Senior Fellow, University of Pennsylvania School of Law

David Rudovsky is a founding partner of Kairys, Rudovsky, Messing & Feinberg, LLP. He has practiced in the civil rights and criminal defense fields for forty-five years, including cases on police and governmental misconduct, prisoners’ rights, first amendment freedoms, and racial discrimination. He has argued two significant civil rights cases in the United States Supreme Court: Mitchell v. Forsyth (1985) (immunity of Attorney General for illegal electronic surveillance) and City of Canton v. Harris (1989) (liability of municipalities for civil rights violations by police) and has litigated hundreds of other civil rights and criminal cases in state and federal trial and appellate courts. Since 1987, Mr. Rudovsky has been a Senior Fellow at the University of Pennsylvania School of Law where he teaches courses in Constitutional Criminal Procedure, Criminal Law, and Evidence. He has been selected by the student body as the Law School’s Best Teacher four times. Mr. Rudovsky has written a number of practice books for civil rights and criminal cases. These include Police Misconduct: Law & Litigation and The Law of Arrest, Search and Seizure in Pennsylvania. In addition, he has written a number of scholarly articles in law reviews on civil rights and the criminal justice system. In 1986, Mr. Rudovsky was a recipient of the MacArthur Foundation Fellowship for his work in Criminal Justice.