Associate Professor of Law
B.A., Yale University; J.D., University of Chicago Law School
ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR OF LAW NEOMI RAO teaches constitutional law, comparative constitutional law, and legislation. Her main research interests are in comparative constitutional law and jurisprudence.
Prior to joining the Law School in 2006, Professor Rao served as Associate Counsel and Special Assistant to President George W. Bush. Professor Rao also served as counsel to the United States Senate Committee on the Judiciary, where she was responsible for judicial nominations and constitutional law issues. In between government service, Professor Rao practiced in the London office of Clifford Chance LLP, specializing in public international law and commercial arbitration. Professor Rao received her J.D. with high honors from the University of Chicago, and her B.A. from Yale University. She clerked for Judge J. Harvie Wilkinson III of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit and for Justice Clarence Thomas of the U.S. Supreme Court. Professor Rao is a member of the Virginia State Bar and a Qualified Solicitor of England and Wales.
Professor Rao testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee on the Nomination of Justice Sonia Sotomayor and is a regular commentator in print and broadcast media.