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Elizabeth B. Wydra


Elizabeth WydraElizabeth is Constitutional Accountability Center’s President. From 2008-2016, she served as CAC's Chief Counsel, representing the Center as well as clients including preeminent constitutional scholars and historians, state and local government organizations, and groups such as the League of Women Voters and the AARP. She frequently participates in Supreme Court litigation and her legal brief writing has been recognized as “exemplary” by the Green Bag Almanac & Reader. Elizabeth has also argued several important cases in the federal courts of appeals on a range of issues, including immigration law, habeas corpus, and sovereign immunity. She joined CAC from private practice at Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan in San Francisco, where she was an attorney working with former Stanford Law School Dean Kathleen Sullivan in the firm’s Supreme Court/appellate practice. Previously, Elizabeth was a supervising attorney and teaching fellow at the Georgetown University Law Center appellate litigation clinic, a law clerk for Judge James R. Browning of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, and a lawyer at Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman, a law firm in Washington. She has appeared as a legal expert for NBC, ABC, PBS, CNN, Fox News, the BBC, Current TV, and NPR, among other outlets. Elizabeth has been quoted extensively in the print media and is a regular contributor to the ABA’s Preview of United States Supreme Court Cases. Her writings have appeared in The New York Times, Reuters, USA Today, Politico,, Slate, and on numerous political and legal blogs, such as Huffington Post, SCOTUSblog, and ACSblog. She has also published in the UCLA Journal of Environmental Law & Policy, Syracuse Law Review, The Cato Institute’s Supreme Court Review, and the Yale Journal of International Law. Elizabeth is a graduate of Yale Law School.

Selected Broadcast Appearances

January 13, 2017: appearing on KCRW's To The Point with guests Peter Nicholas, David Rivkin, and David Greenberg to discuss Trump's many conflicts of interests and the Constitution's Emoluments Clause.

November 9, 2016: appearing on NBC Nightly News to discuss how Donald Trump's Supreme Court nomination will impact the Court's stance on reproductive rights.

June 28, 2016: appearing on C-SPAN's Washington Journal to review key Supreme Court decisions from the 2015-16 term and how the divided court functioned with eight justices.

March 3, 2016: appearing on FOX News' Special Report with host Bret Baier to discuss the current Supreme Court vacancy and potential political implications for Senate Republicans.

February 15, 2016: appearing on PBS Newshour with Jeffrey Brown to discuss Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia's legacy, along with Jeffrey Rosen of the National Constitution Center and Ed Whelan of the Ethics and Public Policy Center.

February 14, 2016: appearing on CNN's Newsroom with host Jim Sciutto and Supreme Court Reporter Ariane de Vogue to discuss Justice Antonin Scalia's legacy and his impact on the Supreme Court.

June 25, 2012: appearing on MSNBC's Jansing & Company to discuss the Supreme Court's ruling in the Arizona SB 1070 case.