Briefing Room


Tokaji awarded designated professorship

November 3, 2011 | Faculty

Professor Daniel P. Tokaji has been awarded the Robert M. Duncan/Jones Day Designated Professorship of Law at The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law, as recently announced by Dean Alan C. Michaels. Tokaji will be honored at a reception on Dec. 7.

A senior fellow at Election Law @ Moritz, Tokaji is an expert in election law, political equality, racial justice, and the role of the judiciary in democracy. He is co-author of the casebook Election Law: Cases and Materials, and his scholarship has spanned numerous journals, including the Michigan Law Review, the Stanford Law & Policy Review, and The Yale Law Journal.

He has litigated numerous civil rights and election law cases, including serving as lead counsel on a case that struck down an Ohio law that required naturalized citizens to produce a certificate of naturalization if challenged at the polls. He also has argued before the California Supreme Court, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth and Ninth circuits, and other state and federal courts.

A graduate of Yale Law School, Tokaji clerked for the Honorable Stephen R. Reinhardt of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and was an attorney for the American Civil Liberties Union Foundation of Southern California before coming to Moritz. He serves on the boards of the ACLU of Ohio, the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights, and the Conference of Asian Pacific American Law Faculty.

Tokaji also has appeared in numerous media outlets as an expert on election reform, voting rights, affirmative action, and free speech. Journalists from The New York Times to The Los Angeles Times to USA Today have quoted him, and television and radio outlets, such has National Public Radio, NBC Nightly News, and Good Morning America, have interviewed him.