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David Rudovsky

Senior Fellow

David Rudovsky

David Rudovsky, one of the nation’s leading civil rights and criminal defense attorneys, practices public interest law with the firm of Kairys, Rudovsky, Messing & Feinberg. He became a Senior Fellow at Penn Law in 1988 and teaches courses in Criminal Law, Constitutional Criminal Procedure and Evidence. Continue reading… David Rudovsky, one of the nation’s leading civil rights and criminal defense attorneys, practices public interest law with the firm of Kairys, Rudovsky, Messing & Feinberg. He became a Senior Fellow at Penn Law in 1988 and teaches courses in Criminal Law, Constitutional Criminal Procedure and Evidence. He is co-author (with Michael Avery and Karen Blum) of Police Misconduct: Law and Litigation (West, 2012, 3rd ed.) and The Law of Arrest, Search, and Seizure in Pennsylvania (6th ed. 2011, PBI Press).


In the classroom Rudovsky integrates doctrine and practice to give his students a comprehensive understanding of legal principles and their role and application in the courts. His awards include a MacArthur Foundation Fellowship and Award for Accomplishments in Civil Rights Law and Criminal Justice, the ACLU Civil Liberties Award, and most recently his fifth Harvey Levin Award for Excellence in Teaching at the Law School. He also won a University of Pennsylvania Lindback Award for Teaching Excellence in 1996.

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Expertise

  • Civil Rights Law
  • Criminal Law
  • Evidence
  • Family Law
  • Public Interest

Books

POLICE MISCONDUCT: LAW AND LITIGATION (3d ed., Clark Boardman Co. 2012) (with MICHAEL AVERY and KAREN BLUM).

Articles and Book Chapters

Debate: The Constitutionality of Stop-and-Frisk in New York City, 162 U. PA. L. REV. ONLINE 117 (2013) (with Lawrence Rosenthal).

Remembering Ed Baker, 12 U. PA. J. CONST. L. 961 (2010).

Saucier v. Katz: Qualified Immunity as a Doctrine of Dilution of Constitutional Rights, in WE DISSENT: TALKING BACK TO THE REHNQUIST COURT: EIGHT CASES THAT SUBVERTED CIVIL LIBERTIES AND CIVIL RIGHTS (Michael Avery, ed. 2009).

A Closing Keynote: A Comment on Mass Incarceration in the United States, 11 U. PA. J. CONST. L. 207 (2008).

Litigating Civil Rights Cases to Reform Racially Biased Criminal Justice Practice, 39 COLUM. HUM. RTS. L. REV. 97 (2007).

CRIMINAL LAW IN PENNSYLVANIA (West Publ. Co. 2007) (with LEONARD SOSNOV).

Habeas Corpus, The Suspension Clause, and the Field Theory, A Response to Professor Vladeck, 80 TEMPLE L. REV. 441 (2007)

Running in Place: The Paradox of Expanding Rights and Restricted Remedies, 2005 U. ILL. L. REV. 1199.

THE LAW OF ARREST, SEARCH AND SEIZURE IN PENNSYLVANIA (Pennsylvania Bar Institute, 5th ed. 2008 & 6th ed. 2011).

Double Helix, Double Bind; Factual Innocence and Post Conviction DNA Testing, 151 U. PA. L. REV. 547 (with Seth Kreimer) (2002).

Law Enforcement by Stereotypes and Serenditpity, 3 U. PA. J. CONST. L. 296 (2001).

HUMAN RIGHTS IN NORTHERN IRELAND (Helsinki Watch, 1991, with NORMAN DORSEN and LOIS WHITMAN).

THE RIGHTS OF PRISONERS (1990) (with ALAN BRONSTEIN and ED KOREN).
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Research Areas

  • Civil Rights
  • Civil Liberties Issues

Positions

Penn Law - Senior Fellow (1988- ); Visiting Associate Professor of Law (1987); Instructor (1972-86)

Staff Attorney and Chief, Motions Division, Defender Association of Philadelphia (1967-71)

Kairys, Rudovsky, Epstein & Messing - Founding Partner, practice focused on civil rights and civil liberties litigation (1971- )

Defender Association of Philadelphia - First Assistant Defender (1983-86)

Professional Activities

Philadelphia Bar Association, Cesare Beccaria Award for Criminal Justice Accomplishments (2005).

Member, Board of Directors, Defender Association of Philadelphia (1979-83, 1996-present)

National Vice-President, National Lawyers Guild (1979-80)

President, Pennsylvania Institutional Law Project (1994-2006)

Member, Board of Directors, American Civil Liberties Union; General Counsel to Pennsylvania ACLU (1991-1993)

Judge Gerald F. Flood Memorial Award (For Public Interest Accomplishments), Philadelphia Bar Foundation (1985)

MacArthur Foundation Fellowship and Award for Accomplishments in Civil Rights Law and Criminal Justice (1986)

ACLU Civil Liberties Award (1990)

Courses

  • Criminal Law
  • Evidence
  • Constitutional Criminal Procedure

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