Pamela S. Karlan

Prof. Pamela S. Karlan

Co-Director, Supreme Court Litigation Clinic, Stanford Law School

A productive scholar and award-winning teacher, Pamela S. Karlan is also the founding director of the school's extraordinarily successful 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 and related subjects, as well as more than four dozen scholarly articles. She is a widely recognized commentator on legal issues.

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.

  • BA, Yale University, 1980
  • MA, Yale University University Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, 1984
  • JD, Yale Law School, 1984
2012 Annual Student Symposium
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