Steven H. Shiffrin Charles Frank Reavis Sr. Professor of Law, Emeritus
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Contact Information

Cornell Law School
103 Myron Taylor Hall
Ithaca, NY 14853-4901

Phone: (607) 255-4560
Fax: (607) 255-7193

Professional Biography

Steven H. Shiffrin is the Charles Frank Reavis Sr. Professor of Law, Emeritus at Cornell Law School. He joined the Cornell Law School faculty in 1987, after beginning his law school teaching career at UCLA, and retired in 2014.

Professor Shiffrin is the author of The Religious Left and Church-State Relations (Princeton University Press, 2009), Dissent, Injustice, and the Meanings of America (Princeton University Press, 1999), and The First Amendment, Democracy, and Romance (Harvard Press, 1990), winner of the Thomas J. Wilson Award. He is also a coauthor of Constitutional Law, 11th ed. (2011), and The First Amendment, 5th ed. (2011), both of which are widely used casebooks in the field. He is working on a new book entitled, What’s Wrong with the First Amendment?.

His writings have appeared in many publications, including the Cornell Law Review, Harvard Law Review, Michigan Law Review, Northwestern Law Review, UCLA Law Review, Virginia Law Review, Commonweal, the New York Times Book Review, and the Washington Monthly.


B.A., Loyola University of Los Angeles 1963
M.A., San Fernando Valley State College, 1964
J.D., Loyola University of Los Angeles, 1975