Richard Pildes

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Richard H. Pildes
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Born Chicago, Illinois
Nationality United States
Alma mater Princeton University
Harvard Law School
Scientific career
Fields Constitutional Law
Institutions New York University School of Law
University of Michigan Law School

Richard H. Pildes is a law professor at the New York University School of Law and a leading expert on election law. He is one of the nation's leading scholars of public law and a specialist in legal issues affecting democracy.

The son of two Chicago-area physicians, Pildes received his A.B., summa cum laude, in physical chemistry from Princeton University in 1979, and his J.D., magna cum laude, from Harvard Law School in 1983. He clerked for Judge Abner J. Mikva of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia and for Justice Thurgood Marshall of the U.S. Supreme Court (where he clerked alongside future colleague and NYU Law Dean Richard Revesz), after which he practiced law in Boston. He began his academic career at the University of Michigan Law School, where he was assistant and then full professor of law from 1988 until 1999, when he joined the NYU School of Law faculty. He has been a visiting professor at the University of Chicago Law School, Harvard Law School, the University of Texas Law School, and Yale Law School.[1]

In the area of democracy, Pildes, along with the co-authors of his widely used casebook, The Law of Democracy, has helped to create a new field of study in law schools. Pildes is a leading scholar on the topics of 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. His work in these areas has been frequently cited in United States Supreme Court opinions.[citation needed]

Pildes gives frequent public lectures and appearances, and was part of the ABC News team that was nominated for an Emmy Award for its coverage of the 2000 Presidential election litigation. [2] During the 2000 Presidential election controversy, he had an exclusive media contract with NBC and appeared frequently on NBC Nightly News with Tom Brokaw, MSNBC, and WNBC-TV. He is also an active public intellectual and public-law litigator. He has written for The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The New Republic, The American Prospect, and other such publications. Apart from his academic work, Pildes has also served as a federal court-appointed independent expert on voting rights litigation, an assistant to a special master for the redistricting of a state legislature, and has worked with North Carolina in redistricting litigation before the United States Supreme Court. He was assisted with one of his casebooks by then-University of Chicago Law School lecturer Barack Obama.[3]

Representative Bibliography[edit]

  • The Law of Democracy: Legal Structure of the Political Process with Pamela S. Karlan, Samuel Issacharoff. 2nd ed. (2001).
  • When Elections Go Bad: The Law of Democracy and the Presidential Election of 2000 with Pamela S. Karlan, Samuel Issacharoff. Rev. ed. (2001).
  • The Future of the Voting Rights Act with David Epstein, Rodolfo de la Garza and Sharyn O'Halloran.
  • "Separation of Parties, Not Powers." with Daryl Levinson. 119 Harvard Law Review 2311 (2006).
  • "The Supreme Court, 2003 Term- Foreword: The Constitutionalization of Democratic Politics." 118 Harvard Law Review 29 (2004).
  • "Democrats and Technocrats," with Cass Sunstein. Journees d'etudes juridiques Jean Dabin (2004).
  • "Competitive, Deliberative, and Rights-Oriented Democracy," 3 Election Law Journal 685 (2004).

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