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Pamela S. Karlan, JD Biography

Kenneth and Harle Montgomery Professor of Public Interest Law at Stanford University Law School
Pro to the question "Should People Who Have Completed Felony Sentences Be Allowed to Vote?"

“The Eighth Amendment [to the U.S. Constitution] ‘succinctly prohibits ‘excessive’ sanctions,’ and demands that ‘punishment for crime should be graduated and proportioned to the offense.’… Thus, the states that continue to exclude all felons permanently are outliers, both within the United States and in the world.”

“Convictions and Doubts: Retribution, Representation, and the Debate over Felon Disenfranchisement,” Stanford Law Review, 2004

Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Kenneth and Harle Montgomery Professor of Public Interest Law, Stanford University Law School. 1998-Present
  • Founding Director, Supreme Court Litigation Clinic, Stanford University Law School
  • Affiliated Faculty, Center for the Study of Race and Ethnicity, Present
  • Assistant Counsel and Cooperating Attorney, NAACP Legal Defense Fund, Present
  • Recipient, John Bingham Hurlbut Award for Excellence in Teaching, Stanford, 2002
  • Recipient, State Council on Higher Education in Virginia Outstanding Faculty Award, 1997
  • Honoree, The Public Sector 45, American Lawyer, 1997
  • Recipient, University of Virginia All-University Outstanding Teaching Award, 1995-96
  • Former Professor of Law, University of Virginia School of Law
  • Former Commissioner, California Fair Political Practices Commission
  • Former Law Clerk to Justice Harry A. Blackmun of the U.S. Supreme Court
  • Former Law Clerk to Judge Abraham D. Sofaer of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York
  • JD, Yale Law School, 1984
  • MA, Yale University University Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, 1984
  • BA, Yale University, 1980
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Quoted in:
  1. Does the Argument of No Taxation without Representation Justify Reenfranchising People with Felony Convictions?