All law students must understand the United States Constitution, At Cardozo we believe in making the study of Constitutional Law as alive and relevant to every generation of students as possible. One recent example is that our Constitutional Law faculty created a unique legal course on Trump and the Constitutional Order to analyze the current Constitutional stand offs between the Legislative and Executive branches of government. Another example is the vibrant events each year open to all students that explore Constitutional issues.
The Floersheimer Center for Constitutional Democracy is a vibrant center for scholarship and events advancing the functioning of constitutional democracies in the United States and abroad.
Established in 2000 through a generous gift from Dr. Stephen Floersheimer, the Center supports research by scholars and policymakers, hosts speakers and conferences, issues publications, and provides financial support for visiting scholars as well as student projects. Topics of particular concern include civil liberties in an age of terrorism, the structures of democratic government, and the relationship between church and state.
The Center's Co-Directors are Professor Deborah Pearlstein and Professor Michael Herz, both of whom have clerked for Supreme Court Justices.
Our Constitutional Law Faculty
Professor Michelle Adams
Professor Adams' research centers around race discrimination and affirmative action. Her forthcoming book explores the impact of Brown v. Board of Education.
Professor Michael Herz
Professor Michael Herz is the Co-Director of the Floersheimer Center for Constitutional Democracy. He previously clerked for U.S. Supreme Court Justice Byron R. White. Herz was also the staff attorney for the Environmental Defense Fund.
Professor Deborah Pearlstein
Professor Deborah Pearlstein is the Co-Director of the Floersheimer Center for Constitutional Democracy. She has extensive experience in constitutional law. She previously clerked for U.S. Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens. She also served in the White House as a speechwriter for President Clinton.
Professor Michael Pollack
Professor Pollack clerked for U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor. His research focuses on property law.
Professor Alex Reinert
Professor Reinert is the Director of Center for Rights and Justice. He argued before the Supreme Court in Ashcroft v. Iqbal. Reinert's research focuses on incarcerated individuals and the rights of people confined in jail.
Professor Michel Rosenfeld
Professor Rosenfeld is the University Professor of Law and Comparative Democracy, Justice Sydney L. Robins Professor of Human Rights and Director of the Program on Global and Comparative Constitutional Theory at the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law. Professor Rosenfeld was an associate with both Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom and Rosenman, Colin, Freund, Lewis & Cohen.
Professor David Rudenstine
Professor Rudenstine served as Dean of Cardozo from 2001 to 2009. He has taught constitutional law since 1979.
Professor Kate Shaw
Professor Shaw is an ABC News contributor. She co-hosts a podcast on legal issues and constitutional democracy titled "Strict Scrutiny."
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