R. Kent Greenawalt

R. Kent Greenawalt

Title: University Professor
Columbia University Law School
Location: New York, New York, United States

R. Kent Greenawalt, University Professor at Columbia University Law School, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in legal scholarship and education.

Mr. Greenawalt began an education at Swarthmore College, graduating, with honors, with a Bachelor of Arts in 1958. While there, he received a scholarship for Oxford University, at which he was a Keasbey Fellow and earned a bachelor’s degree in philosophy. Mr. Greenawalt later attended Columbia University and obtained an LLM as a Kent Scholar in 1963. He is licensed to practice law in New York and worked as a law clerk for Justice Harlan in the U.S. Supreme Court from 1963 to 1964, before becoming a special assistant at the Agency for International Development and a staff member for the Law Enforcement Task Force.

After receiving an offer to return to Columbia University to teach, Mr. Greenawalt realized that education would give him more opportunities and he became a faculty member at Columbia University Law School. He remained at the university as a professor for the duration of his career and currently holds the title of a Cardozo professor and a university professor. Additionally, Mr. Greenawalt has excelled as a visiting professor at Stanford University Law School, Northwestern University Law School, the Marshall-Wythe School of Law, and New York University Law School.

Having written a number of books, Mr. Greenawalt is the author of “Legal Interpretation,” “Religion and the Constitution, Volume II: Establishment and Fairness,” “Religion and the Constitution, Volume I: Fairness and Free Exercise,” “Statutory Interpretation: Twenty Questions,” “Private Consciences and Public Reasons,” and “Fighting Words,” among other titles. In addition to contributing many articles to legal journals, he is an active member of the American Philosophical Society, the American Law Institute, and was the president of the American Society for Political and Legal Philosophy. Notably, Mr. Greenawalt has received an Ivy Award from Swarthmore College and was a fellow of the American Council of Learned Societies from 1972 to 1973. As a testament to his success, he has been featured in multiple editions of Who’s Who in American Law, Who’s Who in the East, Who’s Who in American Education, and Who’s Who in America.

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