Caleb Nelson is the Emerson G. Spies Distinguished Professor of Law at the University of Virginia School of Law. He teaches Civil Procedure, Federal Courts, and Legislation, and his research is also in those fields. He is a past winner of UVa’s All-University Teaching Award. His articles have appeared in the Harvard Law Review, the Yale Law Journal, the Columbia Law Review, the University of Chicago Law Review, and other leading journals.
Nelson received his undergraduate degree from Harvard, where he majored in mathematics, won the Wendell Prize, and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa as a junior. He spent two years as an editor at The Public Interest before attending Yale Law School. After receiving his law degree, Nelson clerked for Judge Stephen F. Williams on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit and Justice Clarence Thomas on the U.S. Supreme Court. Following his clerkships, he practiced law for roughly three years at the Cincinnati firm of Taft, Stettinius & Hollister. He joined the Virginia faculty in 1998.