Richard Pildes


speaker Richard Pildes

[Political parties] become polarized partly because people in the United States are fairly divided. We have significant divisions about issues about philosophy of government.

Richard H. Pildes is a professor of law at New York University Law School. Early in his career, Professor Pildes clerked for Judge Abner J. Mikva of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit and for Justice Thurgood Marshall of the U.S. Supreme Court. He began his career in academia at the University of Michigan Law School after practicing law in Boston. In 2001, he joined NYU School of Law. He is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Science and the American Law Institute, and is also a Guggenheim Fellow and Carnegie Scholar. He has written extensively on issues such as the rise of political polarization in the United States, the Voting Rights Act, national security law, and the role of the Supreme Court in overseeing American democracy, and is frequently cited in Supreme Court opinions. He was also nominated with the NBC News Team for an Emmy Award for the coverage of the 2000 Bush v. Gore Presidential election litigation. Previously, he served as a federal court-appointed independent expert on voting rights litigation and as counsel in successful Supreme Court litigation challenging the operations of the United States Tax Court, and acted as a senior legal advisor in the 2008 and 2012 presidential campaigns of Barack Obama.