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Ilya Shapiro

Senior Fellow in Constitutional Studies and Editor-in-Chief, Cato Supreme Court Review

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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/advisor to the Multi-National Force in Iraq on rule of law issues and practiced international, political, commercial, and antitrust litigation at Patton Boggs and Cleary Gottlieb. Shapiro 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, National Law Journal, Weekly Standard, New York Time Online, and National Review Online, and from 2004 to 2007 wrote the "Dispatches from Purple America" column for TCS He also regularly provides commentary for various media outlets, including CNN, Fox News, ABC, CBS, NBC, Univision and Telemundo, The Colbert Report, NPR, and American Public Media's Marketplace. Shapiro has provided testimony to Congress and state legislatures and, as coordinator of Cato's amicus brief program, filed more than 100 "friend of the court" briefs in federal courts around the country (more than 80 of those in the Supreme Court). He lectures regularly on behalf of the Federalist Society and other groups, 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 has been an adjunct professor at the George Washington University Law School. Before entering private practice, Shapiro clerked for Judge E. Grady Jolly of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, while living in Mississippi and traveling around the Deep South. He holds an A.B. from Princeton University, an M.Sc. from the London School of Economics, and a J.D. from the University of Chicago Law School (where he became a Tony Patiño Fellow). Shapiro is a member of the bars of New York, the District of Columbia, and the U.S. Supreme Court. He is a native speaker of English and Russian, is fluent in Spanish and French, and is proficient in Italian and Portuguese.

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Books and Book Chapters

Introduction, Cato Supreme Court Review: 2010-2011, (2011), pp. 1-12.

Cato Supreme Court Review: 2010-2011, editor-in-chief, (2011).

Cato Supreme Court Review: 2009-2010, editor-in-chief, (2010).

The Tell-Tale Privileges or Immunities Clause, Cato Supreme Court Review: 2009-2010, pp. 163-200.

Introduction, Cato Supreme Court Review: 2009-2010, pp. 1-11.

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Articles and Newsletters

"States Can't Regulate Immigration, But They Can Regulate Illegal Immigrants," Charleston Law Review, vol. 6 (2012).

"Obamacare Will Lose a Close Fight," PREVIEW of United States Supreme Court Cases, vol. 39, no. 6 (2012).

"So What If Corporations Aren't People?," by Ilya Shapiro and Caitlyn W. McCarthy, The John Marshall Law Review, vol. 44, no. 4 (2011).

"A Long Strange Trip: My First Year Challenging the Constitutionality of Obamacare," Florida International University Law Review, vol. 6, Fall 2011.

"The Impact of Judicial Activism on the Moral Character of Citizens," by Ilya Shapiro and Fred Smith, Engage, vol. 12, no. 2, September 2011.

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Opinion and Commentary

"Why Citizens United Has Nothing to Do with What Ails American Politics," The American, August 1, 2012

"Let the Games Begin! — But Free of Myths, Ancient and Modern," Huffington Post, July 26, 2012

"Free to Discriminate," The New York Times (Online), July 19, 2012

"We Won Everything but the Case,", June 29, 2012

"John Roberts, Judicial Pacifist," Philadelphia Inquirer, June 29, 2012

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Cato @ Liberty Blog Posts

"I Heard It Through the Grapevine That the Government Was Violating Property Rights," August 28, 2012

"Getting Class Action Rules Right Makes Markets More Efficient," August 27, 2012

"Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act Has Got to Go," August 20, 2012

"(Alas) There's No BBQ Clause in the Constitution," August 13, 2012

"The Fourth Amendment Doesn't Allow Roving Licenses to Detain People Without Probable Cause," August 11, 2012

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Legal Briefs

Bond v. United States, August 31, 2012 (PDF, 179 KB)

Horne v. U.S. Dept. of Agriculture, August 27, 2012 (PDF, 130 KB)

Comcast v. Behrend, August 24, 2012 (PDF, 117 KB)

Nix v. Holder and Shelby County v. Holder, August 20, 2012 (PDF, 170 KB)

PPL Corp. v. Commissioner of Internal Revenue, August 10, 2012 (PDF, 94 KB)

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"The Supreme Court's Obamacare Ruling: What Happens Next?," July 10, 2012 [Capitol Hill Briefing]

"The Supreme Court's Obamacare Ruling: What Does It All Mean?," July 2, 2012 [Policy Forum]

"The Supreme Court's Obamacare Ruling: What Does It All Mean?," June 29, 2012 [Sponsor E-briefing]

"Is Immigration Good for America?," April 26, 2012 [Conference]

"Obamacare in the Supreme Court," March 23, 2012 [Conference]

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Speeches and Testimony

"To Fix Our Campaign Finance System, Liberalize Political Speech Rather than Restricting It," July 24, 2012.

"On the Kansas Health Care Freedom Amendment and Its Relationship to Obamacare ," March 16, 2011.

"Regarding the Constitutionality and Desirability of North Carolina's Health Care Freedom Act," March 1, 2011.

"On the Ohio Health Care Freedom Act and Its Relationship to Obamacare," February 15, 2011.

"On the Montana Health Care Freedom Act and Its Relationship to Obamacare," January 24, 2011.

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Media Highlights - TV Ilya Shapiro discusses his blog post on voting rights on WSJ Online's Opinions (August 21, 2012) [Media Highlights - TV, 05:58]

Media Highlights - TV Ilya Shapiro discusses Second Amendment rights on C-SPAN (July 28, 2012) [Media Highlights - TV, 44:50]

Media Highlights - TV Ilya Shapiro discusses gun laws on CTV News (July 25, 2012) [Media Highlights - TV, 06:31]

Media Highlights - TV Ilya Shapiro on Citizens United on MSNBC's Rachel Maddow Show (July 24, 2012) [Media Highlights - TV, 07:06]

Cato Video A Taxing Distinction for ObamaCare (July 18, 2012) [Cato Video, 03:51]

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