Richard L. Hasen is an American legal scholar and expert in legislation, election law and campaign finance. He is currently Chancellor's Professor of Law and Political Science at the University of California, Irvine School of Law in Irvine, California, United States.[1]

Richard Hasen
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Rick Hasen in 2018 at South by Southwest
EducationUniversity of California, Berkeley (BA)
University of California, Los Angeles (MA, JD, PhD)
Known forLegislation
Election law
Campaign finance

Early life and educationEdit

Hasen received his B.A. degree with highest departmental honors from the University of California, Berkeley in 1986.[2] His undergraduate degree is in Middle Eastern studies.[1] He received his M.A. with distinction in political science in 1988 and Ph.D. in political science in 1992, both from the University of California, Los Angeles.[1][2] He received his J.D. from the UCLA School of Law in 1991, and was elected to the Order of the Coif.[1][2]


Hasen served as law clerk to Judge David R. Thompson of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit from 1991 to 1992 before joining the law firm of Horvitz & Levy LLP,[2] in Encino, California.[1] Hasen then became a law professor, although he continues to act as an occasional consultant to Horvitz & Levy.[2]

He taught at the Chicago-Kent College of Law from 1994 to 1997. In 1998 he took a position at Loyola Law School, Los Angeles; in 2005, he was named by Loyola as the William H. Hannon Distinguished Professor of Law. He left Loyola to become a professor at the University of California, Irvine School of Law in July 2011.[1]

Hasen was one of the founding co-editors of the quarterly Election Law Journal, a peer reviewed publication on election law.[1] He also runs the ElectionLawBlog, a popular and well-respected blog focusing on election law, campaign finance, voting rights, initiatives, redistricting, and other legal issues.[3][4][5][6]

In 2009,[1] Hasen was elected to the American Law Institute.[7] In 2013, the National Law Journal included Hasen on its list of the "100 most influential lawyers in America."[8]

In addition to his academic work, Hasen has written an op-ed published in the New York Times' Sunday Review[9] and has contributed to the Washington Post's scholarly blog The Monkey Cage.[10]


  • The Voting Wars: From Florida 2000 to the Next Election Meltdown. New Haven: Yale University Press, 2012. ISBN 978-0300182033
  • Plutocrats United: Campaign Money, the Supreme Court, and the Distortion of American Elections. New Haven: Yale University Press, 2016.
  • The Justice of Contradictions: Antonin Scalia and the Politics of Disruption. Yale University Press, 2018.[11]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h Richard L. Hasen, Chancellor's Professor of Law and Political Science, University of California, Irvine School of Law (last accessed July 21, 2017).
  2. ^ a b c d e Professor Richard L. Hasen, Horvitz & Levy (last accessed July 21, 2017).
  3. ^ William Earl Maxwell, Ernest Crain & Adolfo Santo, Texas Politics Today (2013-2014 ed.), Cengage Learning, 2014, p. 81: "Professor Rick Hasen's popular and well-respected election law blog."
  4. ^ Andy Barr, Deadlock: Rise of the Endless Election, Politico (July 18, 2009), "Rick Hasen ... author of a popular and well-respected election law blog."
  5. ^ Andy Barr, Birther debate alive across U.S., Politico (February 14, 2011): " Rick Hasen, a law professor and author of the respected Election Law blog."
  6. ^ Rich Schmitt, Law of Democracy, Stanford Lawyer, Spring 2016, Issue 94: "Richard Hasen, ... author of the influential Election Law Blog."
  7. ^ Elected Member: Professor Richard L. Hasen, American Law Institute.
  8. ^ The 100 Most Influential Lawyers in America, National Law Journal (March 25, 2013).
  9. ^ Richard L. Hasen, Don't Let Our Democracy Collapse, New York Times (July 15, 2017).
  10. ^ Richard L. Hasen, [As voter rights cases churn through courts, rights are uncertain. But confusion is guaranteed.], Washington Post (August 11, 2016).
  11. ^ "Justice of Contradictions | Yale University Press". Retrieved 2019-05-17.

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