Harvard Law School, J.D., cum laude; Northwestern University, B.A. with Highest Distinction. Founding Dean, Distinguished Professor of Law, and Raymond Pryke Professor of First Amendment Law, at the University of California, Irvine School of Law (2008 to Present); Alston & Bird Professor of Law and Political Science, Duke University (2004-08). Before that, Dean Chemerinsky taught for 21 years at the University of Southern California School of Law, and served for four years as director of the Center for Communications Law and Policy. He previously practiced as a trial attorney with the U.S. Department of Justice in Washington, D.C., as well as an attorney in private practice in that city. He has argued more 120 appeals in the Supreme Court of the United States, state supreme courts, and lower federal and state appellate courts, and has filed briefs in hundreds of the appellate cases. He is regularly invited to lecture federal judges at the Federal Judicial Center, state judges at the National Judicial College, and both state and federal judges at annual appellate conference programs around the country. He is the author of seven treatises, casebooks, or other books, including CONSTITUTIONAL LAW (4th ed. 2011); FEDERAL JURISDICTION (5th ed. 2007); CRIMINAL PROCEDURE (2008); THE CONSERVATIVE ASSAULT ON THE CONSTITUTION (2010); and ENHANCING GOVERNMENT (2008). He also is the author of 25 book chapters, more than 200 law review articles, published in such journals as the HARVARD LAW REVIEW, MICHIGAN LAW REVIEW, NORTHWESTERN LAW REVIEW, UNIVERSITY OF PENNSYLVANIA LAW REVIEW, STANFORD LAW REVIEW, and YALE LAW JOURNAL, and several hundred other articles, including a monthly column in the ABA JOURNAL. He has received dozens of awards from diverse organizations, ranging from the ACLU, Anti-Defamation League, Americans for Democratic Action, Legal Aid Society, and National Lawyers Guild to the National College of Bankruptcy Judges, Society for Professional Journalists, and Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce. Los Angeles voters elected him to chair the Commission to draft a new City Chair and the ABA selected him to help draft the Constitution of the Republic of Belarus. In 2005, LEGAL AFFAIRS named him as one of the “top 20 legal thinkers in America.”

Chemerinsky’s research, teaching, writing, and advocacy focus on Constitutional Law; Administrative Law; Civil Procedure; Federal Jurisdiction; Law and the Mass Media; Ethics; and Professional Responsibility.

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