University of Pittsburgh
September 9, 2011

Pitt’s School of Law to Feature New Pitt Professor David J. Garrow in Constitution Day Lecture Sept. 19

Garrow’s talk is titled “The Continuing Relevance of Judicial Review for the Preservation of Constitutional Rights”
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PITTSBURGH—The University of Pittsburgh School of Law will feature David J. Garrow, Pitt Research Professor of History and Law, in a lecture titled “The Continuing Relevance of Judicial Review for the Preservation of Constitutional Rights” at noon Sept. 19 in the Barco Law Building’s Teplitz Memorial Courtroom, 3900 Forbes Ave., Oakland. The event will be a part of the University’s Constitution Day activities.

Garrow, who holds a joint appointment in the Pitt School of Law and the Department of History in Pitt’s School of Arts and Sciences, was a senior research fellow at Homerton College at the University of Cambridge prior to joining Pitt in July 2011. He also has taught at Duke University; the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; the City University of New York; The Cooper Union, serving as Visiting Distinguished Professor of History in 1992-93; the College of William and Mary, serving as Harrison Visiting Professor of History in 1994-95; American University, serving as Distinguished Historian in Residence in 1995-96; and Emory University, serving as Presidential Distinguished Professor from 1997 to 2005.

Garrow is the author of Liberty and Sexuality: The Right to Privacy and the Making of Roe v. Wade (Macmillan, 1994; updated paperback edition, University of California Press, 1998), a comprehensive history of the American reproductive rights struggle.

His book Bearing the Cross: Martin Luther King, Jr., and the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (Morrow, 1986; HarperCollins paperback, 2004) won the 1987 Pulitzer Prize in Biography and the seventh annual Robert F. Kennedy Book Award. Garrow also is the author of The FBI and Martin Luther King, Jr. (Norton, 1981) and Protest at Selma (Yale University Press, 1978), as well as editor of The Montgomery Bus Boycott and the Women Who Started It: The Memoir of JoAnn Gibson Robinson (University of Tennessee Press, 1987). He is coeditor of The Forgotten Memoir of John Knox: A Year in the Life of a Supreme Court Clerk in FDR’s Washington (University of Chicago Press, 2002) and The Eyes on the Prize Civil Rights Reader (Viking Penguin, 1987, 1991).

Garrow served as a senior advisor for Eyes on the Prize, the award-winning PBS television history of the American Black freedom struggle, and as editorial advisor for the Library of America’s two-volume Reporting Civil Rights (2003). He regularly contributes to The Washington Post, The Wilson Quarterly, and The New York Times. In recent years, Garrow’s essays and articles also have appeared in Newsweek, The New Republic, the Financial Times, the Los Angeles Times, The Atlantic, The New York Review of Books, The Nation, and The American Lawyer. His academic writings have been published in The Supreme Court Review, The Yale Law Journal, the University of Chicago Law Review, the Cornell Law Review, the Virginia Law Review, and Constitutional Commentary.

Garrow was born in Massachusetts in 1953, graduated magna cum laude from Wesleyan University in 1975, and received his PhD from Duke University in 1981. Other writings by Garrow can be accessed at his personal Web site,

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