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About Sheldon Nahmod

Professor Nahmod is a well-known expert on constitutional law, civil rights and the law of Section 1983. He is the author of Civil Rights and Civil Liberties Litigation: The Law of Section 1983 (4th ed. 2015; 3 vols.); A Section 1983 Civil Rights Anthology (1993); a casebook, Constitutional Torts (4th ed. 2015, with Wells and Eaton); and numerous law review articles. He has argued civil rights cases in the U.S. Supreme Court and many other federal courts. In addition, he lectures regularly on civil rights matters to federal judges and attorneys throughout the country. He also lectures to lay groups on constitutional law.

Professor Nahmod graduated from the University of Chicago and Harvard Law School. He practiced with a corporate law firm and was a legal services staff attorney before entering academia. He also was a teaching fellow at Harvard Law School, where he earned an LL.M. After joining IIT Chicago-Kent, he served as associate dean for three years, and was named IIT Distinguished Professor in 1992.

Professor Nahmod has served as chair of the Section on Civil Rights, the Section on Law and Education, and the Section on Law and Religion of the Association of American Law Schools. In addition, he received a Master in Religious Studies degree from the University of Chicago Divinity School in June 1996. In 2001, he received the Jefferson Fordham Lifetime Achievement Award for his work in Section 1983 jurisprudence from the American Bar Association's section on State and Local Government Law. He founded and for many years co-directed the Institute for Law and the Humanities.

Professor Nahmod blogs on Section 1983, constitutional law and other law-related topics at


Present Faculty Member, Chicago-Kent College of Law



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