Stanford Law’s Pam Karlan Joins U.S. Department of Justice

Stanford Law School (SLS) Professor Pamela Karlan has joined the United States Department of Justice (DOJ) as Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General in the Civil Rights Division. Karlan previously served at the DOJ in the Civil Rights Division from 2014 to 2015 under the Obama Administration. She is on leave of absence from the law school.

Pamela S. Karlan

Karlan is the Kenneth and Harle Montgomery Professor of Public Interest Law and Co-Director of the Supreme Court Litigation Clinic at SLS and is one of the nation’s foremost experts on voting rights, civil rights, and constitutional law. She 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. Karlan is the co-author of leading casebooks on constitutional law, constitutional litigation, and the law of democracy, as well as numerous scholarly articles.

Before joining SLS in 1998, Karlan was a professor of law at the University of Virginia School of Law and served as a law clerk to Justice Harry A. Blackmun of the U.S. Supreme Court and Judge Abraham D. Sofaer of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York. She is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the American Academy of Appellate Lawyers, and the American Law Institute.

Created in 1957 by the enactment of the Civil Rights Act of 1957, the Civil Rights Division works to uphold the civil and constitutional rights of all Americans and enforces federal statutes prohibiting discrimination on the basis of race, color, sex (including pregnancy, sexual orientation, and gender identity), disability, religion, familial status, national origin, and citizenship status. 

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