Kate Shaw

Professor of Law


B.A. 2001, Brown University
J.D. 2006, Northwestern University

Areas of Expertise

Administrative Law
Constitutional Law
Election Law
Elements of Law


Kate Shaw is a Professor of Law and the Co-Director of the Floersheimer Center for Constitutional Democracy. Before joining Cardozo, Professor Shaw worked in the White House Counsel’s Office as a Special Assistant to the President and Associate Counsel to the President. She clerked for Justice John Paul Stevens of the U.S. Supreme Court and Judge Richard A. Posner of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit.


She graduated with a B.A. magna cum laude from Brown University and with a J.D. magna cum laude and Order of the Coif from Northwestern University, where she served as the Editor-in-Chief of the Northwestern University Law Review and won the John Paul Stevens Award. Professor Shaw’s teaching and research interests include constitutional law, legislation, administrative law, the Supreme Court, election law, and gender and sexual orientation and the law. Her scholarly work has appeared, among other places, in the Northwestern University Law Review, the Columbia Law Review, the Cornell Law Review, the Texas Law Review, and the Georgetown Law Journal, and her popular writing has appeared in the N.Y. Times, Slate, and the Take Care blog. She also serves as a contributor with ABC News, and is a Public Member of the Administrative Conference of the United States (ACUS). 


Speech, Intent, and the President, __ Cornell L. Rev. __ (forthcoming 2018)


Beyond the Bully Pulpit: Presidential Speech in the Courts, 96 Tex. L. Rev.. 71 (2017) [SSRN]


Friends of the Court: Evaluating the Supreme Court's Amicus Invitations, 101 Cornell L. Rev. 1533 (2016) [SSRN


Abortion, Informed Consent, and Regulatory Spillover, 91 Indiana L. J. (2016) (with Alex Stein) [SSRN]


Through A Glass, Darkly: The Rhetoric and Reality of Campaign Finance Disclosure, 102 Geo. L.J. 1443 (2014) (with Jennifer A. Heerwig) [SSRN]


Constitutional Nondefense in the States, 113 Colum. L. Rev. 213 (2014) [SSRN]




The Lost History of the Millionaire's Amendment, 16 Election L. J. 1 (2017)


State Administrative Constitutionalism, 69 Ark. L. Rev. 527 (2016) (symposium contribution) [SSRN]


Taking Disclosure Seriously, Yale Law & Policy Review Inter Alia (2016) (symposium essay) [SSRN]


Reflections on OT 07, 106 NW. U. L. REV. 833 (2012) (symposium essay)


Comment, Invoking the Penalty, 100 NW. U. L. REV. 1439 (2006)