Nicholas Quinn Rosenkranz teaches constitutional law and federal jurisdiction, and he writes articles for the Harvard Law Review and the Stanford Law Review.
He is currently developing a new theory of constitutional interpretation and judicial review. The first installment, entitled The Subjects of the Constitution, was published in the Stanford Law Review in May of 2010, and it is among the most downloaded articles about constitutional interpretation, judicial review, and/or federal courts in the history of SSRN. The second installment, The Objects of the Constitution, was published in May of 2011, also in the Stanford Law Review. And the comprehensive version is forthcoming as a book by Oxford University Press.
Rosenkranz has served and advised the federal government in a variety of capacities. He clerked for Judge Frank H. Easterbrook on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit (1999-2000) and for Justice Anthony M. Kennedy at the U.S. Supreme Court (October Term 2001). He served as an Attorney-Advisor at the Office of Legal Counsel in the U.S. Department of Justice (November 2002 – July 2004). He often testifies before Congress as a constitutional expert—most recently before the House Financial Services Oversight Subcommittee, regarding the Obama Administration’s use of bank settlement agreements to circumvent the Appropriations Clause. He has also filed briefs and presented oral argument before the U.S. Supreme Court. His most recent Supreme Court brief, in Los Angeles v. Patel, was cited by Justice Alito in dissent.
Rosenkranz is a member of the New York Bar and the U.S. Supreme Court Bar. He is a Senior Fellow at the Cato Institute. He serves on the Board of Directors of the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE). He is a founding member of Heterodox Academy and a member of its Executive Committee. He also serves on the Board of Directors of the Federalist Society and as the faculty advisor to the Georgetown chapter.
U.S. Supreme Court Briefs
"Meet the Conservative Activist Who Plays Critical Role in Supreme Court Picks; Leonard Leo, a leader in the Federalist Society, advocates for unflinching conservatives, and he has Trump's ear," coverage by the Wall Street Journal, July 2, 2018, mentioning Professor Nicholas Quinn Rosenkrantz.
"The Right to Listen: Free Speech #2," Palo Alto Online, June 14, 2018, quoting Professor Nicholas Quinn Rosenkranz.
"Reports: Trump Aims to Fill NY's Federal Bench Vacancies," coverage in the New York Law Journal, August 9, 2017, featuring Professor Nicholas Rosenkranz.
"Our own Nick Rosenkranz mentioned as a possible 2nd Circuit nominee," coverage in The Washington Post, August 8, 2017, featuring Professor Nick Rosenkranz.