Laurence H. Tribe

Laurence H. Tribe, the Carl M. Loeb University Professor and Professor of Constitutional Law at Harvard University, has taught at the Harvard Law School since 1968 and was voted the best professor by the graduating class of 2000. A much sought-after appellate advocate as well as a distinguished academic, Professor Tribe has prevailed in three-fifths of the many appellate cases he has argued (including 35 in the U.S. Supreme Court).

The title “university professor,” which Professor Tribe has held since 2004, is Harvard’s highest academic honor, awarded to just a handful of professors at any given time and to fewer than 70 professors in all of Harvard University’s history.

Professor Tribe was appointed in 2010 by President Obama and Attorney General Holder to serve as the first senior counselor for access to justice; he currently serves as a member of the President’s Commission on White House Fellowships; and has written 115 books and articles, including his treatise, American Constitutional Law, cited more than any other legal text since 1950.

Born in China to Russian Jewish parents, Professor Tribe entered Harvard at 16; graduated summa cum laude in mathematics (1962) and magna cum laude in law (1966); clerked for the California and U.S. Supreme Courts(1966 – 1968); received tenure at 30; was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences at 38 and to the American Philosophical Society in 2010; helped write the constitutions of South Africa, the Czech Republic, and the Marshall Islands; and has received ten honorary degrees, most recently a degree honoris causa from the Government of Mexico in March 2011 that was never before awarded to an American.

Topics:
Federal Constitutional Law
Individual Rights
Federalism
Separation of Powers
Constitutional Interpretation
Supreme Court Adjudication