#4847 Overall Influence

Laurence Tribe

American lawyer and law school professor


Why is this person notable and influential?

Laurence H. Tribe, the Carl M. Loeb University Professor and Professor of Constitutional Law Emeritus at Harvard, has taught at its Law School since 1968 and was voted the best professor by the graduating class of 2000. The title “University Professor” is Harvard’s highest academic honor, awarded to just a handful of professors at any given time and to fewer than 75 professors in all of Harvard University’s history. He received tenure at 30.

Born in China to Russian Jewish refugees, Tribe entered Harvard at 16. He graduated summa cum laude in Mathematics (1962) and magna cum laude in Law (1966). Tribe has received eleven honorary degrees, most recently a degree honoris causa from the Government of Mexico in March 2011 that was never before awarded to an American, and an LL.D from Columbia University.

Among his many achievements, Tribe clerked for the California and U.S. Supreme Courts (1966-68), was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 1980 and to the American Philosophical Society in 2010. He also helped write the constitutions of South Africa, the Czech Republic, and the Marshall Islands.

Professor Tribe has prevailed in three-fifths of the many appellate cases he has argued (including 35 in the U.S. Supreme Court) and was appointed in 2010 by President Obama and Attorney General Holder to serve as the first Senior Counselor for Access to Justice.

Tribe has written 115 books and articles, most recently, To End A Presidency: The Power of Impeachment (co-authored with Joshua Matz). His treatise, American Constitutional Law, has been cited more than any other legal text since 1950. Former Solicitor General Erwin Griswold wrote: “[N]o book, and no lawyer not on the [Supreme] Court, has ever had a greater influence on the development of American constitutional law.” The Northwestern Law Review opined that no-one else “in American history has… simultaneously achieved Tribe’s preeminence… as a practitioner and… scholar of constitutional law.”

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Laurence Henry Tribe is an American legal scholar who is a University Professor Emeritus at Harvard University. He previously served as the Carl M. Loeb University Professor at Harvard Law School.Tribe is a constitutional law scholar and co-founder of the American Constitution Society. He is the author of American Constitutional Law , a major treatise in that field, and has argued before the United States Supreme Court 36 times. Tribe was elected to the American Philosophical Society in 2010.

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Harvard University

Private research university in Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States

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#73 World Rank