Daniel D. Polsby

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Daniel D. Polsby (born 1945) is former dean of the law school and professor of law at George Mason University and was previously Kirkland and Ellis Professor of Law at Northwestern University.[1]


A research fellow at The Independent Institute,[2] Polsby is a graduate of Oakland University and the University of Minnesota Law School. He is licensed to practice law in New York[3].

Scholarship and expertise[edit]

Polsby is a scholar of the right to bear arms[4] and testified for gun rights before the United States Congress.[5] He has also contributed to the Cato Journal,[6] Reason Magazine,[7] National Review.[8] and the Atlantic Monthly.[9] Polsby is a member of the American Law Institute.[10] Polsby is often cited in regard to judicial appointments and issues. He also commented against gerrymandering and term limits.[11] He co-developed, with Robert Popper, the Polsby-Popper Test for quantifying gerrymandering.


  1. ^ Polsby, Dan – George Mason Law. Law.gmu.edu (November 7, 2011). Retrieved on January 26, 2012.
  2. ^ Daniel D. Polsby: The Independent Institute. Independent.org. Retrieved on January 26, 2012.
  3. ^ "Attorney Detail: Daniel Polsby". New York State Unified Court System. Retrieved 19 March 2018. 
  4. ^ Gun rights expert honors top law school Dean for Second Amendment academic leadership. Expertclick.com (July 25, 2007). Retrieved on January 26, 2012.
  5. ^ Daniel Polsby before the House Judiciary Subcommittee. Potowmack.org. Retrieved on January 26, 2012.
  6. ^ https://www.cato.org/pubs/journal/cj14n1/cj14n1-13.pdf
  7. ^ Contributors : Daniel D. Polsby – Reason Magazine. Reason.com. Retrieved on January 26, 2012.
  8. ^ From the Hip by Daniel Polsby National Review March 24, 1997. Constitution.org (March 24, 1997). Retrieved on January 26, 2012.
  9. ^ Daniel D. Polsby – Authors. The Atlantic (January 21, 2012). Retrieved on January 26, 2012.
  10. ^ The American Law Institute – Listings. Ali.org. Retrieved on January 26, 2012.
  11. ^ Q&A with Daniel D. Polsby on Gerrymandering by Steve Sailer for UPI; House, legislative district, redistricting, boundary, Dan Polsby, George Mason, law school, states, Democr. Isteve.com (September 19, 2002). Retrieved on January 26, 2012.