Steven G. Calabresi

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Steven G. Calabresi is the Clayton J. and Henry R. Barber Professor of Law at Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law, and he has been a visiting professor at Yale Law School in the Fall semesters of 2013, 2014, 2015, and 2016. Professor Calabresi is also a Visiting Professor of Political Theory at Brown University where has taught since 2010. He is the nephew of Guido Calabresi, the U.S. legal scholar, U.S. Appellate judge, and former Dean of Yale Law School.[1]


Calabresi graduated from the Moses Brown School in Providence, Rhode Island in 1976. He then attended Yale College from which he graduated cum laude in 1980,[2] and Yale Law School, where he was the Note & Topics Editor of the Yale Law Journal, and went on to clerk for The Hon Ralph K. Winter on the Second Circuit, the Hon Robert H. Bork on the D.C. Circuit, and for the Hon Justice Antonin Scalia on the United States Supreme Court.

Calabresi co-founded the Federalist Society while a student at Yale Law School with two Yale College friends Lee Liberman Otis and David McIntosh,[3] Professor Calabresi is an active libertarian-conservative author and commentator.[4][5]

Calabresi joined the Northwestern faculty in 1990 and has since published more than 65 articles in law reviews. Calabresi also co-founded the Federalist Society chapter at Yale Law School 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). Professor Calabresi has over 70 publications and is the lead co-author of a Foundation Press casebook entitled The U.S. Constitution and Comparative Constitutional Law: Texts, Cases and Materials. He is also a co-author of the Foundation Press casebook: The Constitution of the United States.

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, Reagan Domestic Policy Chief T. Kenneth Cribb and wrote campaign speeches for Bush Vice President Dan Quayle.[6] Calabresi gave up his involvement in politics in 1990 when he left Washington D.C. to become a law professor.

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.


  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. 

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