Director, Cato Institute’s Robert E. Levy Center for Constitutional Studies
Ilya Shapiro is the director of the Robert A. Levy Center for Constitutional Studies at the Cato Institute and publisher 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. He also clerked for Judge E. Grady Jolly of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit and practiced law at Patton Boggs and Cleary Gottlieb. In 2015, National Law Journal named him to its 40 Under 40 list of “rising stars.”
A much-sought-after legal commentator, Shapiro has testified before Congress and state legislatures, has filed more than 400 amicus curiae “friend of the court” briefs in the U.S. Supreme Court, and has written for the Wall Street Journal, the Harvard Journal of Law and Public Policy, the Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, USA Today, National Review, Newsweek, and many other publications. He is the author of Supreme Disorder: Judicial Nominations and the Politics of America’s Highest Court (2020), coauthor of Religious Liberties for Corporations? Hobby Lobby, the Affordable Care Act, and the Constitution (2014), and editor of eleven volumes of the Cato Supreme Court Review (2008–18).
Shapiro holds an AB from Princeton University (where he became an ISI Honors Scholar), an MSc from the London School of Economics, and a JD from the University of Chicago Law School.