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David Pozen

David Pozen is a leading scholar of constitutional law and information law. He teaches and writes widely on subjects including secrecy, privacy, and constitutional politics. In 2018, he published four much-discussed law review articles, on “Transparency’s Ideological Drift,” “How Constitutional Norms Break Down,” “Asymmetric Constitutional Hardball,” and “The Search for an Egalitarian First Amendment.” In 2017-2018, he also served as the Knight First Amendment Institute’s inaugural visiting scholar.

Pozen has been named recipient of the 2019 American Law Institute Early Career Scholars Medal, which is awarded every other year to “one or two outstanding early-career law professors whose work is relevant to public policy and has the potential to influence improvements in the law.”

Before joining the Law School in 2012, Pozen served as a special assistant to U.S. Senator Edward M. Kennedy on the Senate Judiciary Committee and as a special adviser to Legal Adviser Harold Hongju Koh at the U.S. Department of State. He also clerked for Judge Merrick Garland on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit and for U.S. Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens.

In a period of intense polarization and congressional gridlock, some of the most morally and democratically compelling forms of anti-hardball may be unattainable without the aid of hardball, whether as a means to bring both sides to the negotiating table or as a means to push through a depoliticizing reform.