Harry Litman received his Bachelor’s degree from Harvard University and his J.D. from the University of California, Berkeley.
After graduating law school, Litman served as a law clerk to Judge Abner Mikva (U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit) and to Supreme Court Justices Thurgood Marshall and Anthony Kennedy from 1988-1989. Following his clerkships, he became the U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of California. He worked on many cases, including the federal prosecution of the Los Angeles police officers in the Rodney King case. From 1993-1998, Litman served as Deputy Assistant Attorney General in the Office of Policy Development at the Department of Justice. Appointed by former President Bill Clinton, Litman became the U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Pennsylvania in 1998.
He is currently the Legal Affairs columnist for the Los Angeles Times op-ed page; previously he was a contributor columnist for the Washington Post. He is a regular commentator on MSNBC, CNN, CBS, and Fox News.
Litman currently teaches constitutional law at the University of California, Los Angeles and the University of California at San Diego Department of Political Science. He practices law with Constantine Cannon, specializing in the False Claims Act. He is the creator of “The Talking Feds” podcast, roundtable discussion with former government officials, journalists, and politicians about current legal and political issues.