The Federalist Society

Prof. Nicholas Quinn Rosenkranz

Professor of Law, Georgetown University Law Center

Nicholas Quinn Rosenkranz is a Professor of Law at Georgetown and a Senior Fellow in Constitutional Studies at the Cato Institute. He teaches and writes about constitutional law and federal jurisdiction, and he is currently developing a new theory of constitutional interpretation and judicial review. The first installment, entitled The Subjects of the Constitution, was published in the Stanford Law Review in May of 2010, and it is the single most downloaded article about constitutional interpretation, judicial review, or federal courts in the history of SSRN. The second installment, The Objects of the Constitution, was published in May of 2011, also in the Stanford Law Review. And the comprehensive version is forthcoming as a book by Oxford University Press.

Rosenkranz has served and advised the federal government in a variety of capacities. He clerked for Judge Frank H. Easterbrook on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit (1999-2000) and for Justice Anthony M. Kennedy at the U.S. Supreme Court (October Term 2001). He served as an Attorney-Advisor at the Office of Legal Counsel in the U.S. Department of Justice (November 2002 - July 2004). He often testifies before Congress as a constitutional expert—most recently before the Senate Judiciary Committee, regarding the nomination of Justice Sotomayor. He has also filed briefs and presented oral argument before the U.S. Supreme Court.

Rosenkranz serves as Co-Chair of the Board of Visitors of the Federalist Society.


  • B.A., J.D., Yale

Upcoming Events

Second Annual Executive Branch Review Conference
Executive Branch Review Project
May 7, 2014


Showcase Panel I: Textualism and the Bill of Rights - Event Audio/Video
2013 National Lawyers Convention
November 20, 2013
US v. Bond: Expanding Congress' Power? - Podcast
Criminal Law & Procedure, Federalism & Separation of Powers, and International & National Security Law Practice Groups Courthouse Steps Podcast
November 11, 2013
Bond v. United States - Post-Argument SCOTUScast
SCOTUScast 11-08-13 featuring Nicholas Quinn Rosenkranz
November 8, 2013
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 4, 2013
Supreme Court Preview: What Is in Store for October Term 2012? - Event Audio/Video
Co-sponsored by the Practice Groups, the Washington DC Lawyers Chapter, and the Faculty Division
September 27, 2012
Young Legal Scholars Paper Presentations - Event Audio/Video
14th Annual Faculty Conference
January 6, 2012


Medellin v. Texas
Part II: Presidential & Congressional Power
April 1, 2008
Medellin v. Texas
Part I: Self-Execution
March 28, 2008

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