Elizabeth Slattery

Senior Legal Fellow & Deputy Director, Center for the Separation of Powers DC

Elizabeth Slattery is a senior legal fellow and deputy director of PLF’s Center for the Separation of Powers. She’s an evangelist for the separation of powers, spreading the good news about the Constitution’s greatest protection for Americans’ individual liberties.

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, SCOTUSblog, National Review Online, and many other outlets. She has testified before Congress and is a frequent legal commentator in print, radio, and television. As creator and former host of a popular podcast about the Supreme Court, she captivated listeners around the world with her interviews and trivia segments.

Elizabeth is also one of the authors of PLF’s recent report “The Regulatory State’s Due Process Deficits.”

Elizabeth previously worked at The Heritage Foundation and is a member of The Federalist Society’s Civil Rights Practice Group Executive Committee, the Maryland State Advisory Committee of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, and the American Bar Association’s Public Education Division.

She’s a graduate of Xavier University, where she studied history and music 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, playing Jeopardy! with her husband, and (in a nod to her Kentucky roots) drinking bourbon.



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November 13, 2020

The Federalist: Philadelphia foster care case challenges Justice Scalia’s most controversial opinion

On Nov. 4, the Supreme Court heard oral argument in Fulton v. City of Philadelphia, a challenge to the city's exclusion of Catholic Social Services from participation in the foster care system due to its views on same-sex behavior. This may sound like a run-of-the-mill battle in the culture war, but there's a lot more ...

November 11, 2020

Amy Coney Barrett, in her own words

Earlier this year, I had the pleasure of interviewing Amy Coney Barrett for The Heritage Foundation’s SCOTUS 101 podcast about life, the law, and being a judge, professor, and mother all at the same time. My interview with then-Judge Barrett took place before she was nominated to the United States Supreme Court. This article originally ...

November 09, 2020

The Hill: ObamaCare and the saddest kind of dissent

Judges write dissenting opinions for all kinds of reasons — to create a roadmap for future challenges, to register their protest, or to persuade their colleagues over time. The best dissents are the ones that never see the light of day because they are so persuasive and they become the majority. And perhaps the saddest ...

October 08, 2020

Cases to watch this upcoming Supreme Court term

The first Monday in October marked the opening of a new Supreme Court term. The Justices returned this week to conduct oral arguments by phone, as they had last spring. And aside from the phone line going dead for about a minute during argument on Tuesday, the Court and court watchers alike are settling into ...

October 06, 2020

The Detroit News: How a Supreme Court with eight justices works

The passing of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg just weeks before the start of the Supreme Court's 2020-21 term has left many wondering: What happens when there's an eight-member court? We don't have to look back far to find the answer. The court soldiered on from February 2016 until April 2017 with eight justices after the ...

September 19, 2020

Fox News: Ruth Bader Ginsburg was a lioness of the law

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who served for 27 years on the U.S. Supreme Court, passed away on Friday. When her longtime friend and fellow opera fan, Justice Antonin Scalia, died in 2016, Ginsburg lamented that the court would be a "paler place" without her ideological opponent and debate partner. The court will be an even ...