John D. Ohlendorf is a graduate of Bethany Lutheran College and Harvard Law School (magna cum laude), where he was an editor of the Harvard...Continue Reading
John D. Ohlendorf is a graduate of Bethany Lutheran College and Harvard Law School (magna cum laude), where he was an editor of the Harvard Journal of Law and Public Policy. After clerking for Judge Raymond Gruender of the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit, he was an Olin-Searle-Smith Fellow in Law at Northwestern University School of Law. His publications include “Textualism and the Problem of Scrivener’s Error,” in the Maine Law Review (2011), and “Politics, Constitutional Interpretation, and Media Ecology: An Argument Against Judicial Minimalism,” in the Harvard Journal of Law and Public Policy (2008). Mr. Ohlendorf’s areas of interest include civil procedure, statutory interpretation, federal jurisdiction, and constitutional law, and his current research, building on insights from language theory, focuses on the role of context and inference from silence in legal interpretation. He is currently working on a series of papers involving statutory interpretation, subject matter jurisdiction, preemption theory, federal common law, and implied repeal of legislation.