Pamela Harris

  • Lecturer

Pamela Harris is a judge on the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, appointed in 2014 by President Obama. Previously, Harris worked in private practice as a Supreme Court and appellate litigator with the firm of O’Melveny & Myers. She served twice at the U.S. Department of Justice, as principal deputy assistant attorney general for the Office of Legal Policy from 2010 to 2012, and as an attorney-advisor at the Office of Legal Counsel from 1993 to 1996.

Harris also taught constitutional law and criminal procedure at the University of Pennsylvania Law School and the Georgetown Law Center, served as executive director of Georgetown Law Center’s Supreme Court Institute, and was a co-director of Harvard Law School’s Supreme Court and Appellate Advocacy Clinic. A graduate of Yale College and Yale Law School, she served as a law clerk to Justice John Paul Stevens of the United States Supreme Court and Judge Harry T. Edwards of the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals. She teaches the short course Current Issues in the Supreme Court at the Law School.


  • J.D.
    Yale Law School
  • B.A.
    Yale College

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