The death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has put the spotlight back on the politics of the Supreme Court. In the recently published Supreme Disorder, Cato Institute constitutional scholar Ilya Shapiro chronicles the contentious partisan history of judicial nominations and explores reform proposals that could return the Supreme Court to its proper role. Only when the Court begins to rebalance our constitutional order, curb administrative overreach, and return power to the states will the bitter partisan war to control the judiciary subside.
Please join CEI for an online book forum featuring author Ilya Shapiro and Case Western Reserve University Law Professor Jonathan Adler, in conversation with Kent Lassman.
Ilya Shapiro, Director, Robert A. Levy Center for Constitutional Studies at the Cato Institute and Author, Supreme Disorder
Jonathan H. Adler, Johan Verheij Memorial Professor of Law and Director of the Center for Business Law and Regulation, Case Western Reserve University School of Law
Kent Lassman, President, Competitive Enterprise Institute
Thursday, October 8, 2020
12:00 – 1:00 pm EDT
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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 Multinational Force in Iraq on rule‐of‐law issues and practiced at Patton Boggs and Cleary Gottlieb.
Shapiro is the author of Supreme Disorder: Judicial Nominations and the Politics of America’s Highest Court (2020), co‐author 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 regularly provides commentary for various media outlets, is a legal consultant to CBS News, and once appeared on the Colbert Report.
Shapiro has testified before Congress and state legislatures and has filed more than 300 amicus curiae “friend of the court” briefs in the Supreme Court, including one that The Green Bag selected for its “Exemplary Legal Writing” collection. He lectures regularly on behalf of the Federalist Society, was an inaugural Washington Fellow at the National Review Institute and a Lincoln Fellow at the Claremont Institute, and has been an adjunct law professor at the George Washington University and the University of Mississippi. He is also the chairman of the board of advisors of the Mississippi Justice Institute, a barrister in the Edward Coke Appellate Inn of Court, and a member of the Virginia Advisory Committee to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights. In 2015, National Law Journal named him to its 40 under 40 list of “rising stars.”
Before entering private practice, Shapiro clerked for Judge E. Grady Jolly of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. He holds an AB from Princeton University, an MSc from the London School of Economics, and a JD from the University of Chicago Law School (where he became a Tony Patiño Fellow).
Jonathan Adler is the inaugural Johan Verheij Memorial Professor of Law and Director of the Center for Business Law and Regulation at the Case Western Reserve University School of Law, where he teaches courses in environmental, administrative, and constitutional law.
Adler is the author most recently of Marijuana Federalism: Uncle Sam and Mary Jane (2020), Business and the Roberts Court (2016), and Rebuilding the Ark: New Perspectives on Endangered Species Act Reform (2011). Adler is a contributing editor to National Review Online and a regular contributor to the popular legal blog, “The Volokh Conspiracy,” hosted by Reason.
In 2004, Adler received the Paul M. Bator Award, given annually by the Federalist Society for Law and Policy Studies to an academic under 40 for excellence in teaching, scholarship, and commitment to students. In 2007, the Case Western Reserve University Law Alumni Association awarded Adler its annual “Distinguished Teacher Award.” A 2007 study also identified Adler as the most cited legal academic in environmental law under age 40.
Prior to joining the faculty at Case Western Reserve, Adler clerked for the Honorable David B. Sentelle on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. From 1991 to 2000, Adler worked at the Competitive Enterprise Institute, where he directed CEI’s environmental studies program. He holds a B.A. magna cum laude from Yale University and a J.D. summa cum laude from the George Mason University School of Law.
Kent Lassman is President and CEO of the Competitive Enterprise Institute. He oversees strategy for the organization, including management of a team of policy, communications, and fundraising staff. Prior to joining CEI, Lassman spent eight years as vice president at a public affairs firm in Washington, D.C., counseling clients on campaign approaches to issues ranging from telecommunications to privacy to biotechnology and state licensing.