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Erwin Chemerinsky

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Erwin Chemerinsky, Dean and Distinguished Professor of Law at the University of California, Irvine School of Law, is one of the nation's top experts in constitutional law, federal practice, civil rights and civil liberties, and appellate litigation. He is the author of seven books, the latest being The Conservative Assault on the Constitution (Simon & Schuster, 2010). His casebook, Constitutional Law, is one of the most widely read law textbooks in the country. Chemerinsky has also written nearly 200 law review articles in journals such as the Harvard Law Review, Michigan Law Review, Northwestern Law Review, University of Pennsylvania Law Review, Stanford Law Review and Yale Law Journal. He frequently argues appellate cases, including matters before the U.S. Supreme Court and the U.S. Court of Appeal, and regularly serves as a commentator on legal issues for national and local media. He holds a J.D. from Harvard Law School and a B.S. from Northwestern University.

Practice Areas:

  • Constitutional Law
  • Federal Practice
  • Civil Rights
  • Civil Liberties
  • Appellate Litigation

Past Positions:

  • United States Department of Justice, Trial Attorney
  • Dobrovir, Oakes & Gebhardt in Washington, D.C., Attorney
  • DePaul College of Law, Law Professor, 1980 to 1983


  • Harvard Law School, Cambridge, Massachusetts
    • J.D. - 1978
    • Honors: cum laude
  • Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois
    • B.S. - 1975
    • Honors: With Highest Distinction (Top 1% of Class)


  • One of the 10 Most Influential Lawyers in California
  • Community Service Award from the Anti-Defamation League, 2001
  • Clarence Darrow Award from the People's College of Law, 2001
  • Alumni Achievement Award, Northwestern University, 2000
  • Eason Monroe Courageous Advocate Award, American Civil Liberties Union of Southern California, 1999
  • Judge John Brown Award for Contributions to Federal Judicial Education, 1998

Published Works:

  • Interpreting the Constitution, 1987
  • Federal Jurisdiction, 3d ed., 1999
  • Constitutional Law: Principles and Policies, 2d ed., 2002
  • Constitutional Law, 2001

Representative Cases:

  • Andrade v. Attorney General, 2001
  • Brown v. Mayle, 2002