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Stewart Harris

Stewart Harris teaches Constitutional Law at the Appalachian School of Law (ASL) in Grundy, Virginia.

Professor Harris graduated from Princeton University in 1983.  In his sophomore year, he was selected for admission to the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, a multidisciplinary program spanning the Departments of Politics, History, Sociology and Economics. 

He graduated from the University of Pennsylvania Law School in Philadelphia in 1986, where he won the Law School's Edwin R. Keedy Moot Court championship.

Professor Harris then worked for the federal government in Washington, DC, where he spent four years on Capitol Hill advising the Army Corps of Engineers on flood control and navigation projects throughout the continental United States.  His duties included drafting congressional testimony for the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Civil Works.

Professor Harris subsequently worked for a large private law firm before establishing his own civil law practice in Florida with his wife, Priscilla Harris, who is now also on the ASL faculty.  In Florida, the Harrises concentrated on environmental, civil rights and First Amendment law, notably obtaining a half-million dollar settlement for a public official who had been libeled by a newspaper.

In 1999, Professor Harris began teaching at the University of Florida College of Law.  In 2001, he accepted a position on the faculty of the Appalachian School of Law, where he has earned the Faculty Scholarship Award and multiple awards for teaching.  For the past several years he has also taught Constitutional Law during the summer semester at the University of Tennessee College of Law. 

As part of ASL’s commitment to community service, Professor Harris has established and taught an SAT test preparation program at the Mountain Mission School in Grundy, Virginia, a charitable institution which houses and educates disadvantaged children.

In 2011, Professor Harris created a public radio show, Your Weekly Constitutional, which is produced at WETS-FM, the NPR affiliate in Johnson City, Tennessee, and syndicated nationally.  YWC is underwritten by Montpelier, the historic home of the Father of the Constitution, James Madison.  The show is on Facebook and Twitter, and podcasts are available on iTunes.