Last updated on: 10/4/2018 | Author: ProCon.org

Erwin Chemerinsky, JD Biography

Title:
Jesse H. Choper Distinguished Professor of Law at the University of California at Berkeley
Position:
Con to the question "Should the Words “under God” Be in the US Pledge of Allegiance?"
Reasoning:

“As a matter of 1st Amendment law, this should be an easy one. The high court should affirm the 9th Circuit’s decision and hold that it is not for the government to encourage students to express a religious belief.”

“Court Must Buck Political Pressure in Pledge Case,” Los Angeles Times, Oct. 15, 2003

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Individuals with JD's, or equivalent advanced degrees in fields relevant to government and constitutional law. Also top-level government officials (such as foreign leaders, US presidents, Founding Fathers, Supreme Court Justices, members of legislative bodies, cabinet members, military leaders, etc.) with positions relevant to government and constitutional law.
Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Jesse H. Choper Distinguished Professor of Law, University of California at Berkeley, 2017-present
  • Raymond Pryke Professor of First Amendment Law, University of California at Irvine School of Law, 2013-2017
  • Founding Dean and Distinguished Professor of Law, University of California at Irvine School of Law
  • Lecturer, BAR/BRI, 1986-Present
  • Alston & Bird Professor of Law and Political Science, Duke University, 2004-2008
  • Sydney M. Irmas Professor of Public Interest Law, Legal Ethics, and Political Science, University of Southern California, 1997-2004
  • Director, Center for Communications Law and Policy, 2000-2004
  • Visiting Professor, University of California at Los Angeles Law School, 1997, 2001
  • Legion Lex Professor of Law, University of Southern California, 1991-1997
  • Professor of Law, University of Southern California, 1987-1991
  • Associate Professor, University of Southern California, 1984-1987
  • Visiting Associate Professor, University of Southern California, 1983-1984
  • Associate Professor, DePaul University School of Law, 1983-1984
  • Assistant Professor, DePaul University School of Law, 1980-1983
  • Director, Northwestern University, National High School Institute in Speech, Forensics Division, 1981-1982
Education:
  • JD, cum laude, Harvard Law School, 1978
  • BS, Northwestern University, 1975
Other:
  • Recipient, Korean-American Bar Association of Los Angeles Community Service Award, 2013
  • Recipient, Marcus Kauffman Jurisprudence Award, ADL of Orange County, 2013
  • Recipient, Ramona Ripston Civil Liberties and Civil Rights Award, ACLU of Southern California, 2012
  • Recipient, Eleanor Roosevelt Award, Americans for Democratic Action, 2011
  • Recipient, Community Service Award, Progressive Jewish Alliance, 2009
  • Recipient, Scholar-Teacher of the Year Award, Duke University, 2006
  • Recipient, President’s Award, Criminal Courts Bar Association, 2003
  • Recipient, Clarence Darrow Award, People’s College of Law, 2001
  • Recipient, Community Service Award, Anti-Defamation League, 2001
  • Recipient, Alumni Merit Award, Northwestern University, 2000
  • Recipient, Eason Monroe Courageous Advocate Award, ACLU of Southern California, 1999
  • Recipient, Distinguished Professor Award, ACLU of Southern California, 1996
  • Attorney, Dobrovir, Oakes, and Gebhardt, Washington, DC, 1979-1980
  • Attorney, Attorney General’s Program for Honor Law Graduates, United States
    Department of Justice, Civil Division, Frauds Section, 1978-1979
  • Born May 14, 1953 in Chicago, IL
Quoted in:
  1. From a Legal Perspective, Do the Words "under God" in the Pledge of Allegiance Improperly Endorse Religion?
  2. Should the Words "under God" Be in the US Pledge of Allegiance?
  3. Does the Phrase "under God" in the Pledge of Allegiance Violate the First Amendment's Establishment Clause?