Profile

  • Rakesh K. Anand
  • Professor of Law
  • Education
    • Stanford University
      A.B.
    • Yale Law School
      J.D.
Rakesh K.  Anand

Professor Anand graduated from Stanford University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science (with honors and distinction) and from Yale Law School with a Juris Doctor. After graduating from law school, he clerked for Justice Aharon Barak of the Supreme Court of Israel and subsequently spent several years as a civil litigator with Heller Ehrman White & McAuliffe in San Francisco. Before coming to Syracuse University, Professor Anand was a Visiting Associate Professor of Law at Chicago-Kent College of Law, during which time he taught classes in legal ethics and criminal law, and received the 2004 Faculty Member of the Year award.

Professor Anand’s scholarly interests lie at the intersection of legal theory and legal ethics. More specifically, Professor Anand is writing a series of papers on the “cultural study of the lawyer” (cultural study understood as a form of philosophical-anthropology). The organizing principle of this project is that law in America is a cultural practice and the national commitment thereto—to living as a community under the rule of law—gives rise to a variety of professional obligations for a lawyer, first and foremost of which is that he or she must serve We the People. This argument directly challenges conventional wisdom, which looks not to the American dedication to self-government, but to moral conscience, the adversarial process, or economic self-interest, among other things, when taking up questions of a lawyer’s ethics. A complete list of Professor Anand’s published writing can be found by clicking on the “Publications” link above. His most recent published writing can be downloaded from his SSRN author page. Those interested in a detailed introduction to the cultural study of the lawyer should read Legal Ethics, Jurisprudence, and the Cultural Study of the Lawyer, 81 Temp. L. Rev. 737 (2008).