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About Steven H. Shiffrin

Steven H. Shiffrin is the Charles Frank Reavis Sr., Professor of Law at Cornell Law School. He began his law school teaching career at UCLA in 1977, receiving tenure in 1981. He has been a visiting professor of law at Boston University, Harvard University, Seattle University, and the University of Michigan. He joined the Cornell faculty in 1987. Professor Shiffrin is the author of The Religious Left and Church-State Relations, Princeton University Press, 2009; Dissent, Injustice, and the Meanings of America, Princeton University Press, 1999, and The First Amendment, Democracy, and Romance, Harvard Press, 1990, winner of the Thomas J. Wilson Award. His writings have appeared in many publications, including the Cornell Law Review, the Harvard Law Review, the Michigan Law Review, the Northwestern Law Review, the UCLA Law Review, the Virginia Law Review, Commonweal, the New York Times Book Review, and the Washington Monthly. He is a coauthor of Constitutional Law, 11th ed., 2011, and The First Amendment, 5th ed., 2011, both of which are widely used casebooks in the field. He is working on a new book entitled, What’s Wrong with the First Amendment?.
B.A., Loyola University of Los Angeles 1963
M.A., San Fernando Valley State College, 1964
J.D., Loyola University of Los Angeles, 1975


Present Charles Frank Reavis Sr. Professor of Law, Emeritus, Cornell Law School



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Phone: (607) 255-4560
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