Caroline Fredrickson served as the President of the American Constitution Society from 2009-2019, where she helped grow ACS, which now has lawyer chapters across the country, student chapters in nearly every law school in the United States, and thousands of members throughout the nation. She was an eloquent spokesperson for ACS and the progressive movement on issues such as civil and human rights, judicial nominations and the importance of the courts in America, marriage equality, voting rights, the role of money in politics, labor law, and anti-discrimination efforts, rule of law, congressional oversight, and separation of powers, among others. This fall, she will join Georgetown Law as a Visiting Professor.
Fredrickson has published works on many legal and constitutional issues and is a frequent guest on television and radio, including serving as a regular on-air commentator on impeachment. In addition, she regularly contributes opinion pieces for The New York Times, The Washington Post, and other news outlets. She is also the author of 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 most recently, The AOC Way.
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, co-chair of the National Constitution Center’s Coalition of Freedom Advisory Board, a member of If/When/How’s Advisory Board, and on the boards of American Oversight and the National Institute of Money and Politics. In 2015 Fredrickson was appointed a member of the Yale Les Aspin Fellowship Committee.
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.
Contributions to Law Reviews and Other Scholarly Journals
"Fact-checking the filubuster's racial history," coverage by Roll Call, March 24, 2021, featuring Distinguished Visitor from Practice Caroline Fredrickson.
"Making Senators Pay a Price for Filibustering," an opinion piece in the Brennan Center for Justice by Distinguished Visitor from Practice Caroline Fredrickson, March 16, 2021.
"How to Prevent Abuse of the President’s Pardon Power," an opinion piece in the Brennan Center for Justice by Distinguished Visitor from Practice Caroline Fredrickson, February 24, 2021.
"Abolishing the filibuster: With Dems in control of the Senate, is it time?," an opinion piece in The Philadelphia Inquirer by Distinguished Visitor from Practice Caroline Fredrickson and Congressional Institute President Mark Strand, January 22, 2021.