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Ilya Shapiro is a senior fellow in constitutional studies at the Cato Institute and editor-in-chief of the Cato Supreme Court Review. Before joining Cato, he was a special assistant/adviser to the Multi-National Force in Iraq on rule-of-law issues and practiced at Patton Boggs and Cleary Gottlieb.

Shapiro is the co-author of Religious Liberties for Corporations? Hobby Lobby, the Affordable Care Act, and the Constitution (2014). He has contributed to a variety of academic, popular, and professional publications, including the Wall Street Journal, Harvard Journal of Law & Public Policy, Los Angeles Times, USA Today, Weekly Standard, New York Times Online, and National Review Online. He also regularly provides commentary for various media outlets, including CNN, Fox News, ABC, CBS, NBC, Univision and Telemundo, the Colbert Report, and NPR.

Shapiro has testified before Congress and state legislatures and, as coordinator of Cato’s amicus brief program, filed more than 150 “friend of the court” briefs in the Supreme Court, including one The Green Bag selected for its “Exemplary Legal Writing” collection. He lectures regularly on behalf of the Federalist Society, is a member of the Legal Studies Institute’s board of visitors at The Fund for American Studies, was an inaugural Washington Fellow at the National Review Institute and a Lincoln Fellow at the Claremont Institute, and has been an adjunct professor at the George Washington University Law School. In 2015 National Law Journal named him to its list of 40 “rising stars” in the legal community.

Before entering private practice, Shapiro clerked for Judge E. Grady Jolly of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. He holds an AB from Princeton University, an MSc from the London School of Economics, and a JD from the University of Chicago Law School (where he became a Tony Patiño Fellow).

More from Ilya Shapiro


Much Hangs in the Balance in Teachers vs. Union Case

Orange County Register. January 24, 2016.

Ted Cruz’s Canadian Play January 17, 2016.

Mandatory Union Dues Trample First Amendment

Orange County Register. January 9, 2016.


La Corte è Davvero Suprema

LIMES. April 2015.

Hobby Lobby and the Future of Freedom

National Affairs. No. 23. Spring 2015.

Truthiness and the First Amendment

Journal of Constitutional Law Heightened Scrutiny. Vol. 16. May 2014.

Public Filings

Arlene’s Flowers v. Washington

Legal Briefs. February 4, 2016.

United Student Funds v. Bible

Legal Briefs. February 3, 2016.

Resource Investment, Inc. v. United States

Legal Briefs. January 19, 2016.

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