Carolyn Shapiro

Professor of Law, Associate Dean for Academic Administration and Strategic Initiatives, and Founder & Co-Director, Institute on the Supreme Court of the United States (ISCOTS), Chicago-Kent College of Law; Former Illinois Solicitor General 

Carolyn Shapiro is the founder and co-director of Chicago-Kent's Institute on the Supreme Court of the United States (ISCOTUS). Her scholarship is largely focused on the Supreme Court, its relationship to other courts and institutions, and its role in our constitutional democracy. She teaches classes in legislation and statutory interpretation, constitutional law, employment law, and public interest law and policy.

From 2014 through mid-2016, Carolyn took a leave of absence from Chicago-Kent to serve as Illinois solicitor general. She has argued cases in the U.S. Supreme Court, the Seventh Circuit, the Illinois Supreme Court, and the Illinois Appellate Courts.

Carolyn Shapiro blogs at ISCOTUSnow (which she also co-edits) and on the Chicago-Kent Faculty Blog and CK Now, and she also posts on Huffington Post and as a guest blogger at the American Constitution Society Blog. Professor Shapiro is also a member of the Board of Advisors for the Chicago Lawyers' Chapter of the American Constitution Society.

She earned a B.A. with general and special honors in English from the University of Chicago, an M.A. from the University of Chicago Harris Graduate School of Public Policy, and a J.D. (high honors) from the University of Chicago Law School, where she was articles editor of the University of Chicago Law Review and a member of the Order of the Coif. Carolyn was a law clerk for then-Chief 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.


ACS Member News: February 2023

March 9, 2023


ACS Member News: November 2022

December 1, 2022


ACS Member News: September 2022

October 5, 2022



Democracy’s Moment of Truth

August 31, 2022


ACS Member News: August 2022

August 8, 2022



State AG Council of Advisors

June 29, 2021


Equal Rights Amendment

February 25, 2020


Kent Law Supreme Court Preview

October 15, 2019


Supreme Court with Justice Kavanaugh

October 18, 2018


Member News: Week of September 24, 2018

September 28, 2018



Past State AG Events

May 23, 2018



State AG Events

April 10, 2018



Courts Matter 101

May 2, 2017



2016-2017 Supreme Court Preview

September 21, 2016


2014-2015 Student Chapter of the Week

September 23, 2015



Past CBM Competition Winners

September 19, 2018