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Pamela S Karlan

Pamela S Karlan

Stanford Univ Law School
Professor of Public Interest Law and Co-Director, Supreme Court Litigation Clinic
Stanford, CA, USA


A productive scholar and award-winning teacher, Pamela S. Karlan is also co-director of the school's Supreme Court Litigation Clinic, where students litigate live cases before the Court. One of the nation's leading experts on voting and the political process, she has served as a commissioner on the California Fair Political Practices Commission and an assistant counsel and cooperating attorney for the NAACP Legal Defense Fund. Professor Karlan is the co-author of three leading casebooks on constitutional law, constitutional litigation, and the law of democracy, as well as more than 60 scholarly articles.

Before joining the Stanford Law School faculty in 1998, she was a professor of law at the University of Virginia School of Law and served as a law clerk to Justice Harry A. Blackmun of the U.S. Supreme Court and Judge Abraham D. Sofaer of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.  Karlan is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and of the American Law Institute and serves as a member of the Board of Directors for the American Constitution Society.

Key Works

  • Samuel Issacharoff, Pamela S. Karlan, and Richard H. Pildes, The Law of Democracy: Legal Structure of the Political Process, 4th edition, New York: Foundation Press, 2012.
  • Pamela S. Karlan, The Gay and the Angry: The Supreme Court and the Battles Surrounding Same-Sex Marriage, 2010 Supreme Court Review 159 (2011).
  • Goodwin Liu, Pamela S. Karlan, and Christopher H. Schroeder, Keeping Faith with the Constitution, New York: Oxford, 2010.
  • Pamela S. Karlan, Shoe-Horning, Shell Games, and Enforcing Constitutional Rights in the Twenty-First Century 78, UMKC Law Review 875 (2010).
  • Pamela S. Karlan, Constitutional Law as Trademark, 43 UC Davis Law Review 385 (2009).
  • Geoffrey R. Stone, Louis Michael Seidman, Cass R. Sunstein, Mark V. Tushnet, and Pamela S. Karlan, Constitutional Law, New York: Wolters Kluwer, 6th ed., 2009.
  • Pamela S. Karlan, Electing Judges, Judging Elections and the Lessons of Caperton, 123 Harvard Law Review 80 (2009).
  • Pamela S. Karlan, John C. Jeffries, Jr., Peter W. Low and George A. Rutherglen, Civil Rights Actions: Enforcing the Constitution, New York: Foundation Press, 2nd ed., 2007.

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