Steven Calabresi

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Steven Calabresi is George C. Dix Professor of Law at Northwestern University. He is a cofounder of the Federalist Society and is current chairman of its board. Recently, he has contributed to debate at Politico magazine, as well as continued legal publications.

Recent comments

Civilian trial of 9-11 defendants

He supports the decision of Eric Holder and Barack Obama to conduct U.S. v. Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, et al. in a civilian court, based on his interpretation of Constitutional separation of powers. Only the Judiciary, he believes, has the power to punish; the military's own courts are an exception required for the maintenance of discipline among the armed services. [1]

Mandatory healthcare insurance

Provisions for mandatory insurance coverage, in H.R. 3962 are, according to Calabresi, unconstitutional. [2]

Pre-academic work

He was a speechwriter and legal advisor in the Ronald Reagan and George H. W. Bush Administrations, and a research associate at the American Enterprise Institute.


  • BA cum laude, Yale University, 1980
  • JD, Yale University, 1983
  • Law Clerk, Hon. Antonin Scalia, U.S. Supreme Court, 1987-88


  1. Steven Calabresi (17 November 2009), Obama has lived up to his oath of office by scheduling these trials before a life-tenured judge and jury, The Arena: Has Obama "bet his presidency," as Pat Buchanan says, on the outcome of the terror trials in NYC?
  2. Steven Calabresi (18 September 2009), Yes, Mandatory healthcare insurance is unconstitutional, The Arena: Healthcare: Is "mandatory insurance" unconstitutional?