Erwin Chemerinsky
Visiting Professor of Law 2002, Alston & Bird Professor of Law and Political Science 2004-2008

After serving as a Visiting Professor at Duke Law for a semester in 2002, Erwin Chemerinsky re-joined the Duke University faculty from 2004 to 2008 as the Alston & Bird Professor of Law and as a Professor of Political Science.  He was awarded the Duke Scholar-Teacher of the Year award in 2006. Chemerinsky specialized in constitutional law, federal practice, civil rights/liberties, and appellate litigation. A prolific author, his publications include the leading casebook Constitutional Law first published in 2001, monthly contributions to the ABA Journal, and over two hundred law review articles. In April 2005, he was named by Legal Affairs as one of “the top 20 legal thinkers in America.” 

Chemerinsky earned his B.S. from Northwestern University in 1975 and his J.D. from Harvard Law School in 1978. In addition to his professorship at Duke University, he has taught at DePaul University College of Law (1980-1984), UCLA Law School (1997, 2001), and the University of Southern California Law School (1983-2004). Chemerinsky left Duke to become the (founding) Dean and Distinguished Professor of Law and the Raymond Pryke Professor of First Amendment Law at the University of California, Irvine School of Law.


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Erwin Chemerinsky
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