Professor Pamela Karlan to present the 2020 Constitution Day Lecture at Maine Law

Professor Pamela S. Karlan

Pamela S. Karlan, the Kenneth and Harle Montgomery Professor of Public Interest Law and a founder and co-director of the Supreme Court Litigation Clinic at Stanford Law School, will present the annual Constitution Day Lecture at the University of Maine School of Law on Thursday, September 17, 2020.

The lecture is titled “Restoring Democracy,” and will take place virtually via Zoom from 12:15 to 1:10 pm. This event is free and open to the public, but space is limited. Registration is required.

Professor Karlan has argued nine cases before the U.S. Supreme Court. Her primary scholarship involves constitutional litigation, particularly with respect to voting rights and anti-discrimination law.  She has published dozens of scholarly articles and is the co-author of three leading casebooks as well as a monograph on constitutional interpretation—Keeping Faith with the Constitution (Oxford University Press).  She has received numerous teaching awards.

Her public service includes clerking for U.S. Supreme Court Justice Harry Blackmun, a term on California’s state Fair Political Practices Commission, and an appointment as a Deputy Assistant Attorney General in the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Department of Justice. There, she received the Attorney General’s Award for Exceptional Service (the Department’s highest award for employee performance) for her work in implementing the Supreme Court’s decision in United States v. Windsor and the John Marshall Award for Providing Legal Advice for her work on Title VII and gender identity.  Prior to entering the academy, she served as an assistant counsel at the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc.

For additional information on the 2020 Constitution Day Lecture, please contact the Law School at

Professor Karlan’s Constitution Day Lecture can be viewed on Maine Law’s YouTube channel.