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Harry Kalven

Born: Sep 11, 1914

Death: Oct 29, 1974

Birthplace: Chicago

Nationality: United States

Harry Kalven

Date of Birth : Sep 11, 1914
Date of Death : Oct 29, 1974
Birth Place : Chicago

Harry Kalven, Jr. was an American jurist, regarded as one of the preeminent legal scholars of the 20th century. He was the Harry A. Bigelow Professor of Law at the University of Chicago Law School. Kalven coauthored, with Charles O. Gregory, the most widely used textbook in the field of torts, "Cases and Materials on Torts." Kalven was also a leading scholar in the field of constitutional law, particularly in the area of the first amendment. Kalven is the author of a number of seminal books and articles. Kalven is the coauthor of "The Contemporary Function of the Class Suit," one of the most heavily cited articles in the history of American law, and widely considered to be the foundation of the modern class action lawsuit. He coined the term Heckler's veto.

Also known as


  • Harry Kalven Jr.

Awards Won


  • Guggenheim Fellowship for Social Sciences, US & Canada
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