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Prof. Neomi Rao

Associate Professor of Law, George Mason University School of Law

Associate Professor of Law Neomi Rao teaches courses in constitutional law and legislation and statutory interpretation. Her research focuses on structural constitutional law, executive power, and administrative law, as well as international law. Her analysis of the use of dignity in constitutional law has been widely cited in the United States and abroad.

Professor Rao’s academic work is informed by her service in all three branches of the federal government. Prior to joining the Law School in 2006, she served as Associate Counsel and Special Assistant to President George W. Bush. Professor Rao also served as counsel to the United States Senate Committee on the Judiciary, where she was responsible for judicial nominations and constitutional law issues. In between government service, Professor Rao practiced in the London office of Clifford Chance LLP, specializing in public international law and commercial arbitration. She clerked for Judge J. Harvie Wilkinson III on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit and for Justice Clarence Thomas on the U.S. Supreme Court. She was a visiting professor at the University of Minnesota Law School in fall 2013.

Professor Rao received her J.D. with high honors from the University of Chicago Law School and her B.A. from Yale University. Professor Rao is a member of the Virginia State Bar and a Qualified Solicitor of England and Wales. She is a frequent commentator in print and broadcast media, with editorials appearing in the Wall Street Journal and guest blogs at the Volokh Conspiracy and Opinio Juris. She testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee on the Nomination of Justice Sonia Sotomayor.

Education
  • B.A., Yale University
  • J.D., University of Chicago Law School

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Publications and Multimedia
Overruled: The Long War for Control of the U.S. Supreme Court - Event Video
Co-sponsored by the Charles Koch Institute and Reason
November 19, 2014
Executive Power and the Role of the Coordinate Branches - Event Audio/Video
Second Annual Executive Branch Review Conference
May 14, 2014
The Welfare State and American Exceptionalism - Event Audio/Video
2011 Annual Student Symposium
February 26, 2011
The War on Terror: Where Are We Now? Where Do We Go from Here? - Event Audio/Video
International & National Security Law Practice Group
January 27, 2010
Young Legal Scholars Paper Presentations - Event Audio/Video
12th Annual Faculty Conference
January 08, 2010
Executive Discretion & the Rule of Law - Event Audio/Video
10th Annual Faculty Conference
January 03, 2008