Pamela Karlan

Pamela Karlan

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Updated On September 27, 2022

Pamela Karlan is an American productive scholar and an award-winning teacher. Pamela Karlan is the principal deputy assistant attorney general of the Justice Civil Rights Division.

Early Life

Pamela Karlan was born Pamela Susan Karlan in February 1959. She was born in America and holds an American nationality. She is presently 63 years old and her birth sign is Capricorn. There is no other information related to early life.

Moreover, she achieved her B.A. degree in history from Yale University in 1980. And, she also earned an M.A. degree in history and a J.D. degree in the year 1984. Similarly, at ‘Yale Law School’, she served as an article and book reviews editor of the ‘Yale Law Journal.’

After graduation, from 1984 to 1985, she served as a law clerk for former U.S.District Judge, Abraham David Sofaer. Pamela went on to clerk for U.S. Supreme Court Justice Harry Blackmun the following year. Moreover, in a 1995 oral history with Harold Koh, Blackmun revealed that his dissent in Bowers v. Hardwick had been written primarily by Karlan. Therefore, he stated that Karlan

“did a lot of very effective writing, and I owe a lot to her and her ability in getting that dissent out. She felt very strongly about it, and I think is correct in her approach to it. I think the dissent is correct.”

Pamela Karlan

Caption: Pamela Karlan clicking a photo. Source: Knight


Pamela is the principal deputy assistant attorney general in the United States Department of Justice Civil Rights Division. From 1986 to 1988, she worked as an assistant counsel at the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund.

Likewise, she coached law at the University of Virginia School of Law from 1988 to 1998. There, she won the All-University Outstanding Teaching Award in 1995–96. And, in 1997, she also won the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia’s Outstanding Faculty Award.

Similarly, in the year 1998, she joined the faculty of Stanford Law School. And, Pamela is the school’s Kenneth and Harle Montgomery Professor of Public Interest Law. Pamela co-founded the Stanford Supreme Court Litigation Clinic in 2004. Through it, students litigate live cases before the U.S. Supreme Court. Moreover, in the year 2002, she won the school’s prestigious John Bingham Hurlbut Award for Excellence in Teaching.


Karlan along with other law professors, Noah Feldman, Michael Gerhardt, and Jonathan Turley, testified before the House Judiciary Committee regarding the constitutional grounds for presidential impeachment in the Impeachment inquiry of President Donald Trump on December 4, 2019. Therefore, she made a controversial statement delivered during the December 2019, impeachment hearing of President Trump,

“Contrary to what President Trump has said, Article 2 does not give him the power to do anything he wants”, noting that “The Constitution says there can be no titles of nobility, so while the president can name his son Barron, he can’t make him a baron.”

Afterward, Pamela apologized. Further, she is a member of the ‘American Academy of Arts and Sciences,’ the ‘American Academy of Appellate Lawyers,’ and the ‘American Law Institute.’ Furthermore, Facebook appointed her to its content oversight board on May 6, 2020. And, from which she resigned in February 2021 to join the Biden administration as Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General at the Civil Rights Division of the Department of Justice.

Pamela Karlan

Caption: Pamela Karlan while giving speeches. Source: New York Post

Personal Life

Pamela is married to Viola Canales. And, Viola is a Lecturer in Law at Stanford Law School as well as a writer who has published two novels. In the year 2009, Pamela stated to Politico, “It’s no secret at all that I’m counted among the LGBT crowd”. Therefore, she has expressed herself as an example of a “snarky, bisexual, Jewish woman”.

There is no information about her past relationships. Also, she has not revealed if she has kids or not in the public. However, she is living a happy life at the moment.

Body Measurements

Pamela is a gorgeous woman. She has a slim and lean body figure. Also, she has a decent height and a decent weight that suits her body figure. But, the measurements are not publicly announced. However, she has a pair of eyes, and her eyes are also brown. Moreover, she wears spectacles.

Pamela Karlan

Caption: Pamela Karlan posing for a photo. Source: Law

Social Media and Net Worth

Unfortunately, she is not active socially. Therefore, she doesn’t have an account on Instagram, Twitter, or any other social media platforms.

Pamela surely earns a handsome amount of money through her profession. As per some online sources, her net worth as of 2021 is $6 million.

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