Prof. Steven G. Calabresi

Clayton J. and Henry R. Barber Professor of Law, Northwestern University School of Law

Steven G. Calabresi is a Professor of Law at Northwestern University and is a graduate of the Yale Law School (1983) and of Yale College (1980).  Professor Calabresi was a Scholar in Residence at Harvard Law School from 2003 to 2005, and he has been a Visiting Professor of Political Science at Brown University since 2010.  Professor Calabresi was also a Visiting Professor at Yale Law School in the Fall of 2013.  Professor Calabresi served as a Law Clerk to Justice Antonin Scalia of the United States Supreme Court, and he also clerked for U.S. Court of Appeals Judges Robert H. Bork and Ralph K. Winter.  From 1985 to 1990, he served in the Reagan and first Bush Administrations working both in the West Wing of the Reagan White House and before that in the U.S. Department of Justice. In 1982, Professor Calabresi co-founded The Federalist Society for Law & Public Policy Studies, a national organization of conservative and libertarian lawyers and law students, and he currently serves as the Chairman of the Society’s Board of Directors – a position he has held since 1986.  Since joining the Northwestern Faculty in 1990, he has published more than sixty articles and comments in every prominent law review in the country.  He is the author with Christopher S. Yoo of The Unitary Executive:  Presidential Power from Washington to Bush (Yale University Press 2008); and he is also a co-author with Professors Michael McConnell, Michael Stokes Paulsen, and Samuel Bray of The Constitution of the United States (2nd ed. Foundation Press 2013), a constitutional law casebook. Professor Calabresi has taught Constitutional Law I and II; Federal Jurisdiction; Comparative Law; Comparative Constitutional Law; Administrative Law; Antitrust; a seminar on Privatization; and several other seminars on topics in constitutional law.

  • BA cum laude, Yale University
  • JD, Yale University

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Publications and Multimedia
Young Legal Scholars Paper Presentations - Event Audio/Video
16th Annual Faculty Conference
January 09, 2014
Judge Robert H. Bork: His Life and Legacy - Podcast
Federalism & Separation of Powers Practice Group and Litigation Practice Group Podcast
June 03, 2013
The Constitutionality of the Individual Mandate - Event Audio/Video
13th Annual Faculty Conference
January 07, 2011
Free Enterprise Fund v. Public Company Accounting Oversight Board - Post-Decision SCOTUScast
SCOTUScast 07-13-10 featuring Steven G. Calabresi
July 13, 2010
McDonald v. City of Chicago - Post-Decision SCOTUScast
SCOTUScast 07-02-2010 featuring Steven G. Calabresi
July 02, 2010
McDonald v. City of Chicago – Post-Argument Debate SCOTUScast
SCOTUScast 03-03-10 featuring J. Gordon Hylton, Clark Neily, & Steven G. Calabresi
March 03, 2010
SCOTUScast 6-15-09 featuring Steven Calabresi
Free Enterprise Fund v. Public Company Accounting Oversight Board
June 15, 2009
Is the Separation of Powers Principle Exportable? - Event Audio
2009 Annual Student Symposium
February 27, 2009
Address by Mark Steyn - Audio/Video
2008 National Lawyers Convention
November 21, 2008
Supreme Court Term
Online Debate
June 27, 2008
25th Anniversary Gala - Event Audio/Video
2007 National Lawyers Convention
November 15, 2007
25th Anniversary Tribute Video
2007 National Lawyers Convention
November 15, 2007
Online Debate
July 26, 2007
Judicial Philosophy/Originalism-The Tempting of America: The Political Seduction of the Law - Event Video
A Conference Discussing the Contributions of Judge Robert H. Bork
June 26, 2007
Law and Culture- Slouching Towards Gomorrah: Modern Liberalism and American Decline - Event Video
A Conference Discussing the Contributions of Judge Robert H. Bork
June 26, 2007
SCOTUScast 6-26-07 featuring Steven Calabresi
Hein v. Freedom From Religion Foundation
June 26, 2007
Government Promotion of Moral Issues - Event Audio/Video
2007 Annual Student Symposium
February 24, 2007
2007 Student Symposium Opening Remarks - Event Audio/Video
2007 Annual Student Symposium
February 23, 2007
2006 National Lawyers Convention Annual Dinner - Event Video
2006 National Lawyers Convention
November 16, 2006
Pirates We Be
May 14, 2003