A former Rotary and Marshall scholar, Eric Rakowski clerked for Judge Harry T. Edwards of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit and for Justice William J. Brennan Jr. of the U.S. Supreme Court. He worked as a tax attorney at Davis Polk & Wardwell before joining the Boalt faculty in 1990.
Rakowski is the author of Equal Justice (1991). He writes mainly on issues relating to taxation, distributive justice, health care, and moral philosophy. He was a visiting professor at Harvard Law School during the 1998-99 academic year and was named a UC Berkeley Chancellor's Professor for 1998-2001.