Helen Hershkoff

Helen Hershkoff is the Herbert M. and Svetlana Wachtell Professor of Constitutional Law and Civil Liberties at New York University School of Law, where she also co-directs the Arthur Garfield Hays Civil Liberties Program. She is a nationally recognized expert about civil procedure and federal jurisdiction, and is the co-author of leading casebooks in the field. She also writes extensively about state constitutions and their relation to social and economic justice. Before coming to NYU in 1995, she practiced law in New York, first as a litigation associate at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison, where she was a member of the pro bono litigation team on behalf of the “Willowbrook” class, involving the rights of the mentally retarded; then as a staff attorney with The Legal Aid Society Civil Appeals & Law Reform Unit (during this time she met Doug Lasdon and joined the Board of what was then called the Legal Action Center for the Homeless); and finally as an associate legal director of the ACLU. She is a graduate of the Harvard Law School and studied at St. Anne’s College, Oxford University, as a Marshall Scholar, earning a B.A. (M.A., Oxon.) in Modern History with First Class Honors.