Prof. Neal K. Katyal

Paul and Patricia Saunders Professor of National Security Law, Georgetown University Law Center

Neal Katyal is the Paul and Patricia Saunders Professor of Law at Georgetown University and a Partner at Hogan Lovells. He recently served as Acting Solicitor General of the United States (and before that Principal Deputy Solicitor General), where he argued several major Supreme Court cases involving a variety of issues, such as his successful defense of the constitutionality of the Voting Rights Act of 1965, his victorious defense of former Attorney General John Ashcroft for alleged abuses in the war on terror, his unanimous victory against 8 states who sued the nation's leading power plants for contributing to global warming, and a variety of other matters. In 2006, he won the landmark Hamdan v. Rumsfeld in the Supreme Court, a case that challenged President Bush’s Guantanamo and Geneva Convention policies. He has argued 25 cases before the U.S. Supreme Court, with 23 of them in the last 6 years. He is already expected to be arguing at least three cases in the 2015 Supreme Court Term, in the October, November, and December sittings."

Neal has served as a law professor for nearly two decades at Georgetown University Law Center, where he was one of the youngest professors to have received tenure and a chaired professorship in the university's history. He has also served as a visiting professor at both Harvard and Yale Law Schools. He is the recipient of the very highest award given to a civilian by the U.S. Department of Justice, the Edmund Randolph Award, which the Attorney General presented to him in 2011. The Chief Justice of the United States appointed him in 2011 to the Advisory Committee on Federal Appellate Rules. Additionally, he was named as One of the 40 Most Influential Lawyers of the Last Decade Nationwide by National Law Journal (2010); One of the 90 Greatest Washington Lawyers Over the Last 30 Years by Legal Times (2008); Lawyer of the Year by Lawyers USA (2006); Runner-Up for Lawyer of the Year by National Law Journal (2006); One of the Top 50 Litigators Nationwide 45 Years Old or Younger by American Lawyer (2007); and one of the top 500 lawyers in the country by LawDragon Magazine for each of the last six years. He also won the National Law Journal’s pro bono award in 2004. His articles have appeared in nearly every major national law review and newspaper. 

  • A.B., Dartmouth
  • J.D., Yale

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Publications and Multimedia
Supreme Court Preview: What Is in Store for October Term 2015? - Audio/Video
Co-Sponsored by the Faculty Division and the Practice Groups
September 30, 2015
Hot Topics in Class Action Reform: The BP Deepwater Horizon Case - Event Audio/Video
Sponsored by the Federalist Society's Practice Groups
September 09, 2014
Supreme Court Preview: What Is in Store for October Term 2013? - Event Audio/Video
Co-sponsored by the Practice Groups and the Faculty Division
October 04, 2013
Federalism and Federal Power - Event Audio/Video
2012 National Lawyers Convention
November 19, 2012
National Federation of Independent Business v. Sebelius - Post-Decision SCOTUScast
SCOTUScast 07-10-12 featuring Randy Barnett and Neal Katyal
July 10, 2012
Power and Constraint: The Accountable Presidency After 9/11 - Event Video
Faculty Division and the American Enterprise Institute
March 21, 2012
Obamacare in the Supreme Court - Event Audio/Video
Federalism & Separation of Powers Practice Group
March 20, 2012
The War on Terror: Where Are We Now? Where Do We Go from Here? - Event Audio/Video
International & National Security Law Practice Group
January 27, 2010
Second Look Doctrines - Event Audio/Video
2008 National Lawyers Convention - "The People and the Judiciary"
November 22, 2008
The War on Terrorism and Specialized Courts - Event Audio/Video
Chicago Lawyers Chapter and International & National Security Law Practice Group
May 12, 2008