• Amy Adler
    Emily Kempin Professor of Law
    Amy Adler is the Emily Kempin Professor of Law at New York University School of Law, where she teaches Art Law, First Amendment Law, and Feminist Jurisprudence. The Law School awarded her its Podell Distinguished Teaching Award in 2015. Adler’s recent scholarship addresses an array of issues such as the First Amendment treatment of visual images, the misfit between copyright law and the art market, the legal regulation of pornography, and the moral rights of artists. A leading expert on the intersection of art and law, Adler has lectured about these topics to a wide variety of audiences, from attorneys general to museum curators to the FBI. Adler graduated from the 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. Adler clerked for Judge John M. Walker Jr. of the US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit and worked as an associate at Debevoise & Plimpton before joining the NYU Law faculty.
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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 boards of the Prisoners’ Legal Services of New York and the Society of American Law Teachers. In 2015, she was awarded the national award as the Outstanding Advocate for Clinical Legal Education.
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  • Rachel Barkow
    Vice Dean and Segal Family Professor of Regulatory Law and Policy;
    Faculty Director, Center on the Administration of Criminal Law
    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, is a co-author of one of the country’s leading criminal law casebooks, and is recognized as one of the country’s leading experts on criminal law and policy. Her book on breaking the cycle of mass incarceration using the lessons of administrative law, Prisoners of Politics, will be published by Harvard University Press in 2019. 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. She has been a member of the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office Conviction Integrity Policy Advisory Panel since 2010. In 2015, she co-founded a clemency resource center that obtained sentencing commutations for 96 people as part of President Obama’s clemency initiative. For her work on clemency with NYU students, she received the NYU Making A Difference Award, given to those who have made a profound and lasting impact for the better on the city, region, nation, or globe. 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
    Sarah Burns 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 Emerita
    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
    Robert A. Kindler Professor of Law
    Adam Cox, Robert A. Kindler Professor of Law at NYU, is a leading expert on immigration law, voting rights, and constitutional law. His writing has appeared in the Yale Law Journal, Stanford Law Journal, Journal of Law and Economics, and many other scholarly publications, and has been covered by the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, and others. He is currently writing a book about the President’s power to shape immigration law.
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  • Peggy Cooper Davis
    John S. R. Shad Professor of Lawyering and Ethics;
    Director, Experiential Learning Lab
    Peggy Cooper Davis joined the NYU Law faculty in September 1983 after having served for three years as a judge of the Family Court of the State of New York and having engaged in the practice and administration of law during the preceding 10 years. She has published two books and more than 50 articles and book chapters, most notably in the premier journals of Harvard, Yale, NYU, and Michigan law schools. Her analyses of cross-racial interactions within the legal system have been widely cited and used in legal training. Her analyses of judicial reliance on the social and psychological sciences have been pivotal to thinking about child placement decision-making in both public law and matrimonial contexts. Her 1997 book Neglected Stories: The Constitution and Family Values and her book-in-progress Enacting Freedom illuminate the importance of anti-slavery and civil rights traditions as guides to the scope and meaning of Fourteenth Amendment liberty interests. Her recent book Enacting Pleasure is a collection of essays exploring the implications of Carol Gilligan’s relational psychology. Davis’s scholarship has also influenced the critique and evolution of legal pedagogy. She now directs the Experiential Learning Lab, through which she develops learning strategies for addressing interpretive, interactive, ethical, and social dimensions of legal practice. Davis has served as chair of the board of the Russell Sage Foundation and as a director of numerous not-for-profit, for-profit, and government entities.
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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. Her new book, A New Deal for China’s Workers? (2017), takes a comparative look at labor unrest and reform in China. In her previous book, Regoverning the Workplace: From Self-Regulation to Co-Regulation(2010), she chronicled the current crisis of workplace governance in the US and charted a potential path forward. Her first book, Working Together: How Workplace Bonds Strengthen a Diverse Democracy (2003), explored the implications of integration, cooperation, and sociability among co-workers for democratic theory and for the law of work. Other writings focus on freedom of speech and procedural fairness at work; diversity, integration, and affirmative action; critical perspectives on labor law; and transnational labor rights and regulation. Before joining NYU School of Law, Estlund taught at the University of Texas and Columbia Law School. Estlund graduated summa cum laude from Lawrence University and earned her JD at Yale Law School.
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  • Samuel Estreicher
    Dwight D. Opperman Professor of Law;
    Director, Center for Labor and Employment Law;
    Co-Director, Institute of Judicial Administration
    Samuel Estreicher is a nationally preeminent scholar in US and international-comparative labor and employment law and arbitration law. He has authored more than a dozen books, including Beyond Elite Law: Access to Civil Justice in America (with Joy Radice, Cambridge Univ. 2016); leading casebooks on legislation and regulatory state, labor law and employment discrimination and employment law; and published more than 200 articles in professional and academic journals. He served as Chief Reporter for the American Law Institute’s Restatement of Employment Law (2015). 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. In addition to serving as counsel to major law firms, 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.15). 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 also has published work in public international law and authored several briefs in the Supreme Court and US courts of appeals on employment and US foreign relations law issues. 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. He is a member of the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers and was appointed in 2016 by the UN Secretary General as a member of the UN’s Internal Justice Commission.
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  • John Ferejohn
    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 and Affiliated Professor of Politics
    Barry Friedman is one of the country’s leading authorities on constitutional law, policing, criminal procedure, and the federal courts. He is the author of the The Will of the People: How Public Opinion Has Influenced the Supreme Court and Shaped the Meaning of the Constitution (2009), and Unwarranted: Policing without Permission (2017). Friedman is the founding director of NYU Law’s Policing Project, and the reporter for the American Law Institute’s Principles of Law: Policing. He publishes regularly 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 has served as a litigator or litigation consultant on a variety of matters in the federal and state courts, and has had a long involvement with social change issues. In addition to his conventional courses in Constitutional Law, Federal Courts, and Criminal Procedure, Friedman teaches seminars in policing, and a new course entitled Judicial Decisionmaking that marries social science about judging with normative and institutional legal questions. He and a set of co-authors from law and the social sciences are writing a course book for the Judicial Decisionmaking course. Friedman is also the author of Open Book: The Inside Track to Law School Success, and talks frequently on the subject. 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;
    Co-Director, Arthur Garfield Hays Civil Liberties Program
    Helen Hershkoff joined the faculty in 1995 following an acclaimed career as a public interest lawyer at the American Civil Liberties Union and The Legal Aid Society, where she litigated cutting-edge cases involving institutional reform and individual rights. She also worked as a litigation association at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison. At NYU, her scholarship and teaching focus on civil procedure and issues of economic justice, and she is a co-director of the Arthur Garfield Hays Civil Liberties Program. She is a co-author of the leading casebook on civil procedure, a co-editor of an admired book on comparative civil procedure, and a member of the author team of the “Wright & Miller” treatise focusing on the United States as a party. Hershkoff also writes about state constitutions and the relation between private law and public law, and has been published in Harvard, Stanford, NYU, and other leading law reviews. Hershkoff is a highly respected teacher; she was honored with the NYU 2014–2015 Distinguished Teaching Award, was recognized by the Association of American Law Schools as a 2013 Teacher of the Year, and was a recipient of the Law School’s 2013 Podell Distinguished Teaching Award. Hershkoff earned her BA from Harvard College, where she was elected to Phi Beta Kappa in her junior year, holds an MA in modern history from Oxford University, which she attended as a Marshall Scholar, and a JD from Harvard Law School.
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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 and recent evolution of liberalism and antiliberalism in Europe, the 1787 Constitution as a blueprint for continental expansion, the near-impossibility of imposing rules of democratic accountability on the deep state, the traumatic legacy of 1989, and the difficulty of combating jihadist terrorism within the bounds of the Constitution and the international laws of war. 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), The Matador’s Cape: America’s Reckless Response to Terror (2007), and The Beginning of Politics, co-authored with Moshe Halbertal (2017). 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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  • Daniel Hulsebosch
    Charles Seligson Professor of Law
    Daniel Hulsebosch is a legal and constitutional historian whose scholarship ranges from early modern England to the 19th-century United States. He teaches American and English Legal History, Property Law, and Constitutional Law, and he supervises the Legal History Colloquium. His first book Constituting Empire: New York and the Transformation of Constitutionalism in the Atlantic World, 1664-1830 (2005) examined the intersection of constitutionalism and imperial expansion in the British Empire and the early United States and the emergence of a new legal genre: constitutional law. He is now co-authoring a book with Professor David Golove entitled “A Civilized Nation”: War, Trade, and American Constitution-making, 1774-1816, which details the founding generation’s struggle to reconcile republican government with re-integration into the Atlantic World of trade and credit. Another project explores early American lawyers’ engagement with international sources of private law. Hulsebosch directs the Samuel I. Golieb Fellowship Program at NYU School of Law, is a co-editor of the Legal History Series at Oxford University Press, and serves on the editorial board of the American Journal of Legal History. He is also a member (by courtesy) of the NYU Department of History.
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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
    Mattias Kumm’s research and publications focus 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 global public law at the WZB 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 Emerita;
    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, gender justice, 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 is the co-director of the Arthur Garfield Hays Program and chair of the Rose Sheinberg Lecture program at NYU School of Law. 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
    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
    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
    Eric M. and Laurie B. Roth Professor of Law
    Trevor Morrison is dean and also the Eric M. and Laurie B. Roth Professor of Law at NYU School of Law. Before coming to NYU, he was on the faculties of Cornell Law School (2003-08) and Columbia Law School (2008-13). Morrison’s research and teaching interests are in constitutional law, federal courts, and the law of the executive branch. He was previously a law clerk to Judge Betty B. Fletcher of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit (1998-99) and Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg of the U.S. Supreme Court (2002-03). Between the two clerkships, he was a Bristow Fellow in the U.S. Justice Department’s Office of the Solicitor General (1999-2000), an attorney-adviser in the Justice Department’s Office of Legal Counsel (2000-01), and an associate at Wilmer, Cutler & Pickering (2001-02). Morrison served as associate counsel to President Barack Obama in 2009, and in 2016 President Obama appointed him as chair of the Public Interest Declassification Board. 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 is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences and a member of the American Law Institute and the Council on Foreign Relations.
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  • Burt Neuborne
    Norman Dorsen 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 Law 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 most recent book is Madison’s Music: On Reading the First Amendment (The New Press, 2015).
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  • Richard Pildes
    Sudler Family Professor of Constitutional Law
    Richard Pildes is one of the nation’s leading scholars of constitutional law and a specialist in legal issues concerning democracy. A former law clerk to Justice Thurgood Marshall, he has been elected into the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the American Law Institute, and has also received recognition as a Guggenheim Fellow and a Carnegie Scholar. In dozens of articles and his acclaimed casebook, The Law of Democracy, he has helped create an entirely new field of study in the law schools. His work in this field systematically explores legal and policy issues concerning the structure of democratic elections and institutions, such as the role of money in politics, the design of election districts, the regulation of political parties, the structure of voting systems, the representation of minority interests in democratic institutions, and similar issues. He has written on the rise of political polarization in the United States, the transformation of the presidential nominations process, the Voting Rights Act (including editing a book titled The Future of the Voting Rights Act), the dysfunction of America’s political processes, the role of the Supreme Court in overseeing American democracy, and the powers of the American President and Congress. In addition to his scholarship in these areas, he has written on national-security law, the design of the regulatory state, and American constitutional history and theory. As a lawyer, Pildes has successfully argued voting-rights and election-law cases before the United States Supreme Court and the courts of appeals, and as a well-known public commentator, he writes frequently for The New York Times, The Washington Post, and was part of the Emmy-nominated NBC breaking-news team for coverage of the 2000 Bush v. Gore contest.
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  • Samuel Rascoff
    Professor of Law
    Samuel Rascoff is an expert in 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 “Presidential Intelligence” (Harvard Law Review); “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 20 books and numerous articles, and has developed influential arguments on decriminalization and toleration as a key constitutional value; the role of history in constitutional interpretation; gay rights; and 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), Resisting Injustice and the Feminist Ethics of Care in the Age of Obama: “Suddenly,…All the Truth Was Coming Out” (2013), and Why Love Leads to Justice: Love Across the Boundaries (November 2015). 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
    Inez Milholland Professor of Civil Liberties
    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, disagreement, and limited resources. His major articles explore topics such as appearances, asking and telling, tiebreaking, exit and sorting across regulatory boundaries, excessive process, valuation of people’s time, and the concept of legal change. He also has written a series of papers on constitutional and statutory interpretation, and he is known for his scholarship 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 teaching, Samaha clerked for Justice John Paul Stevens 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 received the Fay Diploma.
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  • Stephen Schulhofer
    Robert B. McKay Professor of Law
    Stephen Schulhofer is one of the nation’s most distinguished scholars of criminal justice. He has written more than 50 scholarly articles and seven books, including the leading casebook in the field, and highly regarded, widely cited work on a range of criminal justice and national security topics. His most recent book More Essential Than Ever: The Fourth Amendment in the Twenty-First Century (Oxford University Press, 2012) is a comprehensive review and analysis of Fourth Amendment history, the Supreme Court’s constitutional methodology, current Fourth Amendment doctrine, and a wide range of contemporary problems concerning searches and seizures, electronic surveillance, and the intersection between national security needs and the right to privacy. Schulhofer’s scholarship has been distinguished by his simultaneous engagement with doctrinal analysis, criminal justice policy, and his own original empirical work. He has written on counterterrorism, police interrogation, rape law, administrative searches, drug enforcement, indigent defense, sentencing reform, plea bargaining, battered spouse syndrome, and many other criminal justice matters. His book Unwanted Sex: The Culture of Intimidation and the Failure of Law (Harvard University Press, 2000) was recently described in the New York Times as “one of the most important books on rape law published in the past 20 years.” Schulhofer’s current projects include analyses of national security secrecy, the right to privacy in electronic communications, and an empirical study of the impact of counterterrorism policing on immigrant communities in New York and London. In addition, he currently serves as the reporter for the American Law Institute’s project to revise the sexual offense provisions of the Model Penal Code. Previously, Schulhofer was the Julius Kreeger Professor of Law and director of the Center for Studies in Criminal Justice at the University of Chicago Law School, and was the Ferdinand Wakeman Hubbell Professor of Law at the University of Pennsylvania Law School. He completed his BA at Princeton University and his JD at Harvard Law School, both summa cum laude. He then clerked for two years for US Supreme Court Justice Hugo Black and practiced law for three years before beginning his academic career.
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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, the Hamlyn Law Lectures in England in 2011, and the Gifford Lectures in Edinburgh in 2015.
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  • Kenji Yoshino
    Chief Justice Earl Warren Professor of Constitutional Law
    Kenji Yoshino is the Chief Justice Earl Warren Professor of Constitutional Law at NYU School of Law and the Director of the Center for Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging. A graduate of Harvard (AB summa cum laude), Oxford (MSc as a Rhodes Scholar), and Yale (JD), he specializes in constitutional law, antidiscrimination law, and law and literature. Yoshino taught at Yale Law School from 1998 to 2008, where he served as Deputy Dean and the inaugural Guido Calabresi Professor of Law. He is the author of three books: Covering: The Hidden Assault on Our Civil Rights; A Thousand Times More Fair: What Shakespeare’s Plays Teach Us About Justice; and Speak Now: Marriage Equality on Trial. Yoshino has published in major academic journals, including the Harvard Law Review, the Stanford Law Review, and the Yale Law Journal. He has also written for more popular forums, including the Los Angeles Times, the New York Times, and the Washington Post. He makes regular appearances on radio and television programs, such as NPR, CNN, PBS and MSNBC. In 2011, Yoshino was elected to the Harvard Board of Overseers for a six-year term (serving as President of that body in the 2016-17 academic year). He also serves on the Advisory Board for the Center for Talent Innovation, on the Board of the Brennan Center for Justice, and on the External Advisory Panel for Diversity and Inclusion for the World Bank Group. He has won numerous awards for his scholarship and teaching, including the American Bar Association’s Silver Gavel Award in 2016 and the Podell Distinguished Teaching Award in 2014.
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