Kate Shaw

Assistant Professor of Law


B.A. 2001, Brown University
J.D. 2006, Northwestern University

Areas of Expertise

Election Law
Elements of Law


Before joining Cardozo, Professor Shaw worked in the White House Counsel’s Office as a Special Assistant to the President and Associate Counsel to the President. She clerked for Justice John Paul Stevens of the U.S. Supreme Court and Judge Richard A. Posner of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit.


She graduated with a B.A. magna cum laude from Brown University and with a J.D. magna cum laude and Order of the Coif from Northwestern University, where she served as the Editor-in-Chief of the Northwestern University Law Review. Professor Shaw’s teaching and research interests include constitutional law; legislation; executive power and the separation of powers; federal courts; the Supreme Court; election law; and gender and sexual orientation and the law. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in the Northwestern University Law Review, the Columbia Law Review, and the Georgetown Law Journal.


Abortion, Informed Consent, and Regulatory Spillover, 91 INDIANA L. J. __ (forthcoming 2016) (with Alex Stein)


Friends of the Court: Evaluating the Supreme Court's Amicus Invitations, 101 Cornell L. Rev. ___ (forthcoming 2016)


Constitutional Nondefense in the States, 114 COLUM. L. REV. 213 (2014)


Through A Glass, Darkly: The Rhetoric and Reality of Campaign Finance Disclosure, 102 Geo. L.J. 1443 (2014) (with Jennifer A. Heerwig)


Reflections on OT 07, 106 NW. U. L. REV. 833 (2012) (solicited symposium essay)


Comment, Invoking the Penalty, 100 NW. U. L. REV. 1439 (2006)

Contact Information


Cardozo School of Law
55 Fifth Avenue, Room 940
New York, NY 10003

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