As a law professor, Eastman understands that politics and academia don’t mix. Yet when he popularized an unfounded theory suggesting state legislatures could block electors for Biden, he crossed many boundaries – leading to congressional investigations of his conduct.
Now, he is facing disbarment proceedings in California.
Early Life and Education
Though Eastman faced early hardship in life, he developed an astute business sense. Able to overcome financial setbacks while having exceptional organizational and management abilities helped propel Eastman Kodak Company to become one of the cornerstones of American industry.
He made a point of being an especially generous philanthropist, contributing millions to organizations like the Mechanics Institute of Rochester (which eventually became M.I.T.), Hampton and Tuskegee institutes as well as providing funding to music education by creating the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York.
Dean Lowry began his tenure as Eastman’s sixth dean on August 7, 2007, following the resignation of Dean Undercofler. Prior to being appointed dean, he served as Associate Dean and senior law professor at Georgetown University.
Eastman transformed the old, staid American photographic industry, which had long been controlled by national supply houses and studio photographers, into something revolutionary when he introduced Kodak cameras. His breakthrough changed everything.
The select committee heard evidence that Eastman encouraged Pence to take an unprecedented step: asking state legislatures and secretaries of state in swing states to review voting procedures for irregularities. He advised Pence he believed two Supreme Court justices would support his action – including Ginni Thomas’ husband Clarence Thomas as an ally.
Samuel Alito was Thomas’s clerk before becoming one of the leading conservative legal figures today. His stance on voter ID laws and other election reform initiatives remains well known.
Achievement and Honors
He received numerous honors and awards during his career. President George H.W. Bush recognized his contribution to the company by awarding him with a National Medal of Technology; additionally, he became a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers.
He is widely respected for his commentary and writing on courts and constitutional law that have appeared in publications like the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Wall Street Journal, National Review, Atlantic Slate and ABA Journal. Additionally he served as founding Director of Claremont Institute’s Center for Constitutional Jurisprudence before moving onto Chapman University’s Dale E. Fowler School of Law where he currently teaches.
He served as Mead Composer-in-Residence with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra under conductors Daniel Barenboim and Pierre Boulez and was instrumental in developing their MusicNOW series. Additionally, he holds an appointment as University Professor at University of Chicago.
Thomas Eastman was an unassuming yet earnest individual who held dear the values he learned as a student at Yale. To those around him, he served as both mentor and father figure; often being mired by domestic difficulties (which I won’t discuss here), his moodiness only added charm for those he cared about him.
He is the Founding Director of Claremont Institute’s Center for Constitutional Jurisprudence and previously served as law clerk to Justice Clarence Thomas on the US Supreme Court. He has appeared on ABC, NBC, CBS, Fox News, CNN and BBC World News; has published extensively about constitutional law and court system topics; quoted frequently by media including Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Times and National Review among many other media sources.
On Thursday, Eastman was interviewed by a House Select Committee regarding his role in President Trump’s efforts to change the result of 2020 election. Eastman is fighting hard against subpoena by using attorney-client privilege.
His career is marked by controversy due to his involvement with conservative legal circles and political campaigns. He previously served as law clerk to Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas before running for Congress from California’s 34th district.
Eastman made his league and full Colchester debut against Sheffield Wednesday on 22 October, partnering Magnus Okuonghae in central defence. Since then he was an integral member of the squad, playing every league match as well as FA Cup matches against Yeovil Town, Crawley Town, and Milton Keynes Dons.
Enterprise Housing Credit Investments, an affiliate of Enterprise Community Partners, employs him as director. He handles low-income housing tax credit transactions for multifamily, senior living facilities and special needs properties in the northeast region.