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Young Public Law Scholar Reaches Across Fields To Study the Supreme Court and Judicial Power  

Young Public Law Scholar Reaches Across Fields To Study the Supreme Court and Judicial Power

Ruger Joins Faculty

Theodore Ruger

THEODORE RUGER, a rising young public law scholar and former clerk to Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer, has joined Penn Law’s faculty as an assistant professor of law. He specializes in Constitutional Law, Legislation, and Health Law.

He joins the Law School after three years as an associate professor at the Washington University School of Law in St. Louis.

"In his brief career Ted Ruger already has established himself as one of the brightest young minds in constitutional law," said Penn Law Dean Michael A. Fitts. "Reaching across disciplines, he brings fresh insights to the study of judicial authority, and is a keen observer of how the courts shape health law, at a time when our health system is under increased scrutiny. We are most fortunate to have him."

Ruger combines traditional legal analysis with history and political science in his research, which centers on age-old questions about judicial power and on Supreme Court decision-making. This empirical and interdisciplinary approach informs much of his work, which has appeared in the Harvard Law Review, the Columbia Law Review, the University of Pennsylvania Journal of Constitutional Law, and Perspectives in Politics, a leading peer-reviewed political science journal.

"One of the things that attracted me to Penn … is how many faculty have expertise and interest in fields related to law," said Ruger. "In that respect, it’s a very interesting place to be. The research that’s going on here is really diverse, interesting, and stimulating."

After serving as a law clerk to Justice Breyer, Ruger joined Williams & Connolly LLP as an associate. In 2001, he was appointed associate professor at Washington University School of Law. He spent the spring 2004 semester as a visiting faculty member at Yale Law School.

Ruger received his A.B from Williams College in 1990 and his J.D. from Harvard Law School in 1995. At Harvard, Ruger was president of the Harvard Law Review and recipient of the Sears Prize, which goes to two students with the highest overall grade averages in the first year class.

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