Prof. Richard Pildes

Sudler Family Professor of Constitutional Law, New York University School of Law
Richard Pildes

Richard H. Pildes is the Sudler Family Professor of Constitutional Law at New York University School of Law, a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and a Guggenheim and Carnegie fellow.  His work addresses issues involving the structure of government, including the powers of the President, Congress, and the Courts, as well as the processes of democratic elections and voting,  He is a co-author of the casebook, The Law of Democracy (4th ed. 2012), and a co-editor of the book, The Future of the Voting Rights Act (2006).  Some of his major recent academic articles in these areas include Law and the President; Why the Center Does Not Hold:  The Causes of Hyperpolarized Democracy in America; Is the Supreme Court a “Majoritarian” Institution; The Constitutionalization of Democratic Politics; and Separation of Parties, Not Powers.  

As a public commentator, he was nominated for an Emmy Award, for his legal analysis during the 2000 Presidential election litigation, as part of the nomination of an NBC team for Outstanding Coverage of a Breaking News Story.  He has argued constitutional cases in many courts, including the United States Supreme Court, and he served as a law clerk to Justice Thurgood Marshall, at the United States Supreme Court, and Judge Abner Mikva, of the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit.  He graduated from Princeton, majoring in chemistry, and Harvard Law School.

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Publications and Multimedia
The Kagan Nomination
Online Debate
May 11, 2010
Voting Rights--and Wrongs: The Elusive Quest for Racially Fair Elections - Event Audio/Video
Civil Rights Practice Group and the American Enterprise Institute
June 11, 2009
Supreme Court Term
Online Debate
June 27, 2008