Stephen Pevar

Visiting Lecturer in Law

(spring term)


Stephen Pevar is a Visiting Lecturer in Law at Yale Law School. He is a Senior Staff Attorney in the ACLU’s Racial Justice Program and has been on the ACLU’s national legal staff since 1976. Pevar specializes in Indian and tribal rights, prisoners’ rights, free speech of public employees, and the separation of church and state

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Stephen Pevar

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Education & Curriculum Vitae


J.D., University of Virginia School of Law, 1971

A.B., Princeton University, 1968

Courses Taught


  • American Indian Law

Stephen Pevar is a Visiting Lecturer in Law at Yale Law School. He is a Senior Staff Attorney in the ACLU’s Racial Justice Program and has been on the ACLU’s national legal staff since 1976. Pevar specializes in Indian and tribal rights, prisoners’ rights, free speech of public employees, and the separation of church and state. He has litigated some 200 federal cases involving constitutional rights, including cases in more than 10 different Federal District Courts, three different U.S. Courts of Appeals, and one case in the U.S. Supreme Court. From 1971 to 1974, he was a staff attorney with South Dakota Legal Services on the Rosebud Sioux Indian Reservation.

In addition to his work with the ACLU, Pevar wrote The Rights of Indians and Tribes (Oxford University Press, 2012). He has served as an adjunct professor at the University of Denver School of Law, the University of Connecticut School of Law, and New York University School of Law.