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Edward Cantu joined the faculty in 2012 after serving as a Westerfield Fellow at Loyola New Orleans School of Law.

After graduating from the University of Texas School of Law in 2006, he clerked for U.S. District Judge Micaela Alvarez of the Southern District of Texas, then for Jennifer W. Elrod of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit.

Afterwards, he practiced at Sutherland, Asbill & Brennan, LLP, in Houston, where he focused on litigation motion practice and appellate brief writing. More recently, he served as lead counsel in several cases before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit.

Professor Cantu’s primary teaching areas are constitutional law and civil procedure.

His research is generally on these subjects, with a focus also on normative jurisprudence, separation-of-powers and practices in the federal courts that give rise to systemic constitutional problems.

He is a certified flight instructor, dog-lover, jogger, and a student of modern American history. He also enjoys working with his hands. He is presumably one of very few law professors nationally to own a framing nailer. Others should be aware that he is constantly looking for excuses to use it; thus, students and colleagues should avoid references in his presence to things in need of repair.