Sam Issacharoff

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New York University School of Law
40 Washington Square South
New York, NY 10012

Samuel Issacharoff

Bonnie and Richard Reiss Professor of Constitutional Law, New York University School of Law

Samuel Issacharoff is the Reiss Professor of Constitutional Law at the New York University School of Law. His wide-ranging research deals with issues in civil procedure (especially complex litigation and class actions), law and economics, constitutional law, particularly with regard to voting rights and electoral systems, and employment law. He is one of the pioneers in the law of the political process, where his Law of Democracy casebook (co-authored with Stanford’s Pam Karlan and NYU’s Rick Pildes) and dozens of articles have helped to create a vibrant new area of constitutional law. He is also a leading figure in the field of procedure, both in the academy and outside. He served as the Reporter for the Principles of the Law of Aggregate Litigation of the American Law Institute.

Professor Issacharoff is a 1983 graduate of the Yale Law School. After clerking , he spent the early part of his career as a voting rights lawyer. He then began his teaching career at the University of Texas in 1989, where he held the Joseph D. Jamail Centennial Chair in Law. In 1999, he moved to Columbia Law School, where he was the Harold R. Medina Professor of Procedural Jurisprudence. His published articles appear in every leading law review, as well as in leading journals in other fields. Professor Issacharoff is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.


Senior Legal Counsel, Obama for America Campaign, 2008, 2012
Visiting Professor, New York University of Law
Samuel Williston Visiting Professor, Harvard Law School
Harold R. Medina Professor in Procedural Jurisprudence, Columbia Law School
Of counsel, handling special litigation for labor law firm, Guerrieri, Edmond & James
Staff attorney, Voting Rights Project, Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law
Editor, Yale Law Journal, Yale Law School


J.D., Yale Law School, 1983
University Fellowship, Labor History, Graduate Center, City University of New York, 1976-77
Universite de Paris, 1975-6
B.A., State University of New York at Binghamton, 1975


Samuel Issacharoff, Pamela Karlan, Richard Pildes. The Law of Democracy: Legal Structure of the Political Process. Foundation Press, 3d. edition, 2007.

Samuel Issacharoff, Pamela Karlan, Richard Pildes . When Elections Go Bad: The Law of Democracy and the Presidential Election of 2000. Foundation Press, 2001.

Samuel Issacharoff, K.D. Ewing. Party Funding and Campaign Financing in International Perspective. Hart Press,Oxford, 2006.

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