Irv Gornstein


Executive Director, Supreme Court Institute, Visiting Professor of Law

B.G.S., University of Michigan; J.D., Boston University

Areas of Expertise:

Constitutional Law

Professor Gornstein is the Executive Director of the Supreme Court Institute and a Visiting Professor at Georgetown Law Center. He previously worked at O’Melveny &...

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Professor Gornstein is the Executive Director of the Supreme Court Institute and a Visiting Professor at Georgetown Law Center. He previously worked at O’Melveny & Myers in the firm’s appellate practice, specializing in Supreme Court litigation. He was also a Lecturer at the Harvard Law School Appellate Advocacy Clinic. Before that, Professor Gornstein worked in the Department of Justice, first in the Appellate Section of the Civil Rights Division and then at the Solicitor General’s Office. Professor Gornstein has argued 36 cases in the Supreme Court and more than 30 cases in the courts of appeals. He has been recognized as one of the leading appellate lawyers in Chambers USA.

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"The Student Aid Funds Case and the Garland Nomination," coverage in The New American, May 18, 2016, featuring Visiting Professor Irv Gornstein.

100 Oral Arguments: How A DOJ Atty Made High Court History,” coverage in Law 360, May 9, 2016, quoting Visiting Professor Irv Gornstein, executive director Supreme Court Institute.

"Supreme Court struggles with just eight justices," coverage by USA Today, April 2, 2016, quoting Irv Gornstein, Executive Director of the Supreme Court Institute.

After Scalia: The Supreme Court goes back to work amid uncertainty,” coverage in the ABA Journal, April 1, 2016, quoting Professor Irving L. Gornstein.

Supreme Court struggles with just eight justices,” coverage in USA Today, March 31, 2016, quoting Professor Irv Gornstein, Supreme Court Institute executive director.

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"The Student Aid Funds Case and the Garland Nomination," coverage in The New American, May 18, 2016, featuring Visiting Professor Irv Gornstein.

100 Oral Arguments: How A DOJ Atty Made High Court History,” coverage in Law 360, May 9, 2016, quoting Visiting Professor Irv Gornstein, executive director Supreme Court Institute.

"Supreme Court struggles with just eight justices," coverage by USA Today, April 2, 2016, quoting Irv Gornstein, Executive Director of the Supreme Court Institute.

After Scalia: The Supreme Court goes back to work amid uncertainty,” coverage in the ABA Journal, April 1, 2016, quoting Professor Irving L. Gornstein.

Supreme Court struggles with just eight justices,” coverage in USA Today, March 31, 2016, quoting Professor Irv Gornstein, Supreme Court Institute executive director.

"Garland often deferential to executive branch, opinions suggest," coverage in The Herald, March 18, 2016, featuring Visiting Professor Irving Gornstein.

Analysis Supreme Court nominee Merrick Garland has a record of restraint, not activism,” coverage in The Los Angeles Times, March 18, 2016, quoting Professor Irving Gornstein.

"Scalia’s death flips Supreme Court dynamics, hurts conservative hopes," coverage in The Washington Post, February 14, 2016, featuring Visiting Professor Irv Gornstein.

"Nonunion teachers seek relief from paying fees for collective bargaining," coverage the ABA Journal, January 1, 2016, featuring Visiting Professor Irving Gornstein.

As Supreme Court term begins, prospect of a gay-marriage ruling looms large,” in the Washington Post, Oct. 4, 2015, quoting Visiting Professor Irv Gornstein, executive director of the Supreme Court Institute.

Supreme Court faces politically charged election-year docket,” coverage by Washington Post, Oct. 4, 2015, with similar stories on ABC News, National Law Journal and others, quoting Visiting Professor Irv Gornstein, executive director of the Supreme Court Institute.

"Supreme Court faces tough choices, familiar problems in new term," coverage in McClatchy DC, October 2, 2015, featuring Visiting Professor Irv Gornstein, executive director of the Supreme Court Institute.

"Affirmative Action, Labor Unions, Voting: Conservative Pushback in New Term?," coverage in The National Law Journal, September 30, 2015, featuring Visiting Professor Irv Gornstein, executive director of the Supreme Court Institute.

"Abortion Clinic, Privacy Cases Wait in Wings at High Court," coverage by Law.com, September 27, 2015, featuring Visiting Professor Irv Gornstein, executive director, Supreme Court Institute.

"Waiting in Wings for the Supreme Court: Cases to Watch," National Law Journal, September 24, 2015, quoting Visiting Professor Irving Gornstein, executive director of the Supreme Court Institute.

"Supreme Court's End-of-Summer Conference: Where Appeals 'Go to Die'," coverage in the New York Times, featuring teaching fellow Shon Hopwood and Visiting Professor Irv Gornstein, executive director of the Supreme Court Institute, August 31, 2015.  

"Conservative overreach may explain liberal victories in Supreme Court," coverage in The Los Angeles Times, July 2, 2015, featuring Visiting Professor Irv Gornstein, executive director of the Supreme Court Institute. 

"How D.C. Judges Learned about the Same-Sex Marriage Ruling," National Law Journal, June 26, 2015, featuring Visiting Professor Irv Gornstein, executive director of the Supreme Court Institute. 

"How will history judge Obama? Courts may decide," coverage in The Los Angeles Times, June 10, 2015, featuring Visiting Professor Irv Gornstein, executive director of the Supreme Court Institute.

Supreme Court hears lots of interpretations of what it just said,” coverage in the Washington Post, April 5, 2015, quoting Visiting Professor Irv Gornstein, executive director, Supreme Court Institute.

"Marriage Showdown Seems Inevitable," coverage in The National Law Journal, November 10, 2014, quoting Visiting Professor Irv Gornstein, executive director of the Supreme Court Institute.

"Health overhaul’s subsidies at Supreme Court," coverage in the Washington Times, October 29, 2014, quoting Visiting Professor Irv Gornstein, executive director of the Supreme Court Institute.

"Supreme Court’s actions are monumental, but the why of its reasoning often missing," Washington Post, October 12, 2014, quoting Visiting Professor Irving Gornstein, executive director of the Supreme Court Institute.

"Will the Supreme Court Rule on Same-Sex Marriage This Term?," coverage in Wall Street Cheat Sheet, October 6, 2014, featuring Visiting Professor Irving L. Gornstein, executive director of the Supreme Court Institute.

"Supreme Court could leave legacy of gay rights," coverage in Bangor Daily News, October 5, 2014, featuring Visiting Professor Irving Gornstein, executive director of the Supreme Court Institute.

"Gay Marriage and 6 Other Big Issues on Supreme Court Agenda," September 29, 2014, coverage on ABC News and multiple other news outlets such as the Boston Pilot and the Centre Daily Times, features Georgetown Law Professors David Cole and Neal Katyal, and Irv Gornstein, executive director of the Supreme Court Institute. 

"Advocates Waiting for Supreme Court Action on Marriage," coverage in The National Law Journal, September 24, 2014, featuring Irv Gornstein, executive director of the Supreme Court Institute and Professor David Cole.

"Roberts’s Incremental Approach Frustrates Supreme Court Allies," New York Times, July 14, 2014, quoting Professor David Cole and Visiting Professor Irv Gornstein, executive director of the Supreme Court Institute.

"Upcoming Supreme Court cases are weighty, if not numerous," coverage in the Washington Post, January 12, 2014, featuring Visiting Professor Irving L. Gornstein, Director of the Supreme Court Institute at Georgetown Law Center.

"As Social Media Swirl Around It, Supreme Court Sticks to Its Analog Ways," coverage in the New York Times, June 23, 2013, featuring Visiting Professor Irv Gornstein, executive director of the Georgetown Law Supreme Court Institute.

"Law Enforcement Celebrates Supreme Court's DNA Ruling," coverage on NPR's "Morning Edition," June 4, 2013, featuring Visiting Professor Irv Gornstein, executive director of the Georgetown Law Supreme Court Institute

"Supreme Court Rules DNA Can be Taken After Arrest," coverage on NPR's "All Things Considered," June 3, 2013, featuring Visiting Professor Irv Gornstein, executive director of the Georgetown Law Supreme Court Institute

"Roberts' Rebukes of SG's Office: Pattern or Not?," coverage in the National Law Journal, December 10, 2012, featuring Visiting Professor Irv Gornstein, executive director of the Georgetown Law Supreme Court Institute.

"Health-Care Ruling Cloaked in Secrecy Spurs Guessing Game," coverage by Bloomberg, June 18, 2012, featuring Visiting Professor Irv Gornstein, executive director of the Supreme Court Institute.

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