Professor Schlanger received her J.D. in 1993 from Yale, where she was Book Reviews Editor of the Yale Law Journal and received the Vinson Prize for excellence in clinical casework. She then took up a two-year appointment as Law Clerk for Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg (1993-1995). From 1995 through 1998, she was an attorney in the Special Litigation Section of the Department of Justice Civil Rights Division, where her practice focused on police and prison civil rights issues. Before her appointment at Wash. U., she was Assistant Professor of Law at Harvard from 1998 to 2004. Professor Schlanger is a leading authority on prisons and inmate litigation; in addition to her teaching and research in this field, she is currently a member of the Commission on Safety and Abuse in America's Prisons. She also runs the Civil Rights Litigation Clearinghouse.
Her recent scholarship is interdisciplinary in its perspective and often includes an empirical component. For illustrative articles see "Civil Rights Injunctions Over Time: A Case Study of Jail and Prison Court Orders," 81 N.Y.U. L. Rev. 550 (2006), and "Inmate Litigation," 116 Harv. L. Rev. 1555 (2003). In 2006-07, Professor Schlanger is teaching Individual Rights & the Constitution, and a seminar on Civil Rights Injunctions; she often teaches Torts and a class on the Constitutional Law of Incarceration.