Carolyn Shapiro

Professor Carolyn Shapiro serves as Of Counsel to the firm and advises clients on appellate strategy, constitutional doctrine, and public interest law.  She has argued cases in the Supreme Court of the United States, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, and Illinois Supreme Court.

Previously, Professor Shapiro served as the Solicitor General of Illinois, where she oversaw a team over 40 lawyers, oversaw all briefs filed on behalf of the State of Illinois in federal appeals courts and the Illinois Supreme Court, and personally argued seven appeals. She has been a faculty member at the Chicago-Kent College of Law since 2003. At Chicago-Kent, she co-directs the Institute on the Supreme Court of the United States, offers courses on constitutional law, legislation, and public interest law, and directs the public interest certificate program.  Earlier in her career, Professor Shapiro was a Skadden Fellow at the Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law, a civil rights attorney at Miner, Barnhill & Galland, and a visiting scholar at the American Bar Foundation. She clerked for Justice Stephen Breyer on the Supreme Court of the United States, and Chief Judge Richard Posner on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit.

Professor Shapiro’s scholarship focuses on the Supreme Court and its relationships with other government institutions, as well as on constitutional law, employment law, and empirical legal studies. Her scholarship has appeared in numerous publications, including Washington & Lee Law Review, Hastings Law Journal, Florida State Law Review, William & Mary Bill of Rights Journal, and Chicago-Kent Law Review.

Additionally, Professor Shapiro is active in a number of civic and scholarly organizations, including the American Constitution Society, where she serves on the Board of Advisors of State Attorneys General Project, as well as on the Board of Advisors of the Chicago Lawyers’ Chapter. Professor Shapiro also regularly provides commentary about current legal events on news and public affairs television programs and to print and on-line news outlets. Her op-eds and blog posts have appeared in a variety of outlets, including CNN.com, The Hill, Slate, Take Care Blog, and the ACS Blog.

Professor Shapiro received her J.D. with High Honors from the University of Chicago Law School, where she was elected to Order of the Coif, was articles editor for the University of Chicago Law Review, and won the Beale Prize.  She also holds an M.A. in Public Policy Studies and B.A. (Phi Beta Kappa) in English from the University of Chicago.

Education

  • University of Chicago Law School, J.D. with High Honors (Order of the Coif), 1995
  • University of Chicago Harris Graduate School of Public Policy Studies, M.A., 1993
  • University of Chicago, B.A. (Phi Beta Kappa), 1986

Clerkships

  • Justice Stephen G. Breyer, Supreme Court of the United States (1996-1997)
  • Chief Judge Richard A. Posner, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit (1995-1996)

Admissions

  • Supreme Court of the United States
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
  • Northern District of Illinois
  • Central District of Illinois
  • Illinois
  • Not admitted to D.C. but being supervised by a licensed D.C. Bar member.