Steven G. Calabresi

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Steven G. Calabresi
EducationMoses Brown School
Yale College
Yale Law School
OccupationLegal scholar
EmployerNorthwestern University Pritzker School of Law

Steven G. Calabresi is an American legal scholar. He is Clayton J. and Henry R. Barber Professor of Law at Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law. He is the nephew of Guido Calabresi, a legal scholar, a U.S. Appellate judge and former dean of the Yale Law School.[1]


Calabresi graduated from the Moses Brown School in Providence, Rhode Island in 1976. He then attended Yale College, graduating cum laude in 1980.[2] He next attended Yale Law School, where he was the Note & Topics Editor of the Yale Law Journal. After law school, he served as law clerk for Judge Ralph K. Winter of the US Appellate Court, Second Circuit, Judge Robert H. Bork of the D.C. Circuit, and Justice Antonin Scalia of the United States Supreme Court.

While at Yale Law School, Calabresi and two Yale College friends, Lee Liberman Otis and David McIntosh, founded the Yale chapter of the Federalist Society, one of three original chapters of the Society. In 2019, he was chairman of the Society's board of directors.[3] Calabresi is an active libertarian-conservative author and commentator.[4][5]

Calabresi joined the faculty of Northwestern Law School in 1990, and has taught there ever since. He has also been a visiting professor at Yale Law School (in the Fall semesters of 2013, 2014, 2015, and 2016), and a Visiting Professor of Political Theory at Brown University, where he has taught since 2010.


Calabresi has published more than 65 articles in law reviews, including:

  • Lawson, Gary; Calabresi, Steven (2019). "Why Robert Mueller's Appointment As Special Counsel Was Unlawful". Notre Dame Law Review (forthcoming).
  • Calabresi, Steven G. "" A Government of Limited and Enumerated Powers": In Defense of United States v. Lopez." Michigan Law Review 94.3 (1995): 752-831.
  • Calabresi, Steven G., and Sarah E. Agudo. "Individuals Rights under State Constitutions When the Fourteenth Amendment Was Ratified in 1868: What Rights Are Deeply Rooted in American History and Tradition." Tex. L. Rev. 87 (2008): 7
  • Calabresi, Steven G., and Gary Lawson. "The Unitary Executive, Jurisdiction Stripping, and the Hamdan Opinions: A Textualist Response to Justice Scalia." Colum. L. Rev. 107 (2007): 1002.
  • Calabresi, Steven G., and Saikrishna B. Prakash. "The president's power to execute the laws." Yale LJ 104 (1994): 541.
  • Calabresi, Steven G., and Kevin H. Rhodes. "Structural Constitution: Unitary Executive, Plural Judiciary, The." Harv. L. Rev. 105 (1991): 1153.

He has written or edited several books, including:

  • Calabresi, S. G. (2007). Originalism: A Quarter Century of Debate. Regnery Press.
  • Calabresi, Steven G., and Christopher S. Yoo. The unitary executive: Presidential power from Washington to Bush. Yale University Press, 2008.
  • Michael Stokes Paulsen, Steven G. Calabresi, Michael W. McConnell, Samuel Bray & William Baude, The Constitution of the United States. (Foundation Press 2010) [casebook] (2d ed. 2013) (3d ed. 2017).

Political life[edit]

Calabresi served under presidents Ronald Reagan and George H. W. Bush from 1985 to 1990.[2] During that time, he advised Attorney General Edwin Meese III, and Reagan Domestic Policy Chief T. Kenneth Cribb, and wrote campaign speeches for Vice President Dan Quayle.[6] Calabresi supports legally recognizing same-sex marriages.[7] In 2016, Professor Calabresi endowed the Abraham Lincoln Lecture on Constitutional Law at Northwestern Priztker School of Law in Chicago. The purpose of the lecture is to show Lincoln's enormous talent as a constitutional lawyer and to reflect on what legal changes Lincoln's legacy might appropriately call for today.

With Gary S. Lawson, Calabresi has argued that the Mueller Probe was "unlawful."[8]


  1. ^ DeParle, Jason (2005-08-01). "Debating the Subtle Sway of the Federalist Society". The New York Times.
  2. ^ a b "Steven G. Calabresi". Northwestern Pritzker School of Law.
  3. ^ "Prof. Steven G. Calabresi". The Federalist Society.
  4. ^ Calabresi, Steven G. (2008-10-28). "Obama's 'Redistribution' Constitution". The Wall Street Journal.
  5. ^ Amar, Akil Reed; Calabresi, Steven G. (2002-10-05). "The Supreme Court's Unfree Speech". The New York Times.
  6. ^ "Steven G. Calabresi [CV]" (PDF). Northwestern Pritzker School of Law.
  7. ^ "Freedom to Marry, Freedom to Dissent: Why We Must Have Both". RealClearPolitics. 2014-04-22.
  8. ^ "Gary S. Lawson". Boston University School of Law. Retrieved May 10, 2017.

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