Hon. Lee Liberman Otis

Senior Vice President and Faculty Division Director, The Federalist Society

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, 2007, Ms. Otis was awarded the Heritage Foundation’s Henry Salvatori prize for citizenship for her work in connection with the Federalist Society.


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Publications and Multimedia
Corpus Linguistics and Legal Interpretation - Event Audio/Video
19th Annual Faculty Conference
January 23, 2017
ROUNDTABLE: Areas of Constitutional Doctrine Transformed - Event Audio/Video
2016 National Lawyers Convention
November 24, 2016
The New Chevron Skeptics - Event Audio/Video
18th Annual Faculty Conference
January 15, 2016
The Executive Power to Not Enforce the Law - Event Audio/Video
17th Annual Faculty Conference
January 09, 2015
Defining Regulatory Crimes - Event Audio/Video
Criminal Law and the Administrative State: Defining and Enforcing Regulatory Crimes
June 11, 2014
Public Interest Litigation Workshop - Event Audio/Video
16th Annual Faculty Conference
January 09, 2014
Shareholder Value Theory: Myth or Motivator? - Event Video
Faculty Division and the American Enterprise Institute
May 03, 2013
Arbitration and the Constitution - Event Audio/Video
Faculty Division and the American Enterprise Institute
March 29, 2013
Tribute to Judge Robert Bork by John McGinnis - Event Audio/Video
15th Annual Faculty Conference
January 14, 2013
Roundtable on Judicial Deference v. Judicial Engagement - Event Audio/Video
15th Annual Faculty Conference
January 10, 2013
When States Go Broke - Event Video
Faculty Division
November 14, 2012
Power and Constraint: The Accountable Presidency After 9/11 - Event Video
Faculty Division and the American Enterprise Institute
March 21, 2012
Address by Secretary Michael Chertoff - Audio/Video
2008 National Lawyers Convention
November 20, 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