Carolyn Shapiro is a Professor of Law and Associate Dean for Academic Administration and Strategic Initiatives at Chicago-Kent College of Law, where she is also the founder and co-director of Chicago-Kent's Institute on the Supreme Court of the United States (ISCOTUS), and the faculty director of the Constitutional Democracy Project, a civic education initiative. Professor Shapiro’s scholarship is largely focused on the Supreme Court, its relationship to other courts and institutions, and its role in our constitutional democracy, as well as on other structural constitutional matters. She teaches classes in constitutional law, legislation and statutory interpretation, and public interest law and policy, and she directs the Chicago-Kent Public Interest Certificate Program.
Professor Shapiro attended the University of Chicago Law School. After graduating, she served as a law clerk for Judge Richard A. Posner of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit and for Justice Stephen G. Breyer of the United States Supreme Court. Before joining the faculty at Chicago-Kent in 2003, she held a Skadden Fellowship at the Shriver National Center on Poverty Law and worked in private practice at a plaintiff’s side civil rights firm. From 2014 through mid-2016, she took a leave of absence from Chicago-Kent to serve as Illinois Solicitor General in the office of Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan. Professor Shapiro maintains a small appellate practice and is Of Counsel to Schnapper-Casteras PLLC.