Hon. Lee Liberman Otis
After graduating from Yale College and the University of Chicago Law School, where she served on the Law Review, Ms. Otis clerked for Judge Antonin Scalia on the U.S. Court of Appeals, served as a Special Assistant at the Department of Justice under Attorneys General William French Smith and Edwin Meese, and returned to clerk for Justice Scalia after his appointment to the Supreme Court. She then joined George Mason University School of Law as an Assistant Professor, where she taught Constitutional Law, Federal Courts, Appellate Advocacy and Legislation. She went on to serve as Associate Counsel to President George H.W. Bush, to practice appellate litigation at the Washington office of Jones, Day, Reavis and Pogue, and to serve as Chief Counsel to the Immigration Subcommittee of the Senate Judiciary Committee, General Counsel of the Department of Energy, and most recently as Associate Deputy Attorney General at the Department of Justice.
Ms. Otis has been an important member of the Federalist Society team since the organization’s beginnings 25 years ago. Together with David McIntosh, she led the effort to start what became the Chicago chapter of the Society. She also helped organize the Society’s first conference at Yale, its second conference at Chicago, and its first Lawyers Division chapter in Washington DC, as well as the effort to incorporate the Society, recruit its permanent staff, and obtain its early funding. She was a Founding Director of the Federalist Society.
Together with Federalist Society Chairman and Northwestern University School of Law George C. Dix Professor of Constitutional Law Steven G. Calabresi and Federalist Society Director and former Congressman David McIntosh, on April 26, Ms. Otis was awarded the Heritage Foundation’s Henry Salvatori prize for citizenship for her work in connection with the Federalist Society.