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Prof. Richard Pildes

Sudler Family Professor of Constitutional Law, New York University School of Law
Richard "Rick" PildesRichard Pildes, a member of the faculty at New York University School of Law, is one of the nation's leading scholars of public law and a specialist in legal issues affecting democracy. In the area of democracy, Pildes, along with the co-authors of his acclaimed casebook, The Law of Democracy: Legal Structure of the Political Process (now in its second edition), has helped to create a new field of study in the law schools. While issues of democracy have been in the background of many public-law courses, The Law of Democracy systematically explores issues of democratic theory in the concrete institutional, policy, and doctrinal settings in which they have arisen historically: issues such as the right to vote, the role of direct democracy, the appropriate role of political parties, the financing of democratic elections, and the representation of minority interests in democratic institutions. Pildes is widely considered one of the nation's leading scholars on such topics as the Voting Rights Act, alternative voting systems (such as cumulative voting), the history of disfranchisement in the United States, and the general relationship between constitutional law and democratic politics in the design of democratic institutions themselves. Respect for his expertise in these areas is reflected in frequent citations of his work in United States Supreme Court opinions, the publication of his work in several languages, and his frequent public lectures and appearances, including his nomination for an Emmy Award for his legal analysis during the 2000 Presidential election litigation.
Publications and Multimedia
The Kagan Nomination
Online Debate
May 11, 2010
Supreme Court Term
Online Debate
June 27, 2008