Richard L. Hasen
Chancellor's Professor of Law and Political Science
Election Law, Legislation, Remedies, and Torts
Professor Richard L. Hasen is Chancellor’s Professor of Law and Political Science at the University of California, Irvine. Hasen is a nationally recognized expert in election law and campaign finance regulation, and is co-author of a leading casebook on election law.
From 2001-2010, he served (with Dan Lowenstein) as founding co-editor of the quarterly peer-reviewed publication, Election Law Journal. He is the author of over 100 articles on election law issues, published in numerous journals including the Harvard Law Review, Stanford Law Review and Supreme Court Review. He was elected to The American Law Institute in 2009 and serves as an Adviser on ALI’s ongoing law reform project, Principles of Election Law: Resolution of Election Disputes.
Professor Hasen was named one of the 100 most influential lawyers in America by The National Law Journal in 2013.
His op-eds and commentaries have appeared in many publications, including The New York Times, The Washington Post, Politico, and Slate. Hasen also writes the often-quoted Election Law Blog, which the ABA Journal named to its “Blawg 100 Hall of Fame” in 2015. His newest book, Plutocrats United: Campaign Money, the Supreme Court, and the Distortion of American Elections, was published in 2016 by Yale University Press.
Professor Hasen holds a B.A. degree (with highest honors) from UC Berkeley, and a J.D., M.A., and Ph.D. (Political Science) from UCLA. After law school, Hasen clerked for the Honorable David R. Thompson of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, and then worked as a civil appellate lawyer at the Encino firm Horvitz and Levy.
From 1994-1997, Hasen taught at the Chicago-Kent College of Law and from 1998-2011 he taught at Loyola Law School, Los Angeles, where he was named the William H. Hannon Distinguished Professor of Law in 2005. He joined the UC Irvine School of Law faculty in July 2011, and is a faculty member of the UC Irvine Center for the Study of Democracy.
Current Courses:Common Law Analysis: Torts, Remedies
Common Law Analysis: Torts, Campaign Finance: Law, Politics, and Policy (undergraduate), Common Law Analysis-Public Ordering (Torts), Election Law, Remedies, Legislation/Statutory Interpretation, Contracts
- Daniel Hays Lowenstein, Richard L. Hasen & Daniel P. Tokaji, Election Law: Cases and Materials (5th ed. Supp. 2016).
Richard L. Hasen, End of the Dialogue? Political Polarization, the Supreme Court, and Congress, 86 S. Cal. L. Rev. 205 (2013).
Richard L. Hasen, Is “Dependence Corruption” Distinct from a Political Equality Argument for Campaign Finance Laws? A Reply to Professor Lessig, 12 Election L.J. 305 (2013).
Richard L. Hasen, Political Dysfunction and Constitutional Change, 61 Drake L. Rev. 989 (2013).
Richard L. Hasen, The 2012 Voting Wars, Judicial Backstops, and the Resurrection of Bush v. Gore, 81 Geo. Wash. L. Rev. 1865 (2013).
Richard L. Hasen, The Next Citizens United? The Campaign Finance Case at the Supreme Court Next Week Will Be Big—or Huge, Slate (Sept. 30, 2013), http://www.slate.com/articles/news_and_politics/ jurisprudence/2013/09/ campaign_finance_at_the_supreme_court_ is_mccutcheon_v_fec_the_next_citizens.html.
Richard L. Hasen, Holder’s Texas-Size Gambit: Will It Save the Voting Rights Act?, Nat’l L.J. (Aug. 5, 2013), http://www.nationallawjournal.com/id=1202613130666?id=1202613130666&rss=rss_nlj.
Richard L. Hasen, Will the GOP's North Carolina End Run Backfire?, The Daily Beast (July 24, 2013), http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2013/07/24/will-the-gop-s-north-carolina-end-run-backfire.html.
Richard L. Hasen, Court Due to Make a Second Trip Down the Aisle, Reuters (July 16, 2013), http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/2013/07/15/court-due-to-make-second-trip-down-the-aisle/.
Richard L. Hasen, Are the Liberal Justices Savvy or Suckers?, Slate (July 1, 2013), http://www.slate.com/articles/news_and_politics/ jurisprudence/2013/07/are_the_liberals_on_the_supreme_ court_savvy_or_suckers.html.
Richard L. Hasen, The Chief Justice's Long Game, N.Y. Times (June 25, 2013), http://www.nytimes.com/2013/06/26/ opinion/the-chief-justices-long-game.html?mtrref=undefined&gwh=C592EA694A8709F5 AD587DBC05491944&gwt=pay&assetType=opinion.
Richard L. Hasen, What's Taking the Supreme Court So Long?, The Daily Beast (June 21, 2013), http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2013/06/21/what-s-taking-the-supreme-court-so-long.html.
Richard L. Hasen, The Supreme Court Gives States New Weapons in the Voting Wars, The Daily Beast (June 17, 2013), http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2013/06/17/the-supreme-court-gives-states-new-weapons-in-the-voting-wars.html.
Richard L. Hasen, A Constitutional Right to Lie in Campaigns and Elections?, 74 Mont. L. Rev. 53 (2013).
Richard L. Hasen, It's About Disclosure, Stupid, Slate (May 14, 2013), http://www.slate.com/articles/news_and_politics/ jurisprudence/2013/05/the_irs_tea_party_scandal_the_lesson_ is_better_campaign_finance_disclosure.html.
Richard L. Hasen, Same-Sex Marriage: Court on the Couch, Reuters (Mar. 26, 2013), http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/2013/03/26/same-sex-marriage-court-on-the-couch/.
Richard L. Hasen, The Voting Wars Within: Is the Department of Justice Too Biased to Enforce the Voting Rights Act?, Slate (Mar. 18, 2013), http://www.slate.com/articles/news_and_politics/politics/ 2013/03/justice_department_s_inspector_general_report_is_the_ voting_rights_section.html.
Richard L. Hasen, Who Controls Voting Rights?, Reuters (Feb. 26, 2013), http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/2013/02/26/who-controls-voting-rights/.
Richard L. Hasen, After Scalia: Don’t Give Up on Campaign Finance Reform, However Hopeless It Seems Now, Slate (Feb. 21, 2013), http://www.slate.com/articles/news_and_politics/ jurisprudence/2013/02/campaign_finance_reform_when_ scalia_leaves_the_supreme_court.html.
Richard L. Hasen, If the Court Strikes Section 5 of Voting Rights Act,” Reuters (Jan. 30, 2013), http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/2013/01/30/if-the-court-strikes-section-5-of-voting-rights-act/.
Richard L. Hasen, Democrats, Don’t Freak Out! Why Fears that Republicans Will Gerrymander the Electoral College Are Overblown, Slate (Jan. 25, 2013), http://www.slate.com/articles/ news_and_politics/politics/2013/01/republican_plans_for_electoral_ college_reform_democrats_shouldn_t_worry.html.
- March 6, 2017:
Lecturer, “Race or Party, Party as Race, or Party All the Time: Three Uneasy Approaches to Conjoined Polarization in Redistricting and Voting Cases,” Jack W. Peltason Center for the Study of Democracy, UC Irvine School of Social Sciences
- Sept. 28, 2016:
Speaker, “Rigged, Hacked, or Stolen? Myths and Realities About Election 2016,” Guest Speaker Series, UC Irvine School of Law
- Sept. 24, 2016:
Panelist, "Voting Rights and Wrongs" at Sixth Annual Texas Tribune Festival, University of Texas at Austin
- Sept. 10, 2016:
Keynote speaker, 12th Annual Constitution Day Conference, Ronald Reagan Presidential Library
- July 21, 2016:
Organizer/Moderator, 6th annual Supreme Court Term in Review, UC Irvine
- May 12, 2016:
Panelist, Discussion of Money In Politics, hosted by KPCC and First Amendment Coalition, Pasadena
- May 5, 2016:
Speaker, with Trevor Potter, "Plutocrats United: Campaign Money, the Supreme Court, and the Distortion of American Elections," Washington, DC
- January–May 2016:
Plutocrats United Book Tour and Talks, various locations across United States
- July 10, 2014:
Organizer/Moderator, 4th Annual Supreme Court Term in Review Program, UCI Law
- Jan. 28, 2014:
Speaker at Orange County Bar Association seminar “Voting Rights Under Fire? The Value of a Vote Post-Shelby County,” Newport Beach
- Jan. 25, 2014:
Panelist, “Has the United States Supreme Court killed California’s initiative process or helped check its abuses?,” The Federalist Society 2014 Annual Western Chapters Conference, Ronald Reagan Presidential Library
- July 19, 2013:
Organizer/Moderator, 3rd Annual Supreme Court Term in Review Program, UCI Law
- April 6, 2013:
Presenter at “The U.S. Constitution and Political Dysfunction: Is There a Connection?” symposium at Drake Law
- Oct. 23, 2012:
Speaker, Guest Speaker Series, UCI Law
- Sept. 14, 2012:
Organizer, Election Law Symposium, UCI Law
- July 17, 2012:
Organizer/Moderator, 2nd Annual Supreme Court Term in Review Program, UCI Law
- July 13, 2012:
Organizer/Moderator, First Annual Supreme Court Term in Review Program, UCI Law
- Daily Journal: Prof. Hasen named to list of “Top 100 Lawyers in California” (PDF)
- The National Law Journal: Prof. Hasen named to 100 Most Influential Lawyers list
- Talking Points Memo: Prof. Hasen comments on "sleeper" proof-of-citizenship case
- Los Angeles Times: Prof. Hasen comments on problems at Justice Department
- Fox News: Study by Prof. Hasen shows growing power of Supreme Court
- The National Law Journal: Prof. Hasen weighs high court options on Voting Rights Act
- OC Weekly: New Pryke Chair, Dean Chemerinsky and Prof. Hasen noted in news roundup
- NPR: Prof. Hasen comments on upcoming campaign finance case to be heard by Supreme Court
- The New York Times: Prof. Hasen comments on campaign donation limits
- Thomson Reuters: Story on campaign finance case quotes Prof. Hasen
- Politico: Prof. Hasen on Supreme Court and campaign donation limits
- Roll Call: Prof. Hasen comments on Obama's election initiative
- Rachel Maddow Show: Prof. Hasen discusses election reform on Maddow show (video: 12:00)
- The Nation: Prof. Hasen quoted in story on Voting Rights Act
- Politico: Prof. Hasen comments on Obama’s new lobbying efforts
- The National Law Journal: Prof. Hasen on lawsuits after Citizens United decision
- Politico: Prof. Hasen comments on new version of Obama campaign
- The Wall Street Journal: Prof. Hasen on political-giving disclosure suit against Qualcomm