Patrick Gillen

Associate Professor


Curriculum Vitae


  • Ph.D., 2004, American History, University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, Indiana
  • J.D., 1992, Notre Dame Law School, Notre Dame, Indiana
  • M.A., 1987, American History, Fordham University, Bronx, New York
  • B.A., 1986, History, Providence College, Providence, Rhode Island

Areas of Expertise

  • Appellate Practice, Federal Courts, Civil Rights, Constitutional Law, Religious Freedom

Professional Experience

Prior to joining the faculty Professor Gillen served as a judicial clerk for the Hon. Daniel A. Manion, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit and the Hon. Robert D. Potter, United States District Court Judge for the Western District of North Carolina. In addition to these clerkships, he was engaged in the private practice of law for six years where his practice was focused on civil litigation involving a wide variety of matters, and engaged in public interest litigation in cases concerning constitutional law and civil liberties for seven years. Professor Gillen still engages in pro bono litigation involving civil rights.

Honors and Professional Affiliations

  • William Randolph Hearst Fellow, University of Notre Dame
  • Pindar Scholar, NDLS
  • Cornelius P. Forster Award, Providence College
  • Federalist Society Member
  • Admitted to practice before Supreme Court of the United States, U.S. Courts of Appeals for the First, Fourth, Fifth, and Seventh Circuits. Unites States District Court for the districts of Michigan and North Carolina, and the State of Michigan. Licensed in Michigan and North Carolina (inactive).

Key Works


  • Patrick T. Gillen, “Oppressive Taxation: Abuse of Rule 54 and Section 1920 Threatens Justice,” 58 Wayne L. Rev 235 (2012);
  • Patrick T. Gillen, “A Winn for Originalism Puts Establishment Clause Reform Within Reach,” 21 Wm. & Mary Bill Rts. J. 1107 (2013);
  • Patrick T. Gillen, “Preliminary Injunctive Relief against Governmental Defendants: Trustworthy Shield or Sword of Damocles?,” __ Drexel Law Review __ (2016).
  • Patrick T. Gillen, “Intelligent Design and the Constitution: The Truth Will Set Us Free,” 4 University of St. Thomas Journal of Law & Public Policy, 1 (2009)


  • Patrick T. Gillen, “Intelligent Design and the Constitution: The Truth Will Set Us Free,” 4 University of St. Thomas School of Law, Fall 2009.
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