Faculty Profiles

Harry Litman

Harry Litman

Lecturer in Law
A.B. Harvard, 1980
J.D. UC Berkeley, 1986

Harry Litman co-teaches The Supreme Court of the United States with Professor Mark Greenberg.

Litman received his B.A. from Harvard University and his J.D. from the University of California, Berkeley, where he was Editor-in-Chief of the California Law Review. Litman thereafter served as a law clerk to Judge Abner Mikva of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit; Justice Thurgood Marshall of the United States Supreme Court; and Justice Anthony Kennedy of the United States Supreme Court.

Following his clerkships, Litman became an Assistant United States Attorney in the Northern District of California. From 1993 until 1998, Litman was a Deputy Assistant Attorney General in the Department of Justice. In 1998, the President appointed him (following Senate confirmation) to the position of United States Attorney for the Western District of Pennsylvania. During his tenure, Litman launched several law-enforcement initiatives, including a groundbreaking gun-violence reduction program, while overseeing a 20% increase in federal prosecutions and personally litigating cases in the district court and the court of appeals.

Litman currently divides his time between teaching and practice. His legal practice focuses on the False Claims Act, with sub-specialties in appellate litigation, election law, and constitutional law. He has been lead or co-lead counsel in several major False Claims Act cases, and he has been co-counsel in two constitutional-law cases before the United States Supreme Court. He served as Pennsylvania State Counsel to the Kerry-Edwards presidential campaign and as Post-Election Counsel for Western Pennsylvania to the Obama-Biden presidential campaign.

Litman has held appointments at a number of law schools and schools of public policy. From 2002 to 2013, he was affiliated with the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University, teaching Policy Task Forces on War and Civil Liberties, the Death Penalty, and Balancing Liberty and Security after 9/11. From 2003 to 2013, he was also a Visiting Professor of Law at Rutgers Law School (Camden), where he taught Federal Courts, Contracts, Criminal Law, and seminars on Judicial Politics and on Terrorism. He has taught courses on Federal Courts and the Federal System at the Georgetown Law Center; Separation of Powers at Berkeley Law; Evidence at the University of Pittsburgh Law School; and, most recently, National Security and Counterterrorism at the UCSD School of Global Policy and Strategy. He is a frequent speaker at legal conferences, and he has authored or co-authored several scholarly articles on constitutional law, criminal law, and federalism, as well as numerous op-ed pieces and occasional scripts for law-related television shows. He is a frequent contributor of op-Ed’s to national media and regularly appears as a commmentator on MSNBC and other outlets.