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Elizabeth B. Wydra

Chief Counsel

Elizabeth is Constitutional Accountability Center’s Chief Counsel.  Elizabeth frequently participates in Supreme Court litigation and has argued several important cases in the federal courts of appeals.  She joined CAC from private practice at Quinn Emanuel Urquhart Oliver & Hedges in San Francisco, where she was an attorney working with former Stanford Law School Dean Kathleen Sullivan in the firm’s Supreme Court/appellate practice. Previously, Elizabeth was a supervising attorney and teaching fellow at the Georgetown University Law Center appellate litigation clinic, a law clerk for Judge James R. Browning of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit and a lawyer at Shaw Pittman, a law firm in Washington DC.  Elizabeth has appeared on television as a legal expert for NBC, ABC, CNN, Fox News, and Fox Business Channel, and Current TV, and has appeared on NPR’s “All Things Considered” and nationally-syndicated radio programs.  She has been quoted extensively in the print media and is a regular contributor to the American Bar Association’s Preview of United States Supreme Court Cases.  Her writings have appeared in Slate and on numerous political and legal blogs, such as Huffington Post, Grist, and ACSblog.  She has also published in the Syracuse Law Review and the Yale Journal of International Law.  Elizabeth is a graduate of Yale Law School.

Selected Broadcast Appearances
*  Discussing the Hobby Lobby contraception mandate decision by the Supreme Court on the PBS NewsHour, June 30, 2014 (interview begins at about 6:58)
*  Discussing the McCutcheon campaign finance challenge at the Supreme Court on the Bill Press Show, October 9, 2013 (scroll to 02:36:30 to watch the interview):
*  Discussing the beginning of the new Supreme Court term on FOX News Channel, June 23, 2013:
*  Discussing victory in the Arizona Inter-Tribal case at the Supreme Court on FOX News Channel, June 17, 2013:

*  Discussing the Voting Rights Act challenge at the Supreme Court on FOX News Channel, February 24, 2013:
*  Discussing the affirmative action case pending before the Supreme Court on FOX News Channel, October 7, 2012:
*  Discussing the stakes for possible Supreme Court vacancies on CNN, September 30, 2012: 

*  Discussing the Supreme Court's decision in the Arizona SB 1070 case on MSNBC, June 25, 2012:

*  Discussing health care reform's minimum coverage provision on CNN, March 25, 2012 (at about 01:32):

*  Discussing health care reform's minimum coverage provision on FOX News Channel, August 21, 2011:


*  Discussing the question of severability in the health care reform case on FOX Business, March 28, 2012 (at about 00:34):

*  Discussing the constitutional challenge to SB 1070 in the U.S. Supreme Court on Current TV, December 12, 2011 (at about 29:33):