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Ilya Shapiro

Senior Fellow in Constitutional Studies, Cato Institute

IIlya 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/advisor 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 has contributed to a variety of academic, popular, and professional publications, including the Wall Street Journal, Harvard Journal of Law & Public Policy, L.A. Times, USA Today, National Law Journal, Weekly Standard, New York Times Online, and National Review Online, and from 2004 to 2007 wrote the “Dispatches from Purple America” column for TCS He also regularly provides commentary for various media outlets, including CNN, Fox News, ABC, CBS, NBC, Univision and Telemundo, The Colbert Report, NPR, and American Public Media’s Marketplace. 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, while living in Mississippi and traveling around the Deep South. He holds an A.B. from Princeton University, an M.Sc. from the London School of Economics, and a J.D. 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. He is a native speaker of English and Russian, is fluent in Spanish and French, and is proficient in Italian and Portuguese.


  • A.B., Princeton University
  • M.Sc., London School of Economics
  • J.D., University of Chicago

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Is Campaign Finance Law Dead?
The New Jersey Lawyers Chapter
April 29, 2014
President Obama vs. The Constitution
The New Orleans Lawyers Chapter
May 2, 2014


Mount Holly v. Mt. Holly Gardens Citizens in Action, Inc. - Post-Decision SCOTUScast
SCOTUScast 1-6-14 featuring Ilya Shapiro
January 6, 2014
Mt. Holly Settlement - Podcast
Civil Rights Practice Group Podcast
November 25, 2013
Anti-discrimination and Individual Liberties: Elane Photography v. Willock - Podcast
Civil Rights and Religious Liberties Practice Groups Podcast
September 11, 2013
Sekhar v. United States - Post-Decision SCOTUScast
SCOTUScast 7-23-13 featuring Ilya Shapiro
July 23, 2013
Redistricting Litigation Update - Podcast
Civil Rights Practice Group Podcast
April 2, 2012
Perry v. Perez - Post-Decision SCOTUScast
SCOTUScast 02-03-12 featuring Ilya Shapiro
February 3, 2012
The Impact of Judicial Activism on the Moral Character of Citizens
Engage Volume 12, Issue 2, September 2011
September 12, 2011
United States v. Comstock - Post-Decision Debate SCOTUScast
SCOTUScast 05-25-10 featuring Stephen R. McAllister, Ilya Shapiro, & Erin Sheley
May 25, 2010
United States v. Comstock - Post-Argument Debate SCOTUScast
SCOTUScast 05-03-10 featuring Stephen R. McAllister, Ilya Shapiro, & Erin Sheley
May 3, 2010
SCOTUScast 7-15-09 featuring Ilya Shapiro
Safford Unified School District v. Redding
July 15, 2009

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