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Dahlia Lithwick

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Dahlia Lithwick
Dahlia Lithwick speaking at a New America panel in 2017.
Born1967 or 1968 (age 56–57)[1]
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
EducationYale University (BA)
Stanford University (JD)
  • Attorney
  • editor
  • commentator

Dahlia Lithwick is a Canadian-American lawyer, writer, and journalist. Lithwick is a contributing editor at Newsweek and senior editor at Slate. She primarily writes about law and politics in the United States. She writes "Supreme Court Dispatches" and "Jurisprudence" and has covered the Microsoft trial and other legal issues for Slate. In 2018, the Sidney Hillman Foundation awarded Lithwick with the Hillman Prize for Opinion & Analysis Journalism noting that she "has been the nation's best legal commentator for two decades".[2]

Before joining Slate as a freelancer in 1999, Lithwick worked for a family law firm in Reno, Nevada.[3] Her published work has appeared in The New Republic, The American Prospect, Elle, The Ottawa Citizen, and The Washington Post.

Early life and education


Lithwick was born to a Jewish family,[4][5] in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada and is a Canadian citizen. She moved to the U.S. to study at Yale University, where she received a B.A. degree in English in 1990. As a student at Yale, she debated on the American Parliamentary Debate Association circuit as a member of the Yale Debate Association. In 1990, she and her debate partner at the time, Austan Goolsbee, were runners up for the national Team of the Year.

She went on to study law at Stanford Law School, where she received her J.D. degree in 1996. She then clerked for Judge Procter Ralph Hug Jr. of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.[6] She is Jewish and keeps a kosher home.[7]


Dahlia Lithwick giving the keynote speech at the American Association of Law Libraries conference in July 2011

She was a regular guest on The Al Franken Show and has been a guest columnist for The New York Times Op-Ed page. Lithwick is Slate's legal correspondent, providing summaries and commentary on current United States Supreme Court cases. Lithwick also hosts the podcast Amicus.[8] She received the Online News Association's award for online commentary in 2001.[6] A 2012 Slate article coined the concept of "Muppet Theory", which makes analogies of social organization to characters from the American puppet media franchise The Muppets.[9][10]




  • Dahlia Lithwick. Lady Justice: Women, the Law, and the Battle to Save America, 2022. ISBN 0-5255-6138-2.
  • Dahlia Lithwick, Brandt Goldstein. Me v. Everybody: Absurd Contracts for an Absurd World, 2003. ISBN 0-7611-2389-X.
  • Paula Franklin, Carol Regan, Dahlia Lithwick. Building a national immunization system: A guide to immunization services and resources, 1994. ISBN 1-881985-06-7.
  • Larry Berger, Dahlia Lithwick. I Will Sing Life: Voices from the Hole in the Wall Gang Camp, 1992. ISBN 0-316-09273-8.




  1. ^ "HOTSEAT- Hello, Dahlia! Lithwick relishes Supreme Court jester role". Archived from the original on 30 March 2019. Retrieved 30 March 2019.
  2. ^ "2018 HILLMAN PRIZE FOR OPINION & ANALYSIS JOURNALISM". The Sidney Hillman Foundation, Honoring excellence in journalism in service of the common good. 17 April 2018. Archived from the original on 3 June 2018. Retrieved 1 June 2018.
  3. ^ "Who We Are: Slate's staff". Slate. Archived from the original on 14 April 2019. Retrieved 10 May 2017.
  4. ^ "Jews and Journalism in an Age of Fracture". Jewish Exponent. 17 June 2018. Archived from the original on 21 January 2019.
  5. ^ Weisberger, Jed (24 April 2019). "How does religion affect Jewish justices' opinions?". New Jersey Jewish News. Archived from the original on 22 March 2022. Retrieved 5 May 2022. Lithwick, who is Jewish, said she bases a lot of her daily life and work on Jewish values...
  6. ^ a b "Dahlia Lithwick". The New York Times. 30 July 2004. ISSN 0362-4331. Archived from the original on 26 March 2017. Retrieved 2 December 2016.
  7. ^ Lithwick, Dahlia (12 November 2008). "Everything Vibrates". Slate. Archived from the original on 25 March 2012. Retrieved 27 March 2012.
  8. ^ "Amicus". Slate Magazine. Retrieved 2 October 2017.
  9. ^ Harrison, Sara (24 March 2022). "Threatening Language Can Be Contagious. This New Tool Tracks Its Spread". Stanford Business Magazine.
  10. ^ Lithwik, Dahlia (8 June 2012). "Chaos Theory: A Unified Theory of Muppet Types". Slate.