Steven G. Calabresi

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Steven G. Calabresi is a professor of law at Northwestern University School of Law and a visiting professor at Yale Law School. He is the nephew of Guido Calabresi, the U.S. legal scholar, U.S. Appellate judge, and former Dean of Yale Law School.[1]


After graduating cum laude from Yale College in 1980,[2] he attended Yale Law School, where he was the Note & Topics Editor of the Yale Law Journal, and went on to clerk for The Hon. Robert Bork on the D.C. Circuit and Justice Antonin Scalia on the United States Supreme Court.

Calabresi co-founded the Federalist Society while a student at Yale Law School,[3] and is an active conservative author and commentator.[4][5]

Calabresi joined the Northwestern faculty in 1990 and has since published more than 30 articles in law reviews. He was the George C. Dix Professor of Constitutional Law for 1998–2000 and 2004–2007. Calabresi also co-founded the Federalist Society chapter at Northwestern and serves as chairman of its Board of Directors.

Among others, he has collaborated with Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, who wrote the foreword to Originalism: A Quarter-Century of Debate (2007), a book edited by Calabresi, and Christopher S. Yoo, with whom Calabresi wrote The Unitary Executive: Presidential Power from Washington to Bush (2008).

Political life[edit]

Calabresi served under Presidents Ronald Reagan and George H. W. Bush from 1985 to 1990.[6] During that time, he advised Attorney General Edwin Meese III, Reagan Domestic Policy Chief T. Kenneth Cribb and wrote speeches for Bush Vice President Dan Quayle.[7]

Calabresi supported former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani in the 2008 presidential election.[8]


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