Robert Yablon teaches Civil Procedure, Federal Jurisdiction, and the Law of Democracy. His research interests include political and election law, constitutional law, federal courts, and statutory interpretation.
Professor Yablon received his bachelor's degree in economics and political science from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and his master's degree in social policy from the University of Oxford, where he was a Rhodes Scholar. He then earned his J.D. at Yale Law School, where he was an Articles Editor of the Yale Law Journal.
Following law school, Professor Yablon served as a law clerk for Judge William Fletcher of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and for U.S. Supreme Court Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Sonia Sotomayor. He also worked in private practice at Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP in San Francisco and Washington, D.C. He has been the principal author of dozens of appellate and trial-level briefs, and has argued in a number of state and federal courts, including the U.S. Supreme Court.
Professor Yablon's recent articles include "Voting, Spending, and the Right to Participate," 111 Northwestern University Law Review 655 (2017), "Campaign Finance Reform Without Law," 103 Iowa Law Review 185 (2017), and "Campaigns, Inc.," 103 Minnesota Law Review __ (forthcoming 2018) (available for download on SSRN). In 2018, UW Law students honored Professor Yablon with the Classroom Teacher of the Year Award.
Scholarship & Publications
Robert Yablon's essay, "Political Advertising, Digital Platforms, and the Democratic Deficiencies of Self-Regulation," was published in a special election law compendium of Minnesota Law Review Headnotes.
The 2019 Wisconsin Law Review Symposium, which was chaired by former UW Law Professor Andrew Coan, featured a number of UW Law faculty, including Anuj Desai, Howie Erlanger, Neil Komesar, John Ohnesorge, Asifa Quraishi-Landes, David Schwartz, Miriam Seifter and Rob Yablon. The symposium, titled "Rationing the Constitution: How Judicial Capacity Shapes Supreme Decision-Making,” was held Oct. 24 and 25.
Rob Yablon wrote an issue brief for the American Constitution Society (with John H. Thompson, the director of the U.S. Census Bureau during the Obama Administration), "Preparing for the 2020 Census: Considerations for State Attorneys General." In conjunction with the release of the brief, the two were interviewed for an ACS podcast on the topic.
Rob Yablon participated on the panel, "Partisan Gerrymandering and the U.S. Constitution," which examined Gill v. Whitford, a gerrymandering case currently before the U.S. Supreme Court. The program was sponsored by the Madison Institute in September.
Robert Yablon's article, "Voting and Spending and the Right to Participate," was recently recommended on Jotwell: The Journal of Things We Like Lots. In her review of the article, Jessica Bulman-Pozen writes, "Judges and scholars alike will benefit from Yablon’s careful doctrinal analysis and his ambitious yet grounded argument for a fundamental right to participate in the electoral process."
News & Media
Monday, Sep 21, 2020 Miriam Seifter and Rob Yablon remember Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg
Wednesday, Aug 26, 2020Rob Yablon: Social media companies should take a more democratic approach to regulating political speech
The Regulatory Review
Friday, Jun 19, 2020Robert Yablon discusses a Wisconsin voter ID case that's been pending for 3 years
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Friday, Jul 12, 2019What does the Supreme Court's decision on redistricting mean for Wisconsin politics? Rob Yablon explains
Monday, Jul 1, 2019Rob Yablon and Erin Barbato discuss the implications of U.S. Supreme Court's census decision
The Capital Times
Friday, Jan 11, 2019A scam PAC masquerading as a charity duped hundreds of donors; Rob Yablon comments
The Capital Times
Wednesday, Oct 31, 2018Robert Yablon takes a look at voter access measures across the country
Wednesday, Aug 1, 2018After Supreme Court ruling on Gill v. Whitford, it's up to citizens to fix gerrymandering, says Rob Yablon
Tuesday, Jun 26, 2018Rob Yablon weighs in on Supreme Court's Ohio voter purge ruling
Thursday, Jun 14, 2018No bright line ruling likely on SCOTUS gerrymandering cases, says Rob Yablon
Thursday, Mar 29, 2018Robert Yablon explains what's ahead for special elections in Wisconsin
Wisconsin Public Radio
Monday, Mar 19, 2018Robert Yablon discusses Wisconsin's special elections lawsuit
Tuesday, Oct 3, 2017Company boards are keeping closer watch over political spending; Rob Yablon comments
Wall Street Journal
Thursday, May 9, 2019Miriam Seifter and Robert Yablon honored with Vilas professorships and awards
Tuesday, Mar 26, 2019Distinguished Teaching Award winner Rob Yablon sets law students up for success
Thursday, Jan 24, 2019Robert Yablon wins UW-Madison's Distinguished Teaching Award