunctional Presidential Election System, 85 Fordham Law Review 1021 (2016) (symposium); and Collateral Damage and the Laws of War: D-Day as a Case Study, 55 American Journal of Legal History 229 (2015) (peer reviewed).

He is author of the book, The Last Battle of the Civil War: United States versus Lee, 1861-1883 (Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press, 2011) (peer reviewed). 

He has received the Leland Forrest Outstanding Professor of the Year award three times from the graduating class at Drake Law School (2015, 2016, and 2021). He was awarded the Defense Meritorious Service Medal and the Iraq Campaign Medal for his military service in Iraq. 

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Areas of Expertise
Civil Practice & Procedure (Litigation)
Evidence (Litigation)
Legal History
Election (Political Law)