Pamela Karlan is the Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General in the Civil Rights Division of the United States Department of Justice (DOJ). Karlan previously served as the Kenneth and Harle Montgomery Professor of Public Interest Law and Co-Director of the Supreme Court Litigation Clinic at Stanford Law School, and is one of the nation’s foremost experts on voting rights, civil rights, and constitutional law. She has served as a commissioner on the California Fair Political Practices Commission, an assistant counsel and cooperating attorney for the NAACP Legal Defense Fund, and a Deputy Assistant Attorney General in the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Department of Justice from 2014 to 2015 under the Obama Administration. Karlan is the co-author of leading casebooks on constitutional law, constitutional litigation, and the law of democracy, as well as numerous scholarly articles. Before joining Stanford Law School in 1998, Karlan was a professor of law at the University of Virginia School of Law and served as a law clerk to Justice Harry A. Blackmun of the U.S. Supreme Court and Judge Abraham D. Sofaer of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York. She is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the American Academy of Appellate Lawyers, and the American Law Institute.
The Work Ahead: LGBTQ+ Legal Issues Under the Biden/Harris Administration and the 117th Congress