Nicholas Quinn Rosenkranz

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Nicholas Quinn Rosenkranz
Born Nicholas Quinn Rosenkranz
(1970-11-28) November 28, 1970 (age 46)
Nationality American
Education Yale University (B.A.)
Yale Law School (J.D.)
Occupation Professor of Law at Georgetown University Law Center
Notable work The Subjects of the Constitution
Parent(s) Robert Rosenkranz
Website Georgetown Law Biography

Nicholas Quinn Rosenkranz (born November 28, 1970) is an American Constitutional law scholar and Broadway producer. He writes and teaches in the fields of constitutional law, statutory interpretation, and federal jurisdiction.

Before returning to the legal academy, Rosenkranz clerked for Justice Kennedy and served as an attorney-advisor in the Office of Legal Counsel. He regularly contributes legal commentary for news media, including Fox News, PBS, C-Span, and other media organizations.[1]

Early life[edit]


Rosenkranz is the son of Robert Rosenkranz and Margaret "Peggy" Hill. He graduated summa cum laude from Yale University and is a graduate of Harvard Law School. Margaret Hill is a graduate of Fordham Law School[2] Rosenkranz's sister, Stephanie Rosenkranz Hessler, is also a legal scholar and a fellow at the Manhattan Institute.[3]


He attended Phillips Academy, and earned a Bachelor of Arts in English from Yale University in 1992. He, then, received his J.D. from Yale Law School in 1999.[4] While at YLS, he was also an Olin Fellow in Law and Economics.[5][6]

Federal government[edit]


After graduating, he clerked for Frank H. Easterbrook on the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals from 1999–2000 and for Justice Kennedy on the Supreme Court of the United States during the 2001 term.[7]

He has presented oral argument before the U.S. Supreme Court.[8] He has filed numerous briefs with the U.S. Supreme Court, and one of his Supreme Court briefs was featured in the National Law Journal (arguing that Missouri v. Holland was wrongly decided in Bond v. United States (2013)).[9] Eight years before Bond v. United States (2013) Rosenkranz wrote an article in the Harvard Law Review, Executing the Treaty Power,[10] arguing that Missouri v. Holland was wrongly decided.

Executive Branch[edit]

He was an attorney-advisor at the Office of Legal Counsel in the U.S. Department of Justice from 2002–2004.[11] He was a member of the Justice Advisory Committee of Republican presidential candidate John McCain during the United States presidential election, 2008.[12]

Congressional testimony[edit]

Rosenkranz regularly testifies before the United States Congress as a legal expert. He testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee during the confirmation hearing on the nomination of Sonia Sotomayor, to be an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States.[13] He testified before the House Judiciary Committee, regarding the President of the United States' duty to "take Care that the Laws be faithfully executed."[14]



Rosenkranz joined the faculty at Georgetown University Law Center in 2004.[15] Rosenkranz is also a Senior Fellow in Constitutional Studies at the Cato Institute,[16] Co-Chairman of the Board of Visitors of the Federalist Society,[17] and an Associate Fellow of Pierson College at Yale University.[18]

Rosenkranz has been a National Fellow at the Hoover Institution[19] and a Visiting Professor of Law at Stanford Law School.[20]


Rosenkranz has written two articles for the Harvard Law Review and three articles for the Stanford Law Review. The Subjects of the Constitution, was published in the Stanford Law Review in May 2010, and it is the single most downloaded article about constitutional interpretation, judicial review, and/or federal courts in the history of Social Science Research Network.[21]

Broadway producer[edit]

Rosenkranz has produced several Broadway productions, including David Mamet's Speed-the-Plow, David Mamet's Race, and Tom Stoppard's Arcadia. In 2011, he was nominated for a Tony Award for the Best Revival of a Play in Arcadia.[22] His mother is Broadway producer, Peggy Hill.[23]

Contributions to scholarly journals[edit]

Congressional testimony[edit]


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