Areas of Study

Constitutional

Faculty

  • Amy Adler
    Emily Kempin Professor of Law
    Amy Adler is the Emily Kempin Professor of Law at NYU School of Law. A leading scholar of art law, Adler specializes in the legal regulation of artistic expression, sexuality, and free speech. Her scholarship focuses on the intersection of law and culture; her work draws on an array of fields, primarily from the arts and humanities, to explore legal questions. Adler has written numerous articles on issues ranging from the moral rights of artists, to the impact of postmodernism on obscenity law, to the legal regulation of pornography and sexting. She has lectured to a wide variety of audiences including attorneys general, artists, and members of the FBI. Adler is a graduate of Yale Law School, where she was a senior editor of the Yale Law Journal. She graduated summa cum laude from Yale University, where she was elected to Phi Beta Kappa and where she received the Marshall Allison Prize in the arts and letters.
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  • Claudia Angelos
    Clinical Professor of Law
    Claudia Angelos, an authority on prisoners’ rights, teaches lawyering and litigation and directs the Civil Rights Clinic, the Racial Justice Clinic, and the New York Civil Liberties Clinic at NYU Law. Over more than twenty years at the Law School, she and her students have litigated more than 100 civil rights cases in the New York federal courts. She frequently speaks on a range of issues, including legal education, prisoners’ rights, civil rights, ethics, and pretrial and trial practice. She is an honors graduate of Radcliffe College and Harvard Law School and a member of Phi Beta Kappa. A long-time past president of the New York Civil Liberties Union, Angelos now serves as its general counsel and sits on the board and the executive committee of the American Civil Liberties Union. She is also a member of the board and executive committee of the Clinical Legal Education Association and the boards of the Prisoners’ Legal Services of New York and the Society of American Law Teachers.
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  • Rachel Barkow
    Segal Family Professor of Regulatory Law and Policy
    Rachel Barkow’s scholarship focuses on applying the lessons and theory of administrative and constitutional law to the administration of criminal justice. She has written more than 20 articles, recently joined the leading criminal law casebook as a co-author, and is recognized as one of the country’s leading experts on criminal law and policy. She received the NYU Distinguished Teaching Award in 2013 and the Law School’s Podell Distinguished Teaching Award in 2007. In June 2013, the Senate confirmed her as a member of the United States Sentencing Commission. Since 2010, she has also been a member of the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office Conviction Integrity Policy Advisory Panel. After graduating from Northwestern University (BA ’93), Barkow attended Harvard Law School (’96), where she won the Sears Prize. She served as a law clerk to Judge Laurence H. Silberman of the DC Circuit and Justice Antonin Scalia of the US Supreme Court. Barkow was an associate at Kellogg, Huber, Hansen, Todd, Evans & Figel in Washington, DC, before joining the NYU Law faculty.
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  • Sarah Burns
    Professor of Clinical Law;
    Faculty Director, Carr Center for Reproductive Justice
    Sarah Burns is faculty director of the Carr Center for Reproductive Justice and supervises the Reproductive Justice Clinic, which represents clients throughout the United States in litigation and policy projects centering on reproductive decision making. Burns is executive director of Washington Square Legal Services, the nonprofit entity under which most NYU Clinical Law Programs practice law. Burns also co-founded and oversees the Mediation Clinic and the Litigation, Organizing & Systemic Change Clinic, conducted in partnership with Make the Road NY and Center for Popular Democracy. Burns combines law with learning in social science to develop effective solutions for problems that institutions and communities face. Burns, who has been on the NYU faculty since 1990, specializes in experiential learning pedagogy, developing simulation and clinical courses in litigation, negotiation, mediation, policy advocacy, and systemic change. Burns began her law practice as a litigating attorney with the Washington, DC, commercial law firm Covington & Burling, representing industry associations in federal regulatory matters that Burns cites as “a key introduction to interest-based and advocacy legal practice so central to all negotiation and coalition work—whether in for-profit or not-for-profit/NGO sectors.” Burns later moved into public interest civil rights practice, undertaking litigation, legislative, and policy advocacy work. She has worked nationwide on cases in federal and state courts, and has advised legislative and regulatory initiatives. Burns graduated in 1979 from Yale Law School, where she edited the Yale Law Journal, and holds master’s degrees from Stanford University in sociology and the University of Oklahoma in human relations.
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  • Paulette Caldwell
    Professor of Law on sabbatical (fall)
    Paulette Caldwell is an expert on race and civil rights with a concentration on discrimination in employment and public education law. She speaks and writes on a range of issues including critical race theory, the intersection of race and gender, disparate impact theory, and the fair governance of public schools. She is an honors graduate of Howard University School of Law, where she served as managing editor of the law review, and of Howard University College of Liberal Arts. Prior to joining the Law School in 1979, she served for a decade at the Ford Foundation and the law firm of Patterson, Belknap, Webb & Tyler, specializing in real estate transactions and the corporate and tax representation of charitable and other nonprofit organizations. She has served as a consultant to and board member of numerous nonprofit organizations and is currently a member of the board of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law.
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  • Adam Cox
    Professor of Law
    Adam Cox’s research stretches broadly across the fields of immigration law, voting rights, and American constitutional law. Prior to joining NYU Law’s faculty, he was a professor of law at the University of Chicago Law School. He was also previously a law clerk to Judge Stephen Reinhardt of the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, as well as the Karpatkin Civil Rights Fellow for the American Civil Liberties Union. Cox graduated from Princeton University, summa cum laude in mechanical and aerospace engineering, and the University of Michigan Law School, where he served as an articles editor of the Michigan Law Review and received the Daniel H. Grady Prize for graduating first in the law school class.
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  • Peggy Cooper Davis
    John S. R. Shad Professor of Lawyering and Ethics;
    Director, Experiential Learning Lab
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  • Norman Dorsen
    Frederick I. and Grace A. Stokes Professor of Law;
    Co-Director, Arthur Garfield Hays Civil Liberties Program;
    Counselor to the President of the University;
    International Journal of Constitutional Law
    Norman Dorsen has taught at NYU School of Law since 1961, when he became director of the Hays Civil Liberties Program, the oldest of its kind in the country. Previously he served on the legal staff of the army during the celebrated Army-McCarthy hearings, which led to the downfall of Senator Joseph McCarthy. Dorsen served as law clerk to Chief Judge Calvert Magruder of the US Court of Appeals for the First Circuit and US Supreme Court Justice John Marshall Harlan. He is the author or editor of many articles and 16 books on all aspects of constitutional law. In 1994, Dorsen became the founding director of NYU’s Hauser Global Law School Program. In 1999, he founded the International Journal of Constitutional Law (I•CON) and was its editorial director until 2007. Dorsen served as president of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) from 1976 to 1991. Earlier, while general counsel to the ACLU, he argued many Supreme Court cases, including those that won for juveniles the right to due process, upheld constitutional rights of out-of-wedlock children, and advanced abortion rights. He also helped write the petitioner’s brief in Roe v. Wade and appeared amicus curiae in the Gideon case, the Pentagon Papers case, the Nixon tapes case, and many other cases. Dorsen was the founding president of the Society of American Law Teachers and the US Association of Constitutional Law, and he was an organizer and founding board member of the International Association of Law Schools. He has received three honorary degrees, a medal from the French Minister of Justice for his civil liberties work, the Eleanor Roosevelt Medal from President Clinton for contributions to human rights, and the first triennial award of the Association of American Law Schools for lifetime contributions to law and to legal education.
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  • Cynthia Estlund
    Catherine A. Rein Professor of Law
    Cynthia Estlund is a leading scholar of labor and employment law and workplace governance. In her recent book Regoverning the Workplace: From Self-Regulation to Co-Regulation (2010), she chronicles the current crisis of workplace governance and charts a potential path forward. In her first book, Working Together: How Workplace Bonds Strengthen a Diverse Democracy (2003), she argued that the workplace is a site of both comparatively successful integration and intense cooperation, and she explored the implications for democratic theory and for labor and employment law. Other writings focus on freedom of speech and procedural fairness at work; diversity, integration, and affirmative action; and critical perspectives on labor law. Her current research is in comparative perspectives on fundamental labor rights, and labor unrest and labor law reform in China. Before joining the NYU School of Law faculty in 2006, Estlund taught at the University of Texas School of Law and Columbia Law School. Estlund graduated summa cum laude from Lawrence University, in Appleton, Wisconsin, in 1978. She earned her JD at Yale Law School in 1983.
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  • Samuel Estreicher
    Dwight D. Opperman Professor of Law;
    Director, Center for Labor and Employment Law;
    Co-Director, Dwight D. Opperman Institute of Judicial Administration
    Samuel Estreicher has published more than a dozen books, including a forthcoming Cambridge University Press book on access to civil justice; leading casebooks on labor law and employment discrimination and employment law; and authored more than 150 articles in professional and academic journals. After clerking for Judge Harold Leventhal of the US Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit, practicing in a labor law firm, and clerking for Justice Lewis F. Powell Jr. of the US Supreme Court, Estreicher joined the NYU School of Law faculty in 1978. He is the former secretary of the Labor and Employment Law Section of the American Bar Association, a former chair of the Committee on Labor and Employment Law of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York, and chief reporter of the Restatement Third of Employment Law, sponsored by the American Law Institute. He is also of counsel to Schulte Roth & Zabel in its employment and employee benefits group. In addition, he maintains an active appellate and ADR practice. The Labor and Employment Research Association awarded him its 2010 Susan C. Eaton Award for Outstanding Scholar-Practitioner. In recent years, Estreicher has published work in public international law and authored several briefs in the Supreme Court and US courts of appeals on international issues. In 2013, he was appointed a member of the Administrative Review Board of the Asian Development Bank in Manila in the Philippines. Estreicher received his BA from Columbia College, his MS in industrial relations from Cornell University, and his JD from Columbia Law School, where he was editor-in-chief of the Columbia Law Review.
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  • John Ferejohn
    The Samuel Tilden Professor of Law
    John Ferejohn joined the NYU School of Law faculty full-time in Fall 2009 as a professor of law and politics after teaching at the Law School as a perennial visiting professor since 1993. Ferejohn’s scholarship focuses on the development of positive political theory, and especially its application to the study of legal and political institutions and behavior. His most current research concerns Congress and policy making, courts within the separation-of-powers system, constitutional adjudication from a comparative perspective, democratic theory and law, and the philosophy of social science. Ferejohn was a professor of social science at the California Institute of Technology from 1972 to 1983. He then joined the faculty at Stanford University, where he became the Carolyn S. G. Munro Professor of Political Science and a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution where he served until 2009. Ferejohn earned his PhD in political science at Stanford University in 1972, received a Guggenheim Fellowship in 1981, and received an honorary doctorate at Yale University in 2007. His publications include A Republic of Statutes: The New American Constitution (2010), The Personal Vote: Constituency Service and Electoral Independence (1987), both of which he co-authored, and Pork Barrel Politics: Rivers and Harbors Legislation, 1947-1968 (1974), and many scholarly articles in law, political science, economics, and philosophy. He is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the National Academy of Sciences.
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  • Barry Friedman
    Jacob D. Fuchsberg Professor of Law on sabbatical (fall)
    Barry Friedman is one of the country’s leading authorities on constitutional law and the federal courts. He is the author of the critically-acclaimed The Will of the People: How Public Opinion Has Influenced the Supreme Court and Shaped the Meaning of the Constitution (2009), and is currently writing a book on policing and the Constitution. Friedman publishes frequently in the nation’s leading academic journals, in the fields of law, politics, and history; his work also appears frequently in the popular press, including the New York Times, Slate, the Los Angeles Times, Politico, and the New Republic. Friedman serves as a litigator or litigation consultant on a variety of matters in the federal and state courts. He teaches a range of courses including Constitutional Law, Federal Courts, and Criminal Procedure, as well as a new course entitled Judicial Decisionmaking in Constitutional Cases that marries social science about judging with normative and institutional legal questions. He has been a visiting scholar and lecturer at the Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Center in Italy; Groupe d’Etudes et de Recherches sur la Justice Constitutionnelle, Sciences Po Aix, in Aix-en-Provence, France; and the University of Hong Kong. Friedman graduated with honors from the University of Chicago and received his law degree magna cum laude from Georgetown University Law Center. He clerked for Judge Phyllis A. Kravitch of the US Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit.
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  • David Golove
    Hiller Family Foundation Professor of Law
    David Golove specializes in the constitutional law of foreign affairs and has written extensively on the constitutional history pertaining to that field. He is best known for his book-length article “Treaty-Making and the Nation: The Historical Foundations of the Nationalist Conception of the Treaty Power,” published in the Michigan Law Review, in which he comprehensively considers a question of constitutional law that has been controversial from the moment of the nation’s birth in 1776: Can the US government, through its power to make treaties, effectively regulate subjects that would otherwise be beyond the reach of Congress’s enumerated legislative powers—for example, a treaty prohibiting the death penalty? He answers yes, and in doing so he has produced both a major work of legal historical scholarship and an important legal and constitutional defense of federal power. Golove has also written about the constitutional issues raised by so-called international delegations of governmental authority and the war on terror. Golove received his BA from the University of California at Berkeley in 1979 and has law degrees from Boalt Hall and Yale. He teaches in the fields of constitutional law and international law.
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  • Helen Hershkoff
    Herbert M. and Svetlana Wachtell Professor of Constitutional Law and Civil Liberties on leave (fall);
    Co-Director, Arthur Garfield Hays Civil Liberties Program
    Helen Hershkoff’s teaching and scholarship involve civil procedure, federal jurisdiction, and constitutional law. She currently is a co-author of Friedenthal, Miller, Sexton, and Hershkoff’s Civil Procedure: Cases and Materials, co-editor/co-author of Civil Litigation in Comparative Context, and a member of the author team of the “Wright & Miller” treatise on federal procedure, focusing on the United States as party. Hershkoff also writes about state constitutions, on such topics as social and economic rights, constitutional interpretation, and the relation between constitutional norms and common law. With Stephen Loffredo she is author of The Rights of the Poor (1997). Hershkoff graduated from Harvard College, Harvard Law School, and Oxford University, where she studied modern history as a Marshall Scholar. Until 1995, Hershkoff was a practicing lawyer in New York, first as a litigation associate at Paul Weiss Rifkind Wharton & Garrison, then as a staff attorney at the Legal Aid Society, and finally as an associate legal director at the American Civil Liberties Union. From 2006 to 2009, Hershkoff was the Anne and Joel Ehrenkranz Professor of Law. In 2012, she received the Podell Distinguished Teaching Award.
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  • Roderick Hills
    William T. Comfort, III Professor of Law
    Roderick Hills teaches and writes in public law areas with a focus on the law governing division of powers between central and subcentral governments. These areas include constitutional law, local government law, land use regulation, jurisdiction and conflicts of law, and education law. His publications have appeared, among other places, in the Harvard Law Review, Pennsylvania Law Review, Michigan Law Review, Stanford Law Review, the University of Chicago Law Review, and the Supreme Court Law Review. Hills has been a cooperating counsel with the American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan and also files amicus briefs in cases on issues relevant to the autonomy of state and local governments and the protection of their powers from preemption. Hills holds bachelor’s and law degrees from Yale University. He served as a law clerk for Judge Patrick Higginbotham of the US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit and previously taught at the University of Michigan Law School. He is a member of the state bar of New York and the US Supreme Court bar.
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  • Stephen Holmes
    Walter E. Meyer Professor of Law
    Stephen Holmes’s research centers on the history of European liberalism, the 1787 Constitution as a blueprint for continental expansion, the incoherence of the deep state in the Russian Federation, and the difficulty of combating international terrorism within the bounds of the Constitution and the rule of law. In 1988, he was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship to complete a study of the theoretical foundations of liberal democracy. He was named a Carnegie Scholar in 2003-05 for his work on Russian legal reform. Besides numerous articles on the history of political thought, democratic and constitutional theory, state building in post-Communist Russia, and the war on terror, Holmes has written several books, including The Cost of Rights: Why Liberty Depends on Taxes, co-authored with Cass Sunstein (1998), and The Matador’s Cape: America’s Reckless Response to Terror (2007). After receiving his PhD from Yale in 1976, Holmes taught briefly at Yale and Wesleyan universities before becoming a member of the Institute for Advanced Study at Princeton University in 1978. He later taught at Harvard University, the University of Chicago, and Princeton before joining the faculty at NYU School of Law in 2000.
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  • Samuel Issacharoff
    Bonnie and Richard Reiss Professor of Constitutional Law
    Samuel Issacharoff’s wide-ranging research deals with issues in civil procedure (especially complex litigation and class actions), law and economics, American and comparative constitutional law, and employment law. He is one of the pioneers in the law of the political process; his Law of Democracy casebook (co-authored with Stanford Law School’s Pam Karlan and NYU School of Law’s Richard Pildes) and dozens of articles have helped create this vibrant new area of constitutional law. In addition to ongoing involvement in some of the front-burner cases involving mass harms, he served as the reporter for the Principles of the Law of Aggregate Litigation of the American Law Institute. Issacharoff is a 1983 graduate of Yale Law School. He began his teaching career in 1989 at the University of Texas, where he held the Joseph D. Jamail Centennial Chair in Law. In 1999, Issacharoff moved to Columbia Law School, where he was the Harold R. Medina Professor in Procedural Jurisprudence. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
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  • Mattias Kumm
    Inge Rennert Professor of Law on leave (fall)
    Mattias Kumm’s research focuses on basic issues in European and comparative constitutional law, international law, and philosophy of law. Kumm joined NYU School of Law in 2000 after studies in law, philosophy, and political science in Kiel, Germany, and Paris and doctorate work at Harvard University. He holds a part-time joint appointment as a professor for globalization and the rule of law at the Social Science Research Center and Humboldt University, both in Berlin. He has held visiting appointments at Yale Law School, Harvard Law School, and the European University Institute (Florence), and has lectured at other leading universities worldwide. Kumm is a founding editor and editor-in-chief of Global Constitutionalism (Cambridge University Press) and on the board of I•CON and other journals, as well as a member of the faculty advisory committee of the Institute for International Law and Justice at NYU Law.
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  • Sylvia Law
    Elizabeth K. Dollard Professor of Law, Medicine and Psychiatry;
    Co-Director, Arthur Garfield Hays Civil Liberties Program
    For more than four decades, Sylvia Law ’68 has been one of the nation’s leading scholars in the fields of health law, women’s rights, poverty, and constitutional law. She has played a major role in dozens of civil rights cases before the US Supreme Court and in lower state and federal courts, and she has testified before Congress and state legislatures on a range of issues. In 1983, Law became the first lawyer in the United States selected as a MacArthur Fellow. She has been active in the Society of American Law Teachers, served as its president from 1988 to 1990, and was honored by the organization with the 2001 Great Teacher Award. In 2004, Law was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
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  • Daryl Levinson
    Vice Dean and David Boies Professor of Law
    Daryl Levinson is the David Boies Professor of Law and Vice Dean at NYU. He has also held faculty appointments at the University of Virginia School of Law and, more recently, Harvard Law School, where he was the Fessenden Professor of Law and a faculty fellow of the Harvard Project on Justice, Welfare, and Economics. His primary field of teaching and research is constitutional law, but Levinson’s scholarship has ranged more broadly, addressing topics such as group punishment and empire-building government. Levinson has received the Sacks-Freund Teaching Award at Harvard and the Podell Distinguished Teaching Award at NYU School of Law. He is a member of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences. Levinson received his BA from Harvard University, and earned his JD and an MA in English and modern studies from the University of Virginia.
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  • Deborah Malamud
    AnBryce Professor of Law on sabbatical (fall)
    Deborah Malamud is a leader among legal academics who study issues of class and public policy, as well as an expert on labor and employment law. Her contributions to the study of class and the law focus on how the law reflects and helps shape our understanding of what it means to be a member of the middle class in the United States. Malamud is also known for her doctrinal and historical scholarship on key issues in labor law and employment discrimination doctrine, including affirmative action. Malamud served as the faculty director of the AnBryce Scholarship Program at NYU School of Law from 2004 to 2011. She viewed her involvement with this unique community of scholars as both an honor and a distinctive opportunity. Malamud was on the faculty of the University of Michigan Law School from 1992 to 2003. Before embarking on her academic career, she was a law clerk to Judge Louis Pollak, US District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, and Justice Harry Blackmun of the US Supreme Court. Malamud received her BA from Wesleyan University and her JD from the University of Chicago Law School.
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  • Trevor Morrison
    Dean;
    Eric M. and Laurie B. Roth Professor of Law
    Trevor Morrison came to NYU School of Law in June 2013 from Columbia Law School, where he was Liviu Librescu Professor of Law as well as faculty co-director of the Center for Constitutional Governance and faculty co-chair of the Hertog Program on Law and National Security. In 2009, Morrison was associate counsel to President Barack Obama. Morrison’s research and teaching interests are in constitutional law, federal courts, and the law of the executive branch. He has developed particular renown for his expertise in constitutional law as practiced in the executive branch. His scholarship has appeared in the Harvard Law Review, the Yale Law Journal, and the Columbia Law Review, among other publications. From 2003 to 2008, Morrison taught at Cornell Law School, and was a visiting associate professor at NYU Law in 2007. He was previously a law clerk to Judge Betty B. Fletcher of the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg of the US Supreme Court. Between the two clerkships, he was a Bristow Fellow in the US Justice Department’s Office of the Solicitor General, an attorney-advisor in the Justice Department’s Office of Legal Counsel, and an associate at Wilmer, Cutler & Pickering. Morrison received a BA with honors in history from the University of British Columbia in 1994, and a JD from Columbia Law School in 1998. He was also a Richard Hofstadter Fellow in History at Columbia University.
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  • Burt Neuborne
    Inez Milholland Professor of Civil Liberties;
    Founding Legal Director, Brennan Center for Justice
    Burt Neuborne is one of the nation’s foremost civil liberties lawyers, teachers, and scholars. He is the founding legal director of the Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law. Neuborne has served as national legal director of the American Civil Liberties Union, special counsel to the National Organization for Women Legal Defense and Education Fund, and member of the New York City Human Rights Commission. He challenged the constitutionality of the Vietnam War, worked on the Pentagon Papers case, worked with Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg when she headed the ACLU Women’s Rights Project, and anchored the ACLU’s legal program during the Reagan years. At the Brennan Center, he has concentrated on campaign finance reform and efforts to reform the democratic process. In recent years, Neuborne has served as principal counsel in cases that have resulted in the payment of $7.5 billion to Holocaust victims. He has received the University-wide Distinguished Teaching Award and been elected to membership in the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Among his best-known scholarly works is the two-volume Political and Civil Rights in the United States, which he co-authored with NYU colleagues Norman Dorsen and Sylvia Law, and Paul Bender. In 1996, Neuborne appeared as Jerry Falwell’s lawyer in the Milos Forman movie The People vs. Larry Flynt. His new book, “Madison’s Music:” On Reading the First Amendment, is scheduled for publication in the fall of 2014.
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  • Richard Pildes
    Sudler Family Professor of Constitutional Law
    Richard Pildes is one of the nation’s leading scholars of public law and a specialist in legal issues concerning democracy and the structure of government. His scholarship ranges across issues such as separation of powers, national security, the design of democratic institutions in the United States and internationally, constitutional theory, and the Voting Rights Act. He is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and has been a Guggenheim Fellow and a Carnegie Scholar. Pildes is co-author of The Law of Democracy: Legal Structure of the Political Process (fourth edition, 2012) and an editor of The Future of the Voting Rights Act (2006). He has argued numerous cases in the federal courts, the Supreme Court has often cited his scholarship, and he was nominated for an Emmy for outstanding coverage of a breaking news story, as part of an NBC team covering the 2000 presidential election litigation. He received his BA in physical chemistry summa cum laude from Princeton University, and his JD magna cum laude from Harvard University. Pildes clerked for Judge Abner J. Mikva of the US Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit and Justice Thurgood Marshall of the US Supreme Court, after which he practiced law in Boston. He began his academic career at the University of Michigan Law School and joined the NYU School of Law faculty in 2001.
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  • Samuel Rascoff
    Associate Professor of Law
    Samuel Rascoff teaches and writes in the area of national security law, and serves as faculty director of the Center on Law and Security. Named a Carnegie Scholar in 2009, Rascoff came to the Law School from the New York City Police Department, where, as director of intelligence analysis, he created and led a team responsible for assessing the terrorist threat to the city. A graduate of Harvard summa cum laude, Oxford with first class honors, and Yale Law School, Rascoff previously served as a law clerk to US Supreme Court Justice David H. Souter and to Judge Pierre N. Leval of the US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. He was also a special assistant with the Coalition Provisional Authority in Iraq and an associate at Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz. Rascoff’s publications include “Counterterrorism and New Deterrence” (NYU Law Review); “Establishing Official Islam? The Law and Strategy of Counter-Radicalization” (Stanford Law Review); “Domesticating Intelligence” (Southern California Law Review), and “The Law of Homegrown (Counter-) Terrorism” (Texas Law Review).
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  • David A.J. Richards
    Edwin D. Webb Professor of Law
    A teacher of criminal law and constitutional law at NYU School of Law, David Richards is the author of 19 books and numerous articles, and has developed influential arguments on gay rights and on the distorting impact of patriarchy on interpretation in law and religion. For the past 10 years, Richards has taught an interdisciplinary seminar on resisting injustice with NYU University Professor Carol Gilligan, which led to the publication of their book The Deepening Darkness: Patriarchy, Resistance, and Democracy’s Future (2008), and, most recently, Richards’s The Rise of Gay Rights and the Fall of the British Empire: Liberal Resistance and the Bloomsbury Group (2013) and Resisting Injustice and the Feminist Ethics of Care in the Age of Obama: “Suddenly,…All the Truth Was Coming Out” (2013). A graduate of Harvard College (1966) and Harvard Law School (1971), Richards secured his DPhil in moral philosophy from Oxford University (studying with H. L. A. Hart and G. J. Warnock) in 1970. His doctoral dissertation, A Theory of Reasons for Action, was published by Oxford University Press in 1971.
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  • Laura Sager
    Clinical Professor of Law
    Laura Sager focuses on employment and housing discrimination law and on training law students in litigation skills. As a clinical professor at NYU School of Law, she has been lead counsel, assisted by clinic students, in significant class actions challenging discrimination in the workplace, including a landmark case that invalidated New York City’s entry-level test for firefighters and enabled women to serve as firefighters for the first time in the city’s history. In recent years, students in her clinic have honed their litigation skills in cases challenging discrimination in housing opportunities as well as sexual and racial harassment, age discrimination, and disability discrimination in the workplace. After graduating from Wellesley College, Sager received an MA in history from Harvard University and a JD from UCLA School of Law. She clerked for Judge Irving Hill in the Central District of California and then spent several years as a litigator in New York before joining the Law School faculty. Sager’s latest research has focused on the taxation of damage awards and attorneys’ fees in civil rights actions.
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  • Adam Samaha
    Professor of Law
    Adam Samaha’s work focuses on constitutional law and the role of courts in society. Cutting across several fields of law, much of his scholarship explores social decisions under conditions of uncertainty and disagreement. His recent articles address the phenomena of change, appearances, exit, sorting, tiebreaking, and randomization in legal institutions. He also has written a series of papers on constitutional interpretation, as well as articles on government transparency and the social model of disability. Before joining NYU Law in 2012, Samaha was a tenured professor at University of Chicago Law School, where he received the teaching award in 2007. He continues to experiment with electronic texts, Skype in the classroom, and virtual workshops. Before he started teaching, Samaha clerked for Justice John Paul Stevens of the US Supreme Court and was a member of the tobacco litigation team at Robins, Kaplan, Miller & Ciresi. Samaha graduated from Harvard Law School, where he was an editor of the Harvard Law Review and was awarded the Fay Diploma.
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  • Jeremy Waldron
    University Professor
    Jeremy Waldron teaches legal and political philosophy at NYU School of Law. Until recently, he was also Chichele Professor of Social and Political Theory at Oxford University (All Souls College). A prolific scholar, Waldron has written extensively on jurisprudence and political theory, including numerous books and articles on theories of rights, constitutionalism, the rule of law, democracy, property, torture, security, homelessness, and the philosophy of international law. His books include Dignity, Rank, and Rights (2012), Partly Laws Common to All Mankind: Foreign Law in American Courts (2012), The Harm of Hate Speech (2012), Torture, Terror, and Trade-offs: Philosophy for the White House (2010), Law and Disagreement (1999), and The Dignity of Legislation (1999). Waldron was born and educated in New Zealand, where he studied for degrees in philosophy and law at the University of Otago, and was admitted as a barrister and solicitor of the Supreme Court of New Zealand in 1978. He studied at Oxford University for his doctorate in legal philosophy and taught there as a fellow of Lincoln College from 1980 to 1982. He has since taught at the University of Edinburgh; the University of California, Berkeley; Princeton University; and Columbia Law School. Elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 1998 and a fellow of the British Academy since 2011, Waldron has given many prestigious academic lectures, such as the Tanner Lectures at Berkeley in 2009, the Holmes Lectures at Harvard Law School in 2009, and the Hamlyn Law Lectures in England in 2011.
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  • Kenji Yoshino
    Chief Justice Earl Warren Professor of Constitutional Law on sabbatical (fall)
    Kenji Yoshino joined the faculty of NYU School of Law in 2008. He received his undergraduate degree from Harvard College (BA summa cum laude, 1991), took a Rhodes Scholarship to Oxford University (MSc, 1993), and earned his law degree at Yale Law School (JD, 1996). He taught at Yale Law School from 1998 to 2008, where he was the inaugural Guido Calabresi Professor of Law and served as the deputy dean. A specialist in constitutional law, antidiscrimination law, and law and literature, Yoshino has been published in major academic journals such as the Harvard Law Review, Stanford Law Review, and Yale Law Journal. He has written extensively in other popular venues, such as the Los Angeles Times, the New York Times, and the Washington Post, and is a regular commentator on NPR and MSNBC. He is the author of two books—A Thousand Times More Fair: What Shakespeare’s Plays Teach Us About Justice (2011) and Covering: The Hidden Assault on Our Civil Rights (2006). His third book—Speak Now: Marriage Equality on Trial—will be published in 2015. In 2011, he was elected to the Harvard Board of Overseers. In 2014, he won the Law School’s Podell Distinguished Teaching Award.
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