Pamela S. Karlan

Kenneth and Harle Montgomery Professor of Public Interest Law, Stanford Law School


Pamela S. Karlan is co-director of Stanford Law School’s Supreme Court Litigation Clinic, where students litigate live cases before the court.

Professor Karlan is one of the nation’s leading experts on voting and the political process and has served as a commissioner on the California Fair Political Practices Commission, an assistant counsel and cooperating attorney for the NAACP Legal Defense Fund, and a Deputy Assistant Attorney General in the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Department of Justice (where she received the Attorney General’s Award for Exceptional Service—the department’s highest award for employee performance—as part of the team responsible for implementing the Supreme Court’s decision in United States v. Windsor). Professor Karlan is the co-author of leading casebooks on constitutional law, constitutional litigation, and the law of democracy, as well as numerous scholarly articles.