Pamela S. Karlan is the Kenneth and Harle Montgomery Professor of Public Interest Law and co-director of the Supreme Court Litigation Clinic at Stanford Law School, which has participated in over eighty merits cases at the Court. Karlan’s primary scholarly interests lie in the areas of constitutional litigation and the law of democracy. She is the co-author of several leading casebooks, a monograph on constitutional interpretation – Keeping Faith with the Constitution – and dozens of scholarly articles.
Before entering teaching, Karlan served as a law clerk to Justice Harry A. Blackmun of the U.S. Supreme Court and as assistant counsel at the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund doing voting rights and employment discrimination litigation. During 2014 and 2015, she served as a deputy assistant attorney general in the Civil Rights Division of the United States Department of Justice. There, she received awards for her work on the teams responsible for implementing the Supreme Court’s decision in United States v. Windsor and for guiding the department to its new position regarding Title VII and gender identity.
Karlan has received numerous teaching awards. She is also a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the American Academy of Appellate Lawyers, and the American Law Institute.