Ilya Shapiro is a senior fellow and director of constitutional studies at the Manhattan Institute. Previously he was executive director and senior lecturer at the Georgetown Center for the Constitution, and before that a vice president of the Cato Institute, director of Cato’s Robert A. Levy Center for Constitutional Studies, and publisher of the Cato Supreme Court Review.
Shapiro 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 11 volumes of the Cato Supreme Court Review (2008-18). He has contributed to a variety of academic, popular, and professional publications, including the Wall Street Journal, the Harvard Journal of Law & Public Policy, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, USA Today, National Review, and Newsweek. He also regularly provides commentary for various media outlets and once appeared on the Colbert Report.
The Supreme Court has been in transition for nearly a decade. It has been impacted by politics, “cancel culture” and what appears to be a lack of historical perspective among court-watchers and activists. From its origins as a quiet authority on the constitutionality of bills passed by the legislature and signed into law, it has […]
This year the U.S. Supreme Court “really became [Chief Justice John] Roberts’ court,” Ilya Shapiro believes. Roberts, appointed by President George W. Bush, “was in the majority more than anyone.” Contrary to criticism from some conservatives, Roberts’ functioned overall as the court’s anchor, not weathervane, Shapiro told about 200 participants in a July 15 […]
Nobody likes judges. Progressives think the courts are too cozy with big business, stomping on the rights of the “little guy” when they’re not depriving him of the right to vote or allowing his boss to deny him contraceptives. And don’t get them started on Citizens United (no, please, don’t). Conservatives, for their part, are […]