Justice Thurgood Marshall Distinguished Professor of Law, University of Virginia Law School
Berthold Leibinger Fellow - Class of Fall 2021
Bertrall Ross teaches constitutional law, election law, and legislation at the University of Virginia. He was previously at the University of California – Berkeley Law School. He received his BA at the University of Colorado, Boulder, MA from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University, M.Sc from the London School of Economics, and JD from Yale Law School. Ross was a Kellis Parker Academic Fellow at Columbia Law School and has clerked for the Honorable Dorothy Nelson, of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, and the Honorable Myron Thompson, of the Middle District of Alabama. Ross’s research combines a concern with democratic responsiveness and a methodology integrating political theory and empirical social science into discussions of democratic design, legal doctrine, and the institutional role of courts. In the area of legislation, Ross explores how courts should reconcile legislative supremacy with the problem of interpreting statutes in contexts not foreseen by the enacting legislature. In election law, he examines the constitutional dimensions and the structural sources of how the poor are marginalized in the US political process.