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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 international, political, commercial, and antitrust litigation 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 (Palgrave Pivot 2014). He has contributed to a variety of academic, popular, and professional publications, including the Wall Street Journal, Harvard Journal of Law and Public Policy, L.A. Times, USA Today, National Law Journal, 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 provided testimony to Congress and state legislatures and, as coordinator of Cato’s amicus brief program, filed more than 100 “friend of the court” briefs in the Supreme Court. He lectures regularly on behalf of the Federalist Society and other groups, 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 has been an adjunct professor at the George Washington University Law School.

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). Shapiro is a member of the bars of New York, the District of Columbia, and the U.S. Supreme Court.

More from Ilya Shapiro


The Supreme Court Must Preserve Voter Equality

TribTalk. August 11, 2015.

The Voting Rights Act Is a Grand Success!

Washington Examiner. August 6, 2015.

Rikers Island Is the New Hell

The Daily Beast. August 6, 2015.


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

Center for Competitive Politics v. Harris

Legal Briefs. September 1, 2015.

Brown v. Buhman

Legal Briefs. August 28, 2015.

Luis v. United States

Legal Briefs. August 25, 2015.

Cato Reviews & Journals

Ohio’s Truth Ministry vs. Cato’s Truthiness Brief

Supreme Court Review. 2013-2014.


Supreme Court Review. 2013-2014.


Supreme Court Review. Fall 2014.


14th Annual Constitution Day

September 17, 2015. Conference.

The Conservatarian Manifesto

July 14, 2015. Book Forum.

In the Wake of King v. Burwell: Options for Congress

July 9, 2015. Capitol Hill Briefing.