Martin H. Redish

Louis and Harriet Ancel Professor of Law and Public Policy


Martin H. Redish, the Louis and Harriet Ancel Professor of Law and Public Policy at Northwestern University School of Law, teaches and writes on the subjects of federal jurisdiction, civil procedure, freedom of expression and constitutional law. In addition, he is Senior Counsel to the law firm of Sidley Austin LLP.

Professor Redish received his AB with highest honors in political science from the University of Pennsylvania and his JD magna cum laude from Harvard Law School.

Described in a review of his book, The Federal Courts in the Political Order, as “without a doubt the foremost scholar on issues of federal court jurisdiction in this generation,” Professor Redish is the author or co-author of more than 100 articles and 16 books. His book entitled Wholesale Justice: Constitutional Democracy and the Problem of the Class Action Lawsuit, was published by Stanford University Press in 2009. Stanford University Press also published his most recent book, The Adversary First amendment:  Free Expression and the Foundations of American Democracy in the Spring of 2013.  In 2013 Professor Redish was listed in a study conducted by William S. Hein & Company as the seventeenth most cited legal scholar of all time. He has also been consistently recognized by the Institute for Scientific Information for being among the most highly cited researchers worldwide. As a visiting professor at the University of Michigan Law School he won the L. Hart Wright Outstanding Teacher Award. He is also a three time winner of the Robert Childres Memorial Award for Teaching Excellence, a two-time winner of the First Year Course Professor Award, and winner of a variety of other teaching awards at Northwestern.

Professor Redish has appeared as an expert witness before numerous congressional committees. Most recently, he testified before the House Judiciary Committee on the need for class action reform.  In addition, he has made frequent appearances in the national media, including the Today Show, ABC and NBC National News, CNN, Court TV, CSPAN and National Public Radio.

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Areas of Expertise

  • Federal Courts
  • Civil Procedure
  • Constitutional Law
  • Freedom of Expression

Selected Publications

  • Money Talks: Speech, Economic Power, and the Values of Democracy (New York University Press, 2001).
  • The Constitution as Political Structure (Oxford University Press, 1995).
  • The Logic of Persecution: Free Expression and the McCarthy Era (Stanford University Press, 2005).

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Joint Appointments


  • AB with highest honors in political science, University of Pennsylvania
  • JD magna cum laude, Harvard University

Prior Appointments

  • Professor of Law, 1978-1990, Northwestern University School of Law
  • Stanford Clinton Sr. Research Professor, 1988-1989, Northwestern University School of Law
  • Visiting Professor, 1987-1988, University of Michigan Law School
  • Perkins-Bauer Teaching Professor of Law, 1982-1983, Northwestern University School of Law
  • Associate Professor of Law, 1976-1978, Northwestern University School of Law
  • Visiting Professor, 1977, Cornell University Law School
  • Visiting Professor, 1977(summer), Stanford Law School
  • Assistant Professor of Law, 1973-1976, Northwestern University School of Law
  • Attorney, 1971-1973, Proskauer Rose Goetz & Mendelsohn
  • Law Clerk, 1970-1971, Hon. J. Joseph Smith, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit

Recent Consulting Activities

  • Academic Counsel to Mayer, Brown LLP, on civil litigation issues
  • Consultant, Monsanto Company
  • Consultant, Enron litigation, on civil class action issues
  • Consultant, Sahara Airlines
  • Consultant, DaimlerChrysler
  • Consultant, Union Carbide
  • Consultant, Merrill Lynch Co.

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