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

Steven H. Shiffrin, JD Biography

Title:
Professor of Law at Cornell Law School
Position:
Con to the question "Should the Words “under God” Be in the US Pledge of Allegiance?"
Reasoning:

“I would find it disturbing for government to announce that religious faith is good, let alone to act on it. First, I think government neutrality on this subject is more respectful of citizens who disagree. I do not believe that a person’s religion or lack of it should have any bearing on their relationship to the state. Statements like these including ‘In God We Trust’ mark out two classes of citizens: those who do not trust in God are not part of the ‘We.’ They are marked as outsiders.”

Left2Right.com, May 6, 2006

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Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Professor of Law, Cornell Law School, 1987-present
  • Of Counsel, Irell & Manella LLP, 1977-present
  • Ralph Gregory Elliot Lecture, Yale Law School, 2001
  • Thomas J. Wilson Award, Best manuscript by a New Author submitted to Harvard University Press, 1989
  • Professor of Law, UCLA, 1977-1987
  • Visiting Professor of Law, Harvard University, 1986-1987
  • Visiting Professor of Law, University of Michigan Fall, 1984
  • Richard and Eleanor Dwyer Award for Excellence in Legal Scholarship, 1984
  • Visiting Professor of Law, Boston University, 1982-1983
  • UCLA School of Law Professor of the Year, 1980
  • Law Clerk, Judge Warren Ferguson, United States District Court, Los Angeles, 1975-1976
Education:
  • JD, summa cum laude, Loyola University of Los Angeles, 1975
  • Graduate work, Speech Communication, UCLA (all, but dissertation), 1966-1970
  • MA, Speech and Drama, San Fernando Valley State College, 1964
  • BA, Political Science, Loyola University of Los Angeles, 1963
Other:
  • None found
Quoted in:
  1. Is the United States a Monotheistic (One God) State?