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Elizabeth B. Wydra

Chief Counsel

Elizabeth WydraElizabeth is Constitutional Accountability Center’s chief counsel, representing the Center as well as clients including preeminent constitutional scholars and historians, state and local government organizations, and groups such as the League of Women Voters and the AARP.  She frequently participates in Supreme Court litigation and her legal brief writing has been recognized as “exemplary” by the Green Bag Almanac & Reader.  Elizabeth has also argued several important cases in the federal courts of appeals on a range of issues, including immigration law, habeas corpus, and sovereign immunity.  She joined CAC from private practice at Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan 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 Ninth Circuit, and a lawyer at Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman, a law firm in Washington.  She has appeared as a legal expert for NBC, ABC, CNN, Fox News, the BBC, Current TV, and NPR, among other outlets.  Elizabeth has been quoted extensively in the print media and is a regular contributor to the ABA’s Preview of United States Supreme Court Cases.  Her writings have appeared in the New York Times, Reuters, USA Today, Politico,, Slate, and on numerous political and legal blogs, such as Huffington Post, SCOTUSblog, and ACSblog.  She has also published in the UCLA Journal of Environmental Law & Policy, Syracuse Law Review, The Cato Institute’s Supreme Court 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 Countdown with Keith Olbermann, December 12, 2011: