Michael Klarman

Democracy and the Supreme Court: A Discussion with Harvard Law School Professor Michael Klarman

Date: October 27, 2020

Time: 5:30 p.m AZ Time

Location: Virtual Event

The Harvard Clubs of the Southwest Region would like to invite you to an evening discussion with renowned Harvard Law School Professor Michael Klarman. Professor Klarman will discuss the recent degradation of democracy in the United States (with references to similar developments around the world). The discussion will address the current administration and the Republican Party’s role. He will also discuss the Supreme Court’s role and possible solutions to entrench democracy.  He has written a lengthy article on the topic, which will be published as the Foreword to the Harvard Law Review’s annual issue on the Supreme Court’s latest term.

About Professor Klarman:

Professor Michael J. Klarman is the Kirkland & Ellis Professor at Harvard Law School, where he joined the faculty in 2008.  He received his B.A. and M.A. (political theory) from the University of Pennsylvania in 1980, his J.D. from Stanford Law School in 1983, and his D. Phil. in legal history from the University of Oxford (1988), where he was a Marshall Scholar.  After law school, Professor Klarman clerked for the Honorable Ruth Bader Ginsburg on the United States Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit (1983-84).  He joined the faculty at the University of Virginia School of Law in 1987 and served there until 2008 as the James Monroe Distinguished Professor of Law and Professor of History. 

Klarman has also served as the Ralph S. Tyler, Jr., Visiting Professor at Harvard Law School, Distinguished Visiting Lee Professor of Law at the Marshall Wythe School of Law at the College of William & Mary, Visiting Professor at Stanford Law School, and Visiting Professor at Yale Law School. 

Klarman has won numerous awards for his teaching and scholarship, which are primarily in the areas of Constitutional Law and Constitutional History.  In 2009 he was inducted into the American Academy of Arts & Sciences.


Klarman’s first book, From Jim Crow to Civil Rights: The Supreme Court and the Struggle for Racial Equality, was published by Oxford University Press in 2004 and received the 2005 Bancroft Prize in History.  He published two books in the summer of 2007, also with Oxford University Press: Brown v. Board of Education and the Civil Rights Movement and Unfinished Business: Racial Equality in American History, which is part of Oxford’s Inalienable Rights series.  In 2012, he published From the Closet to the Altar: Courts, Backlash, and the Struggle for Same-Sex Marriage. In 2016, Professor Klarman published The Framer’s Coup: The Making of the U.S. Constitution (Oxford University Press), which is a comprehensive, revisionist interpretation of the drafting and ratification of the U.S. Constitution.


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