David A. Strauss

Gerald Ratner Distinguished Service Professor of Law, University of Chicago Law School

David A. Strauss is the Gerald Ratner Distinguished Service Professor of Law at the University of Chicago and faculty director of the Jenner & Block Supreme Court and Appellate Clinic. His teaching interests include constitutional law, federal jurisdiction, administrative law, civil procedure and torts. In 2012, Strauss was appointed to the ACS board of directors.

Strauss has served as an assistant to the Solicitor General of the United States, special counsel to the Committee on the Judiciary of the U.S. Senate, and an attorney-adviser in the Justice Department’s Office of Legal Counsel. He has argued 19 cases before the U.S. Supreme Court and has testified numerous times before Congress. He is co-editor of the “Supreme Court Review,” along with Geoffrey Stone, Justin Driver, and Dennis Hutchinson.

Strauss is the author of “The Living Constitution” (Oxford University Press, 2010) and many academic and popular articles. He has been a visiting professor at Harvard and Georgetown, and is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He has also served as chair of the board of trustees of the University of Chicago Laboratory Schools, and as a member of the board of governors of the Chicago Council of Lawyers.

Strauss is a graduate magna cum laude of the Harvard Law School. He received a BPhil in politics from Oxford, where he was a Marshall Scholar. He graduated from Harvard College summa cum laude.