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Alisa B. Klein


Assistant Director, Civil Division, Appellate Staff, U.S. Department of Justice, Adjunct Professor of Law

A.B., Princeton; J.D., Harvard

A.B., cum laude, Princeton; J.D., magna cum laude, Harvard. Alisa Klein is an appellate attorney in the Civil Division at the Department of Justice in...

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A.B., cum laude, Princeton; J.D., magna cum laude, Harvard. Alisa Klein is an appellate attorney in the Civil Division at the Department of Justice in Washington D.C. Following graduation from Harvard School, Professor Klein clerked first for Judge Louis H. Pollak (Eastern District of Pennsylvania), and then for Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Professor Klein has appeared in all of the federal courts of appeals, arguing nearly 100 cases. She has been heavily involved in litigation defining the scope of federal and state powers, and has defended several statutes against federalism-based challenges, including the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, the No Child Left Behind Act, the Family and Medical Leave Act, the Controlled Substances Act, the Violence Against Women Act, and the Driver's Privacy Protection Act. She has also litigated the constitutionality of state statutes that regulate in areas of concern to the national government, such as the Massachusetts Burma Act. She and co-teacher Mark Stern have published articles addressing the constitutional rationale for invalidating local sanctions against foreign trade; and the relationship between the Department of Justice and its clients.

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