Last updated on: 8/22/2007 | Author: ProCon.org

Jesse Choper, LLB Biography

Title:
Earl Warren Professor of Public Law at the University of California, Berkeley
Position:
Con to the question "Should the Words “under God” Be in the US Pledge of Allegiance?"
Reasoning:

“In adding ‘under God’ to the Pledge of Allegiance, Congress was unquestionably motivated by a religious purpose. To dismiss the phrase as trivial or ceremonial overlooks the special compulsive influences that exist in the context of public schools, which tend to induce schoolchildren to recite the Pledge, thus meaningfully endangering their religious liberty.”

Boalt Hall Transcript, 2003-2004

Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Vice President, American Academy of Arts and Sciences, 2003-present
  • Earl Warren Professor of Public Law, University of California Law School, Berkeley, 1991-present
  • Professor, University of California Law School, Berkeley, 1965-present
  • Rutter Award for Teaching Distinction, University of California Law School, Berkeley, 2006
  • James Wilson Award, University of Pennsylvania, 2005
  • Faculty Lifetime Achievement Award, Boalt Hall Alumni Association, 2005
  • Freehills Distinguished Visiting Scholar, University of New South Wales Law School, Sydney, 2002
  • Bacon-Kilkenny Distinguished Visiting Professor, Fordham Law School, 1999-2002
  • Distinguished Teaching Award, University of California Berkeley, 1998
  • Visiting Professor, Autonoma University, Barcelona, 1996
  • Visiting Professor, University of Milan Law School, 1992
  • Dean, University of California Law School, Berkeley, 1982-1992
  • Associate Professor, University of Minnesota Law School, 1961-1965
  • Law Clerk, Chief Justice Earl Warren, 1960-1961
  • Instructor, Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, 1957-1960
Education:
  • LLB, magna cum laude, University of Pennsylvania, 1960
  • BS, summa cum laude, Wilkes University, 1957
Other:
  • None found
Quoted in:
  1. Should the Words "under God" Be in the US Pledge of Allegiance?
  2. Does the Phrase "under God" in the Pledge of Allegiance Violate the First Amendment's Establishment Clause?