Neomi Rao

Associate Professor of Law

B.A., Yale University; J.D., University of Chicago Law School

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  • Phone: 703-993-8097
  • Office: Room 415, Hazel Hall, Arlington Campus
  • Address: George Mason University School of Law
    3301 Fairfax Dr. Arlington, VA 22201

Biographical Sketch

Associate Professor of Law Neomi Rao teaches courses in constitutional law and legislation and statutory interpretation. Her research focuses on structural constitutional law, executive power, and administrative law, as well as international law. Her analysis of the use of dignity in constitutional law has been widely cited in the United States and abroad.

Professor Rao’s academic work is informed by her service in all three branches of the federal government. Prior to joining the Law School in 2006, she 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. She clerked for Judge J. Harvie Wilkinson III on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit and for Justice Clarence Thomas on the U.S. Supreme Court. She was a visiting professor at the University of Minnesota Law School in fall 2013.

Professor Rao received her J.D. with high honors from the University of Chicago Law School and her B.A. from Yale University. Professor Rao is a member of the Virginia State Bar and a Qualified Solicitor of England and Wales. She is a frequent commentator in print and broadcast media, with editorials appearing in the Wall Street Journal and guest blogs at the Volokh Conspiracy and Opinio Juris. She testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee on the Nomination of Justice Sonia Sotomayor.