Choper, Jesse H.

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CHOPER, JESSE H. (1935– ), U.S. legal scholar. Born in Wilkes-Barre, Pa., and a graduate of Wilkes University and the University of Pennsylvania law school, Choper served as a law clerk to Chief Justice Earl Warren of the United States Supreme Court. He joined the Boalt Hall School of Law at the University of California at Berkeley in 1965 and served as its dean from 1982 to 1992. He became Earl Warren Professor of Public Law.

As an author, lecturer, and educator, Choper has been an influential figure in the law for more than three decades. He delivered 20 titled lectures at major universities throughout the United States and served on the executive committee of the Association of American Law Schools and as vice president of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

His major publications include Judicial Review and the National Political Process: A Functional Reconsideration of the Role of the Supreme Court (1980) and Securing Religious Liberty: Principles for Judicial Interpretation of the Religion Clauses (1995). Later publications include the ninth edition of Constitutional Law casebooks; the sixth edition of his Corporations casebook; and the second edition of The Supreme Court and Its Justices.

[Stewart Kampel (2nd ed.)]