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Klarman speaking at Harvard Law Class Day 2010
Klarman discusses the U.S. Constitution on its 222nd anniversary

Michael J. Klarman is an American legal historian, and constitutional law scholar,[1] the Kirkland & Ellis Professor at Harvard Law School.[2] Formerly, he was James Monroe Distinguished Professor of Law, Professor of History, and Elizabeth D. and Richard A. Merrill Research Professor at the University of Virginia School of Law.[3] Klarman specializes in the constitutional history of race.[4] He contends that the Supreme Court of the United States has historically been hostile to the rights of minorities and has not consistently enforced constitutional protections for them. Klarman argues that civil rights protections arise out of social mores from which the court takes its cue.[1][5]


Early lifeEdit

Klarman grew up in Baltimore. His father was a public health economist.[6] He is the brother of investor Seth Klarman.[7]


Klarman holds a J.D. from Stanford Law School, a D.Phil. from Oxford University (where he was a Marshall Scholar) and an M.A. and B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania.[8] After his graduation from law school, he clerked for then-Judge Ruth Bader Ginsburg when she was on the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit.[9][10]



  • McConnell, Michael W. (May 1995). "Originalism and the desegregation decisions". Virginia Law Review. 81 (4): 947–1140. doi:10.2307/1073539. JSTOR 1073539.


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