Elizabeth Slattery

Director of Constitutional Scholarship |

As director of Constitutional Scholarship, Elizabeth Slattery leads a team that incubates and promotes legal theories among elite legal audiences to prepare the ground for courts and policymakers to uphold the rule of law, consistent with Pacific Legal Foundation’s vision of the Constitution. The team produces cutting-edge scholarship, testifies before state and federal policymakers, and appears in a variety of media.

Elizabeth’s scholarship focuses on the separation of powers, for which she’s an ardent evangelist, spreading the good news about the Constitution’s greatest protection for individual liberty. Elizabeth has written for the Harvard Journal of Law & Public Policy, the Cato Supreme Court Review, and The Federalist Society Review, among other publications, and her work on the need to end improper judicial deference to federal regulators was cited by Justice Neil Gorsuch. Her opinion pieces have appeared in The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, National Review Online, SCOTUSblog, and many other outlets. She has testified before Congress and is a frequent legal commentator in print, radio, and television.

A Supreme Court superfan, Elizabeth has a passion for educating others about our nation’s highest court. To that end, she has created, produced, and hosted two hit podcasts about the Supreme Court, and her newest project, www.scotusladies.com, chronicles what’s happening at the Supreme Court.

Elizabeth is an active member of the Federalist Society’s Federalism & Separation of Powers Executive Committee and the American Bar Association’s Standing Committee on Public Education Division and Administrative Law and Regulatory Practice Council. She’s a graduate of Xavier University, where she studied history, music, and the classics, and where the Jesuits taught her to question everything. She received her J.D. from George Mason University’s Antonin Scalia Law School.

In her free time, you can find Elizabeth chasing her two young sons, reading historical fiction, rating pizzas on Instagram, and (in a nod to her Kentucky roots) drinking bourbon.