Caroline Fredrickson is a Distinguished Visiting Professor from Practice at Georgetown Law and a Senior Fellow at the Brennan Center for Justice. She served as the President of the American Constitution Society from 2009-2019. In 2021, she was appointed a member of the President’s Commission on the Supreme Court of the United States. Fredrickson is also the leader of the Progressive Team for the National Constitution Center’s Constitution Drafting Project and a Senior Congressional Fellow at the Stennis Center.
Before joining ACS, Fredrickson served as the Director of the ACLU’s Washington Legislative Office and as General Counsel and Legal Director of NARAL Pro-Choice America. In addition, she served as the Chief of Staff to Senator Maria Cantwell, of Washington, and Deputy Chief of Staff to then-Senate Democratic Leader Tom Daschle, of South Dakota. During the Clinton Administration, she served as Special Assistant to the President for Legislative Affairs.
Fredrickson is currently an elected member of the American Law Institute. Fredrickson received her J.D. from Columbia Law School with honors and her B.A. from Yale University in Russian and East European Studies summa cum laude, phi beta kappa. She clerked for the Hon. James L. Oakes of the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. After her clerkship, she spent a year in Germany as a Fellow of the Bosch Foundation where she examined German labor and employment laws.
Fredrickson is a frequent guest on television and radio and regularly contributes to The New York Times, The Washington Post, and other news outlets, as well as many law reviews and legal publications. She is also the author of “La Cour Supreme, Le Pouvoir Supreme,” “Under The Bus: How Working Women Are Being Run Over,” “The Democracy Fix: How to Win the Fight for Fair Rules, Fair Courts, and Fair Elections,” and The AOC Way. She has taught courses in law and politics in France, the Republic of Georgia, and Russia.
Contributions to Law Reviews and Other Scholarly Journals
"Supreme Court weighs whether government officials can block people on social media," coverage in WKRG News 5, October 31, 2023, featuring Distinguished Visitor from Practice Caroline Fredrickson.
"We Don’t Talk About Leonard: The Man Behind the Right’s Supreme Court Supermajority," coverage in ProPublica, October 12, 2023, featuring Distinguished Visitor from Practice Caroline Fredrickson.
"Biden’s Recent Court Picks Diverge From Progressive Strategy" coverage in Bloomberg Law, August 31, 2023, featuring Distinguished Visitor from Practice Caroline Fredrickson.
"John Roberts Takes Control on Voting Rights," an opinion piece by Distinguished Visitor from Practice Caroline Fredrickson, in Just Security, August 11, 2023.