Ilya Shapiro

Senior Fellow in Constitutional Studies, Cato Institute

Ilya 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/adviser to the Multi-National Force in Iraq on rule-of-law issues and practiced at Patton Boggs and Cleary Gottlieb. 

Shapiro is the co-author of Religious Liberties for Corporations? Hobby Lobby, the Affordable Care Act, and the Constitution (2014). He 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, Weekly Standard, New York Times Online, and National Review Online. He also regularly provides commentary for various media outlets, including CNN, Fox News, ABC, CBS, NBC, Univision and Telemundo, the Colbert Report, and NPR. 

Shapiro has testified before Congress and state legislatures and, as coordinator of Cato’s amicus brief program, filed more than 150 “friend of the court” briefs in the Supreme Court, including one The Green Bag selected for its “Exemplary Legal Writing” collection. He lectures regularly on behalf of the Federalist Society, 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 a Lincoln Fellow at the Claremont Institute, and has been an adjunct professor at the George Washington University Law School. In 2015, National Law Journal named him to its list of 40 “rising stars” in the legal community. 

Before entering private practice, Shapiro clerked for Judge E. Grady Jolly of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. He holds an AB from Princeton University, an MSc from the London School of Economics, and a JD from the University of Chicago Law School (where he became a Tony Patiño Fellow).

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

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September 25, 2017
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October 02, 2017
Publications and Multimedia
Packingham v. North Carolina - Post-Decision SCOTUScast
SCOTUScast 6-29-17 featuring Ilya Shapiro
June 29, 2017
Courthouse Steps: Two Cases - Matal v. Tam and Packingham v. North Carolina - Podcast
Free Speech & Election Law Practice Group Podcast
June 21, 2017
Title IX & Gender Identity: Gloucester County v. G.G.
Short video featuring Ilya Shapiro
April 27, 2017
Courthouse Steps: Trinity Lutheran Church of Columbia v. Comer - Podcast
Religious Liberties Practice Group Podcast
April 21, 2017
Packingham v. North Carolina - Post-Argument SCOTUScast
SCOTUScast 3-30-17 featuring Ilya Shapiro
March 30, 2017
Courthouse Steps: Packingham v. North Carolina - Podcast
Free Speech & Election Law Practice Group Podcast
March 02, 2017
Evenwel v. Abbott: The Court Shanks Its Punt on “One Person, One Vote”
Federalist Society Review, Volume 17, Issue 2
June 02, 2016
Unions v. The First Amendment
Short video featuring Ilya Shapiro discussing Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association
January 06, 2016
Redskins Trademark in Court, and More - Podcast
Litigation Practice Group Podcast
October 26, 2015
Obergefell v. Hodges - Post-Decision SCOTUScast
SCOTUScast 6-26-15 featuring John Eastman and Ilya Shapiro
June 26, 2015
Gay Marriage Cases Decided: Obergefell v. Hodges - Podcast
Religious Liberties Practice Group Podcast
June 26, 2015
When is a law too vague to be Constitutional?
Short video with Ilya Shapiro discussing Johnson v. United States
April 18, 2015
Executive Action on Immigration - Event Audio/Video
Sponsored by the Federalist Society's Practice Groups
February 20, 2015
Gay Marriage in the Supreme Court - Podcast
Religious Liberties Practice Group Podcast
January 28, 2015
The Future of Voting Rights - Event Audio/Video
Civil Rights in the United States
September 14, 2014
Religious Freedom Upheld
Short video with Ilya Shapiro discussing Hobby Lobby decision
June 30, 2014
Mount Holly v. Mt. Holly Gardens Citizens in Action, Inc. - Post-Decision SCOTUScast
SCOTUScast 1-6-14 featuring Ilya Shapiro
January 06, 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 02, 2012
Perry v. Perez - Post-Decision SCOTUScast
SCOTUScast 02-03-12 featuring Ilya Shapiro
February 03, 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 03, 2010
SCOTUScast 7-15-09 featuring Ilya Shapiro
Safford Unified School District v. Redding
July 15, 2009