Joseph Hylton
Joseph G. Hylton, Ph.D.

J. Gordon Hylton joined the Marquette Law School faculty in 1995 after teaching at IIT Chicago-Kent and Washington University. From 1997 to 2001, Professor Hylton taught courses in legal and constitutional history and the history of sport in the Marquette History Department. He was the chair of the committee that created the current MULS Sports Law Program, and from 1997 to 1999, he served as interim director of the National Sports Law Institute. He is currently a member of the NSLI Board of Advisers and a member of the Sports Lawyers Association. His current research interests include a focus on the legal history of American sports.

Courses Taught

  • College of Professional Studies - Social-Historical Foundations of Sports
  • Other selected courses taught include: Sports Law, Baseball in American Culture, Professional Responsibility, Constitutional Law, American Legal History, American Constitutional History.


  • Harvard University, Ph.D., History of American Civilization
  • University of Virginia, J.D.; M.A., History
  • Oberlin College, A.B., History and English

Fellowships and Awards

  • Fellow, Virginia Foundation for the Humanities (2003 - 2005).
  • Senior Research Fellow and Scholar-in-Residence, Carter G. Woodson Institute for African and Afro-American History, University of Virginia (2003 - 2005).
  • Fulbright Senior Fellowship in Law, Ukraine (2000-2001).
  • Associate in the History of American Civilization, Harvard University (1986 - 1987).
  • American Historical Association, Littleton Griswold Fellowship (1986).


Research Interests

  • History of Civil Rights
  • History of Sports
  • History of Legal Profession

Selected Publications

  • SPORTS LAW AND REGULATION, (with Anderson, ed.), Marquette University Press (1999).
  • Baseball Cards and the Birth of the Right of Publicity: The Curious Case of Haelan Laboratories V. Topps Chewing Gum, 12 MARQUETTE SPORTS LAW REVIEW 273 (Fall 2001).
  • The Historical Origins of Professional Baseball Grievance Arbitration, 11 MARQUETTE SPORTS LAW REVIEW 175 (Spring 2001).
  • Jake Powell Incident a Shaky Precedent, 11 FOR THE RECORD: THE OFFICIAL NEWSLETTER OF THE NATIONAL SPORTS LAW INSTITUTE 1 (February/March 2000).
  • Why Baseball? Antitrust Exemption Survives, 9 MARQUETTE SPORTS LAW JOURNAL 391 (1999).
  • American Civil Rights Laws and the Legacy of Jackie Robinson, 8 MARQUETTE SPORTS LAW JOURNAL 387 (1998).

Teaching Experience

  • Marquette University College of Professional Studies, Instructor.
  • Marquette Law School, Professor of Law (1995 - Present).
  • University of Virginia, Visiting Professor of Law (2003 - 2005).
  • University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia, Visiting Professor, T.C. Bierne School of Law (Winter Term, 2002).
  • National University of Kyiv Mohyla Academy, Kiev, Ukraine, Fulbright Lecturer, Department of Law (Fall 2000).
  • International Institute of Linguistics and Law (now Kyiv International University), Kiev, Ukraine, Fulbright Lecturer, School of International Law (Fall 2000).
  • Washington University, Visiting Associate Professor, School of Law
    (1991 - 1993; Summer 1996).
  • Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago-Kent College of Law, Associate Professor (1994 - 1995); Assistant Professor (1987 - 1991; 1993 - 1994).
  • Washington University, Visiting Professor, School of Law (1991 - 1993; Summer 1996).

Professional Activities

  • Association of American Law Schools
  • Incoming Chair, Section on Legal History.
  • Outgoing Chair, Section on Law and Sports.
  • Member of the Executive Board, Sections on Property, Law and Agriculture, Law and Sports, and Legal History.
  • AALS House of Delegates, Marquette University Representative (2006); Alternate (2007).
  • Founder and Coordinator, Sports Law Listserv, operated by the Law and Sports Section of the Association of American Law Schools.
  • Member, Virginia State Bar Association, American Society for Legal History, American Historical Association, Organization of American Historians, American Studies Association, Society of American Baseball Research, Order of the Coif, Phi Alpha Delta.


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Marquette University College of Professional Studies
707 Building, Room 403
P.O. Box 1881
Milwaukee WI 53201-1881
Phone: (414) 288-3153 or (800) 793-6450, extension 2
FAX: (414) 288-3298