The Karsh Center for Law and Democracy is a nonpartisan legal institute at the University of Virginia School of Law. The Karsh Center’s mission is to promote understanding and appreciation of the principles and practices necessary for a well-functioning, pluralistic democracy. These include civil discourse and democratic dialogue, civic engagement and citizenship, ethics and integrity in public office, and respect for the rule of law. The center supports these essential features of our democratic life through rigorous and cutting-edge legal and interdisciplinary scholarship. Our aim is to advance the values of law and democracy within the academy and in public discourse.
The center was established with a gift from Martha and Bruce Karsh, alumni and philanthropists who met at UVA as law students.