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David Rudovsky

Kairys, Rudovsky, Messing, Feinberg & Lin LLP

Philadelphia, PA, USA

David Rudovsky is a founding partner of Kairys, Rudovsky, Messing, Feinberg & Lin LLP, and is a Senior Fellow at the University of Pennsylvania Law School where he teaches courses in Constitutional Criminal Procedure, Criminal Law, and Evidence.

He has practiced in the civil rights and criminal defense fields for 45 years, with a primary focus on cases involving police and governmental misconduct, prisoners’ rights, first amendment freedoms, due process issues, and racial discrimination.

Mr. Rudovsky has argued two civil rights cases in the United States Supreme Court: Mitchell v. Forsyth (1985) (immunity of Attorney General for illegal electronic surveillance) and City of Canton v. Harris (1989) (liability of municipalities for civil rights violations by police).  He has also prepared numerous amicus briefs in civil rights cases in the Supreme Court and has argued scores of civil rights and criminal law cases in the federal and state courts.

Mr. Rudovsky is the author of a number of books and law review articles on civil rights and criminal justice issues.  These include Police Misconduct: Law & Litigation and The Law of Arrest, Search and Seizure in Pennsylvania.

Mr. Rudovsky is President of the Board of Directors of the Defender Association of Philadelphia.

In 1986, Mr. Rudovsky was a recipient of the MacArthur Foundation Fellowship (“Genious Award”) for his work in Criminal Justice.  He has also been awarded the Judge Gerald F. Flood Award for Public Interest Accomplishments by the Philadelphia Bar Foundation, the ACLU Civil Liberties Life-Time Achievements Award, and the Cesare Beccaria Award for Contributions to Criminal Justice.


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