Linda Greenhouse

Senior Research Scholar in Law, Knight Distinguished Journalist in Residence, and Joseph Goldstein Lecturer in Law

Linda Greenhouse is the Knight Distinguished Journalist in Residence and Joseph Goldstein Lecturer in Law at Yale Law School. She covered the Supreme Court for The New York Times between 1978 and 2008 and writes a biweekly column on law.


Contact Information

Yale Law School

P.O. Box 208215

New Haven, CT 06520

Education & Curriculum Vitae

M.S.L., Yale, 1978

B.A., Radcliffe College (Harvard), 1968

Courses Taught

  • The Institutional Supreme Court
  • Supreme Court Advocacy Clinic
  • Warren Burger's Supreme Court

Linda Greenhouse is the Knight Distinguished Journalist in Residence and Joseph Goldstein Lecturer in Law at Yale Law School. She covered the Supreme Court for The New York Times between 1978 and 2008 and writes a biweekly op-ed column on law as a contributing columnist. Ms. Greenhouse received several major journalism awards during her 40-year career at the Times, including the Pulitzer Prize (1998) and the Goldsmith Career Award for Excellence in Journalism from Harvard University’s Kennedy School (2004). In 2002, the American Political Science Association gave her its Carey McWilliams Award for “a major journalistic contribution to our understanding of politics.” Her books include a biography of Justice Harry A. Blackmun, Becoming Justice Blackmun; Before Roe v. Wade: Voices That Shaped the Abortion Debate Before the Supreme Court's Ruling (with Reva B. Siegel); and The U.S. Supreme Court, A Very Short Introduction, published by Oxford University Press in 2012. A new book, The Burger Court and the Rise of the Judicial Right, with Michael J. Graetz, will be published in 2016. Ms. Greenhouse is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, where she serves on the council, and is one of two non-lawyer honorary members elected to the American Law Institute, which in 2002 awarded her its Henry J. Friendly Medal. She is a vice president of the Council of the American Philosophical Society, which in 2005 awarded her its Henry Allen Moe Prize for writing in the humanities and jurisprudence. She has been awarded eleven honorary degrees. She is a 1968 graduate of Radcliffe College (Harvard), where she was elected to Phi Beta Kappa, and she currently serves on the Phi Beta Kappa national senate. She earned a Master of Studies in Law degree from Yale Law School (1978), which she attended on a Ford Foundation fellowship. She is married to Eugene R. Fidell, Florence Rogatz Lecturer in Law at Yale. Their daughter, Hannah, is a filmmaker in Los Angeles.

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Reaction: Supreme Court Rules on Health Care Law

Yale Law School faculty members and lecturers comment on the U.S. Supreme Court’s landmark ruling on the health care law.

Sunday, April 1, 2012

Linda Greenhouse ’78 MSL Named to List of Outstanding U.S. Journalists by NYU Journalism Faculty

Linda Greenhouse ’78 MSL has been selected one of “The 100 Outstanding Journalists in the United States in the Last 100 Years” by the journalism faculty at New York University.

Friday, January 14, 2011

Witness from Guantanamo—A Conversation with Carol Rosenberg and Linda Greenhouse ’78 MSL

A special event, “Witness from Guantanamo,” featuring Miami Herald staff writer Carol Rosenberg and YLS lecturer Linda Greenhouse ’78 MSL, will take place on January 25 at Yale Law School.

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Journalists Greenhouse and Lithwick Discuss How the Internet Has Affected Supreme Court Reporting

In a talk Oct. 26 at Yale Law School, Slate editor Dahlia Lithwick and YLS Knight Distinguished Journalist-in-Residence Linda Greenhouse ’78 MSL discussed how media coverage of the Supreme Court has changed.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Writing About the Supreme Court – A Conversation with Dahlia Lithwick and Linda Greenhouse ’78 MSL

A special event featuring Dahlia Lithwick, legal correspondent for Slate, in conversation with former New York Times Supreme Court reporter and YLS lecturer Linda Greenhouse ’78 MSL will take place on October 26 at Yale Law School.

Thursday, February 4, 2010

Media Freedom and Information Access Practicum Looks to Increase Government Transparency and Support the Public’s Right to Know

Yale Law School has announced the launch of the Media Freedom and Information Access Practicum.

Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Linda Greenhouse Returning To Yale Law School in 2009 as Journalist-in-Residence

Linda Greenhouse ’78 M.S.L., Pulitzer Prize-winning legal writer and Supreme Court reporter for The New York Times for the past three decades, will return to Yale Law School in January 2009 as the Knight Distinguished Journalist-in-Residence and Joseph Goldstein Senior Fellow.


The U.S. Supreme Court: A Very Short Introduction (Oxford, 2012)

Before Roe v. Wade: Voices That Shaped the Abortion Debate Before the Supreme Court’s Ruling (with Reva B. Siegel) 2010 (2d edition, 2012, )

Becoming Justice Blackmun: Harry Blackmun’s Supreme Court Journey, Times Books/Henry Holt, 2005.  (excerpted as Improbable Icon, The Green Bag Almanac & Reader 2006, pp. 36-50)

Book Chapter

Is It the Roberts Court? in The Health Care Case (Persily, Metzger, Morrison, eds.) (Oxford, 2013)

The Third Rehnquist Court, Foreword to The Rehnquist Legacy, Craig Bradley, ed., Cambridge University Press, 2006

Book Review

Was it the Era of 'O'Connorism?, 92 Judicature 169 (Jan.-Feb. 2009) (reviewing Nancy Maveety, "Queen's Court: Judicial Power in the Rehnquist Era")


Equine Evolution: Our Creation, Our Concern in To the Swift: Classic Triple Crown Horses and Their Race for Glory, Joe Drape, ed., St. Martin’s Press, 2008

Journals and Law Review Articles

Backlash to the Future? From Roe to Perry, 60 UCLA L. Rev. Disc. 240 (2013) (with Reva Siegel)

Before (and After) Roe v. Wade: New Questions About Backlash120 YALE L.J.2028 (2011) (with Reva Siegel)

Justice John Paul Stevens as Abortion-Rights Strategist, 43 U.C. Davis Law Review 749 (Feb. 2010)

The Mystery of Guantánamo Bay, 27 Berkeley J. of International Law 1 (2009)

The Breyer Project, 4 Charleston Law R. 37 (Fall 2009)

The Counter-Factual Court (Brandeis Lecture) 47 U. of Louisville Law R. (Fall 2008)

Weighing Needs and Burdens:' Justice Breyer's Heller Dissent, 59 Syracuse Law Review 299 (2008)

How the Supreme Court Talks About Abortion: The Implications of a Shifting Discourse,42 Suffolk University Law Review 41 (2008)

What Would Justice Powell Do? The 'Alien Children' Case and the Meaning of Equal Protection, 25 Constitutional Commentary 29 (Spring 2008)

Dædalus, Volume 137, Issue 4  "On Judicial Independence" (Fall 2008) Guest Editor

Change and Continuity on the Supreme Court, 25 Washington U Journal of Law & Policy 39 (2007)

A Tale of Two Justices, 11 Green Bag 2d 37 (Autumn 2007)  

Justices Who Change: A Response to Epstein et al., 101 Northwestern Law Review 1885 (Fall 2007)

How Not To Be Chief Justice: The Apprenticeship of William H. Rehnquist, 154 University of Pennsylvania Law Review 1365 (June 2006) 

Harry Blackmun, Independence and Path Dependence (Marvin Anderson Lecture), 56 Hastings Law Journal 1235 (June 2005)

What Got Into the Court? What Happens Next?, 57 Maine Law Review 1 (2005)

Learning to Listen to Ruth Bader Ginsburg, 7 New York City Law Review 213 (Fall 2004) 

Press Room Predictions, Perspectives on Politics, Vol. 2, No. 4, p. 781 (December 2004)

Because We Are Final: Judicial Review Two Hundred Years After Marbury, 56 SMU L. Rev. 781 (2003)

The Last Days of the Rehnquist Court: The Rewards of Patience and Power, 45 Ariz. L. Rev. 251 (2003)

Between Certainty & Doubt: States of Mind on the Supreme Court Today, 6 Green Bag 2d 241 (2003) 

The Day Anthrax Came to the Supreme Court, 77 N.Y.U. L. Rev. 867 (2002) 

Thinking About the Supreme Court after Bush v. Gore, 35 Ind. L. Rev. 435 (2002)

The Courts Must Tell Their Story, 6 Harv. Int’l J. Press/Politics 117 (2001)

Learning to Live with Bush v. Gore, 4 Green Bag 2d 381 (2001)  

Telling the Court’s Story: Justice and Journalism at the Supreme Court, 105 Yale L. J. 1537 (1996)

Other Magazine Articles (since 1990)

The Evolution of a Justice, The New York Times Magazine, April 10, 2005

The Long Tale of Madonna the Iguana, The New York Times Magazine, Jan. 16, 2000

Horse Sense, The New York Times Magazine, Nov. 11, 1998

Supremely Sheltered, The New York Times Magazine, March 7, 1993