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 Pritzker 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, Judicial Independence and the American Constitution: A Democratic Paradox (Stanford; 2017) as “the foremost scholar and theorist of American judicial independence,” Professor Redish is the author or co-author of more than 100 articles and 17 books. Stanford University Press published his book, The Adversary First Amendment: Free Expression and the Foundations of American Democracy, in 2013, and his book, Wholesale Justice: Constitutional Democracy and the Problem of the Class Action Lawsuit, in 2009.  

In 2016 Professor Redish was listed in a study conducted by William S. Hein & Company as the thirteenth most cited legal scholar of all time. He was included in a list of the top 20 legal scholars for impact on judicial decision making in a 2016 study conducted by St. Thomas University Law School. 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 Childress 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, Public Television, and National Public Radio. In March 2017 he authored an op-ed published in the New York Times on the relationship between the presidency and the judiciary. 

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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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