Ilya Shapiro
Ilya Shapiro
Ilya Shapiro
Ilya Shapiro is a senior contributor to The Federalist. He is director of the Robert A. Levy Center for Constitutional Studies at the Cato Institute. Follow him on Twitter, @ishapiro.
Canada’s ‘Free’ Parental Leave Is One Reason I Don’t Live There

Democrats and Republicans may shame the United States for not featuring yet another welfare state program, but they ignore that Canada’s taxes to fund subsidies to parents of newborns cost working families dearly.

With Administrative Law Rollback, Supreme Court Begins To Drain The Swamp

Executive agencies are on notice that it’s no longer ‘anything goes’ when they rewrite their own rules, that judges will hold their feet to the statutory fire.

The Supreme Court’s Reasoning In The Bladensburg Cross Case Is A Mess

The court reached the correct result, but the mish-mash of opinions leaves Establishment Clause jurisprudence in the muddled state it’s been for decades.

Star Lawyering Protected President Trump From Firing Robert Mueller

By preventing President Trump from firing Robert Mueller, Don McGahn prevented a political crisis that would’ve made the Russia-collusion narrative seem like a jaywalking allegation.

The Case For Allowing Interstate Trade Among Marijuana-Legal States

It’s important that lawmakers get national cannabis policy right, which means respecting each state’s prerogative to handle its own policy and allowing interstate marijuana trade.

Both Trump And John Roberts Are Wrong About Politicized Judges

In the feud between President Trump and Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts, both are wrong. Judges aren’t partisan hacks, but they do have different approaches to jurisprudence.

Republicans Treated Merrick Garland Way Better Than Democrats Treated Brett Kavanaugh

Brett Kavanaugh takes his seat amid debates about the Supreme Court’s ‘legitimacy,’ with substantial portions of the population thinking he’s a rapist.

Here’s The Libertarian Case For Brett Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court Nomination

Libertarians aren’t going to agree with Kavanaugh on everything—we don’t agree on everything ourselves!—but he’s a big step forward for constitutional liberty.

Virginia Considers Making Parents Train For 30 Hours To Help At Their Kids’ Preschool

My wife simply can’t take nearly a week off work to complete the mandatory training Virginia social services is contemplating for parents who want to help at their kids’ preschool.

Trump Went With A Safe, Strong Choice For SCOTUS. But What A Ride It Was

Despite the brouhaha and suspenseful plot twists, the president went with what can in this context be called the conventional conservative choice.

Kavanaugh Is A Strong Pick For The Supreme Court

There is literally nothing in his record that justifies the smears and demagoguery he’s about to face.

The Masterpiece Cakeshop Dodge Sets Up An Epic Fight For The Next Supreme Court Vacancy

The food fight over Masterpiece Cakeshop shows how pivotal the next Supreme Court vacancy will be.

What This Term’s SCOTUS Decisions Reveal About Neil Gorsuch

On the cases with less political valence the justices can ‘nerd out’ on legal theories and reveal their jurisprudential minds when they know their decisions won’t make the front pages.

Law Students Protest Free Speech Talk With Shouts Of ‘F-ck The Law’

A protestor’s sign put it, ‘Rule of law = white supremacy, violence against [people of color], violence against immigrants.’ These were law students protesting the rule of law.

A Short Strange Trip To The South By Southwest Festival

Luckily, the festival delivered again, with a disorienting mix of trendy tech panels and sweaty queues to nowhere.

Stop Trying To Make The Olympics About Anything Besides Sports

Everyone always tries to draw larger geopolitical conclusions from the Olympics, but it’s really just about the sports.

Supreme Court To Decide Whether You Own Your Own Data

The justices shouldn’t extend law enforcement’s reach beyond our borders. More importantly, Congress needs to update a 30-year-old law for the digital age.

Why It’s Impossible To Keep Judge Nominations Non-Political

We have divergent interpretive theories that map onto ideologically sorted parties, so is it any surprise that elections are high-stakes for judges?

Supreme Court’s Sports Betting Case Could Redefine Relationship Between Feds And States

The case involves sports betting in New Jersey, of all things, and it could have ramifications for the regulation of everything from marijuana and guns to immigration and health care.

It’s Time For GOP Leadership To Stop Letting Democrats Stall Judicial Nominations

Every four-year term, a president appoints around a fifth of the judiciary. They continue shaping our world long after the president who appointed them has left the White House.