Associate Professor of Law (on leave)
Carolyn Shapiro is currently on leave from the faculty to serve as Illinois Solicitor General. She is the founder and former director of IIT Chicago-Kent's Institute on the Supreme Court of the United States (ISCOTUS). Her scholarship is largely focused on the Supreme Court, its relationship to other courts, and its role in our constitutional democracy, as well as on employment law. She teaches classes in legislation, employment law, work and family, and public interest law and policy.
Professor Shapiro earned a B.A. with general and special honors in English from the University of Chicago, an M.A. from the University of Chicago Harris Graduate School of Public Policy, and a J.D. (high honors) from the University of Chicago Law School, where she was articles editor of the University of Chicago Law Review and a member of the Order of the Coif.
After law school, Professor Shapiro was a law clerk for Chief Judge Richard A. Posner of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit and for Justice Stephen G. Breyer of the U.S. Supreme Court. Prior to coming to IIT Chicago-Kent in 2003, she worked as an associate with Miner, Barnhill & Galland, where she handled plaintiff civil rights cases, and as a Skadden Fellow with the National Center on Poverty Law.