MacArthur Fellows Program

David Rudovsky

Civil Rights Lawyer | Class of 1986

Civil Rights Lawyer
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
43 at time of award
Published August 1, 1986

David Rudovsky is an attorney who teaches and practices law in the areas of civil liberties, civil rights, and criminal justice.

His work concerns the protection of the constitutional rights of individuals and groups.  Rudovsky’s litigation, writing, and teaching have centered on the issues of governmental misconduct, discrimination issues, the abuse of police power, prisoners’ rights, and governmental surveillance.  He has litigated some of the major cases in these areas, including Jackson v. Hendricks, a suit in which the Philadelphia prison system was declared unconstitutional.  He is the author of The Law of Arrest: Search and Seizure in Pennsylvania (2d ed., 2003) and the co-author of Police Misconduct: Law and Litigation (3d ed., 1999), The Rights of Prisoners (1989), Criminal Law in Pennsylvania (1990), Human Rights in Northern Ireland (1991), and Criminal Law in Pennsylvania (2001).

Rudovsky is a founding partner in the civil rights and criminal law practice of Kairys, Rudovsky, Epstein & Messing and is a senior fellow at the University of Pennsylvania Law School, where he teaches courses in constitutional criminal procedure and evidence.

Rudovsky received a B.A. (1964) from Queens College, City University of New York, and an L.L.B. (1967) from the New York University Law School.

Last updated January 1, 2005.

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