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.
THE LAW OF ARREST, SEARCH AND SEIZURE IN PENNSYLVANIA (Pennsylvania Bar Institute, 8th ed. 2014; 9th ed. 2016; 10th ed. 2018).
POLICE MISCONDUCT: LAW AND LITIGATION (3rd ed., Thomson Reuters 2002- ) (with Michael Avery and Karen Blum).
CRIMINAL LAW IN PENNSYLVANIA (West Publ. Co. 2007) (with Leonard Sosnov).
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).
Articles and Book Chapters
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., NYU 2009).
More publications can be found here.
- Civil Rights
- Civil Liberties Issues
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)
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)
- Criminal Law
- Constitutional Criminal Procedure