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Ilya Shapiro

Ilya ShapiroChicago 2003

Ilya is a senior fellow in constitutional studies at the Cato Institute and editor-in-chief of the Cato Supreme Court Review.  In addition to his editing duties, Ilya publishes articles in numerous publications, organizes conferences on various legal issues, files amicus briefs with the Supreme Court, and is a frequent guest speaker and media commentator on myriad constitutional and political subjects.

In the summer of 2007, Ilya was a Special Assistant/Advisor on rule of law issues for the Multi-National Force – Iraq in Baghdad.  He served at the personal invitation of General David Petraeus and worked directly under the head U.S. military lawyer in Iraq, Colonel (now Brigadier General) Mark Martins.

Before joining Cato, Ilya was an associate at Patton Boggs LLP and Cleary Gottlieb LLP, where he practiced international, political, commercial, and antitrust litigation.  He was also an adjunct professor of legal research and writing at George Washington University Law School.

In 2004, Ilya served on the policy staff for the Bush-Cheney reelection campaign, specifically in the areas of legal affairs and homeland security, and ensured the integrity of the voting process in Broward County, Florida.

Before that, he was a law clerk for the Honorable E. Grady Jolly of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, in Jackson, Miss.

Ilya is a Tony Patiño Fellow from the University of Chicago Law School, where he received his J.D. in 2003.  He received an M.Sc. in international relations from the London School of Economics in 2000, and an A.B. from Princeton University in 1999.  Ilya is a native speaker of English and Russian, is fluent in Spanish and French, and is proficient in Italian and Portuguese.

Ilya has been on the Board of Directors since 2008.  He is the Acting General Counsel to The Friends of the Tony Patiño Fellowship, Inc., and serves on the Finance Committee.