Dahlia Lithwick

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Dahlia Lithwick
Dahlia Lithwick speaking at a New America panel in 2017.
Born1967/1968 (age 54–55)[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 currently 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[edit]

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 University, where she received her J.D. degree in 1996. She then clerked for Judge Procter Hug on 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.

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]

In 2009, Lithwick wrote an article for Slate titled "I Need a Hero: Seeking a bomb-throwing, passionate, visionary, liberal Scalia for a seat on the Supreme Court."[9][10][11] In the article, she called for President Obama to nominate a person who was "some cross between Rachel Maddow and Emma Goldman."


  • 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.
  • Dahlia Lithwick. "The Legal Memos: How the rules were rewritten". Slate. Archived from the original on 27 December 2009. Retrieved 10 February 2008.
  • Dahlia Lithwick (28 May 2008). "Legal corner-cutting derails FLDS justice". The Dallas Morning News. Archived from the original on 14 October 2008. Retrieved 28 May 2008.
  • Dahlia Lithwick (13 November 2009). "Supreme Court Dispatch, Eh: How the United States' never-ending legal mess at Gitmo is spilling over into Canada". Slate magazine. Archived from the original on 17 February 2011.
  • Dahlia Lithwick (10 February 2010). "Watering Torture Down: Why are the media so happy to use the T word in a child-abuse case?". Slate magazine. Archived from the original on 13 February 2010.


  1. ^ HOTSEAT- Hello, Dahlia! Lithwick relishes Supreme Court jester role
  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.
  3. ^ "Who We Are: Slate's staff". Slate. 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. 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. Retrieved 2 December 2016.
  7. ^ Lithwick, Dahlia (12 November 2008). "Everything Vibrates". Slate.
  8. ^ "Amicus". Slate Magazine. Retrieved 2 October 2017.
  9. ^ Lithwick, Dahlia (3 February 2009). "I Need a Hero: Seeking a bomb-throwing, passionate, visionary, liberal Scalia for a seat on the Supreme Court". Slate. Retrieved 18 September 2011.
  10. ^ Jones, Ashby (4 February 2009). "Afternoon Scotus Roundup: A Scalia Outburst, Pining for a Liberal Lion". The Wall Street Journal. Retrieved 18 September 2011.
  11. ^ Patashnik, Josh (1 May 2009). "The Court, Or The People?". The New Republic. Retrieved 18 September 2011.

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