Lincoln Caplan

Senior Research Scholar in Law

(spring term)


Lincoln Caplan is a Senior Research Scholar in Law at Yale Law School. He is the author of The Tenth Justice: The Solicitor General and the Rule of Law, Skadden: Power, Money and the Rise of an Empire, Up Against the Law: Affirmative Action and the Supreme Court, and other books about the law. 

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Contact Information


Yale Law School

P.O. Box 208215

New Haven, CT 06520

Education & Curriculum Vitae


J.D., Harvard Law School, 1976

Harvard Scholar, University of Cambridge, 1972–73

B.A. Harvard University, 1972

Courses Taught


  • Shaping Legal Opinions: Journalism and Clashes in Law
  • The Art of Argument: How to Write about the Law

Lincoln Caplan is a Senior Research Scholar in Law at Yale Law School. He is the author of The Tenth Justice: The Solicitor General and the Rule of Law, Skadden: Power, Money and the Rise of an Empire, Up Against the Law: Affirmative Action and the Supreme Court, and other books about the law. He is a regular contributor to the website of The New Yorker where he was a staff writer, to The American Scholar where he is a member of the editorial board, and to Harvard Magazine. He wrote about the Supreme Court as a member of the editorial board of The New York Times, was the editor and president of Legal Affairs magazine, and is a former Guggenheim Fellow and White House Fellow. His new book, American Justice 2016: the Political Supreme Court, about the Court’s 2015 Term, was published in October of 2016.

Saturday, December 31, 2016


The Growing Gap Between the U.S. and the International Anti-Death-Penalty Consensus—A Commentary by Lincoln Caplan

Lincoln Caplan is a Senior Research Scholar in Law at Yale Law School.

Wednesday, November 30, 2016


Will the Supreme Court Stop Texas from Executing the Intellectually Disabled?—A Commentary by Lincoln Caplan

Lincoln Caplan is the Truman Capote Visiting Lecturer in Law at Yale Law School.

Wednesday, September 14, 2016


Two Connecticut School Systems, for the Rich and Poor—A Commentary by Lincoln Caplan

Lincoln Caplan is the Truman Capote Visiting Lecturer in Law at Yale Law School.

Wednesday, June 1, 2016


Why a Brooklyn Judge Refused to Send a Drug Courier to Prison—A Commentary by Lincoln Caplan

Lincoln Caplan is the Truman Capote Visiting Lecturer in Law at Yale Law School.

Saturday, May 21, 2016


The End of the Open Market for Lethal-Injection Drugs—A Commentary by Lincoln Caplan

Lincoln Caplan is the Truman Capote Visiting Lecturer in Law at Yale Law School.

Monday, May 9, 2016


The Dangers of the Ever More Powerful Presidency—A Commentary by Lincoln Caplan

Lincoln Caplan is the Truman Capote Visiting Lecturer in Law at Yale Law School.

Monday, May 2, 2016


Virginians with a Felony Conviction Can Now Vote, But Getting a Job Is No Easier—A Commentary by Lincoln Caplan

Lincoln Caplan is the Truman Capote Visiting Lecturer in Law at Yale Law School.

Wednesday, April 20, 2016


Racial Discrimination and Capital Punishment: The Indefensible Death Sentence of Duane Buck—A Commentary by Lincoln Caplan

Lincoln Caplan is the Truman Capote Visiting Lecturer in Law at Yale Law School.

Wednesday, March 16, 2016


Merrick Garland, President Obama’s Sensible Supreme Court Choice—A Commentary by Lincoln Caplan

Lincoln Caplan is the Truman Capote Visiting Lecturer in Law.

Thursday, February 25, 2016


G.O.P. Obstructionism and the Supreme Court—A Commentary by Lincoln Caplan

Lincoln Caplan is the Truman Capote Visiting Lecturer in Law at Yale Law School.

Wednesday, December 9, 2015


Thurgood Marshall and the Need for Affirmative Action—A Commentary by Lincoln Caplan

Lincoln Caplan is the Truman Capote Visiting Lecturer in Law at Yale Law School.

Friday, December 4, 2015


The Death Penalty in Texas and a Conflict of Interest—A Commentary by Lincoln Caplan

Lincoln Caplan is the Truman Capote Visiting Lecturer in Law at Yale Law School.

Tuesday, November 17, 2015


Will the “Tobacco Strategy” Work Against Big Oil?—A Commentary by Lincoln Caplan

Lincoln Caplan is the Truman Capote Visiting Lecturer in Law at Yale Law School.

Wednesday, September 30, 2015


Richard Glossip and the End of the Death Penalty—A Commentary by Lincoln Caplan

Lincoln Caplan is the Truman Capote Visiting Lecturer in Law at Yale Law School.

Friday, August 14, 2015


A Strong Argument Against Capital Punishment—A Commentary by Lincoln Caplan

Lincoln Caplan is the Truman Capote Visiting Lecturer in Law at Yale Law School.

Friday, August 7, 2015


A Limited Victory for Voting Rights in Texas—A Commentary by Lincoln Caplan

Lincoln Caplan is the Truman Capote Visiting Lecturer in Law at Yale Law School.

Monday, July 27, 2015


Does the Supreme Court Need a Code of Conduct?—A Commentary by Lincoln Caplan

Lincoln Caplan is the Truman Capote Visiting Lecturer in Law at Yale Law School.

Tuesday, July 21, 2015


Scott Walker’s Wisconsin and the End of Campaign-Finance Law—A Commentary by Lincoln Caplan

Lincoln Caplan is the Truman Capote Visiting Lecturer in Law at Yale Law School.

Thursday, July 9, 2015


Lawyers and the Ick Factor—A Commentary by Lincoln Caplan

Lincoln Caplan is the Truman Capote Visiting Lecturer in Law at Yale Law School.

Tuesday, June 30, 2015


John Robert’s Court—A Commentary by Lincoln Caplan

Lincoln Caplan is the Truman Capote Visiting Lecturer in Law at Yale Law School.

Sunday, June 21, 2015


The Destruction of Defendants’ Rights—A Commentary by Lincoln Caplan

Lincoln Caplan is the Truman Capote Visiting Lecturer in Law at Yale Law School.

Tuesday, May 5, 2015


The Destruction of the Wisconsin Supreme Court—A Commentary by Lincoln Caplan

Lincoln Caplan is the Truman Capote Visiting Lecturer in Law at Yale Law School.

Friday, April 17, 2015


The Junior Justice—A Commentary by Lincoln Caplan

Lincoln Caplan is the Truman Capote Visiting Lecturer in Law at Yale Law School.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015


The Death Penalty Deserves the Death Penalty—A Commentary by Lincoln Caplan

Lincoln Caplan is the Truman Capote Visiting Lecturer in Law at Yale Law School.

Monday, March 2, 2015


The Embattled First Amendment—A Commentary by Lincoln Caplan

Lincoln Caplan is the Truman Capote Visiting Lecturer in Law at Yale Law School. 

Friday, February 27, 2015


Anthony Lewis: What He Learned at Harvard Law School—A Commentary by Lincoln Caplan

Lincoln Caplan is the Truman Capote Visiting Lecturer in Law at Yale Law School. 

Wednesday, January 7, 2015


The Hinckley Example Shows Fairness Is Possible—A Commentary by Lincoln Caplan

Lincoln Caplan is the Truman Capote Visiting Lecturer in Law at Yale Law School. 

Tuesday, January 6, 2015


The Supreme Court’s Advocacy Gap—A Commentary by Lincoln Caplan

Lincoln Caplan is the Truman Capote Visiting Lecturer in Law at Yale Law School.