Area of Expertise
Constitutional law; education law; voting rights; abortion; labor law; affirmative action; hate crimes; criminal law and procedure; international economic and trade law; government law; law of the U.S. political process
Jamin Raskin teaches constitutional law, the First Amendment, the Constitution and public education, and legislation. He has written numerous law review articles and essays and several influential books, including Overruling Democracy: The Supreme Court versus the American People (2003). The book examines patterns of conservative judicial activism and interference with democratic politics. He also wrote We the Students (2d ed., 2003), which examines the Supreme Court’s treatment of America’s high school students and their rights. An active constitutional and public interest lawyer, Raskin has represented clients such as the Reverend Jesse Jackson, Ross Perot, and Greenpeace, and was chairman of Maryland’s State Higher Education Labor Relations Board. In 2006, he won an upset victory in the Democratic primary for State Senate from District 20 in Maryland, toppling a 32-year incumbent. He proceeded to win 99 percent of the vote in the November general election. As a senator in Maryland’s “citizen legislature,” Raskin serves on the influential Judicial Proceedings Committee, the Joint Committee on Legislative Ethics, the Joint Committee on the Chesapeake Bay and the Atlantic Coast, and the Joint Committee on State-Federal Relations. Raskin was voted the “smartest legislator in Annapolis” and successfully introduced bills establishing a statewide civil rights statute, Maryland’s Commission on Capital Punishment, Maryland’s statewide Farm-to-Schools program, protection for car buyers, rights for elderly and disabled tenants in condo conversions, and the creation of a nationwide compact in presidential elections for a national popular vote. Raskin’s career has included service as general counsel of the National Rainbow Coalition, a member of President Clinton’s first transition team, and a state assistant attorney general. In the 2000 presidential election, he introduced Internet “vote pairing” in Slate magazine. In 2003–2004, he was a visiting professor at Sciences Po in Paris and taught a course in comparative constitutional law and politics.