Associate Professor of Law Neomi Rao teaches courses in constitutional law and legislation and statutory interpretation. Her research focuses on structural constitutional law, executive power, and administrative law, as well as international law. Her analysis of the use of dignity in constitutional law has been widely cited in the United States and abroad.
Professor Rao’s academic work is informed by her service in all three branches of the federal government. Prior to joining the Law School in 2006, she served as Associate Counsel and Special Assistant to President George W. Bush. Professor Rao also served as counsel to the United States Senate Committee on the Judiciary, where she was responsible for judicial nominations and constitutional law issues. In between government service, Professor Rao practiced in the London office of Clifford Chance LLP, specializing in public international law and commercial arbitration. She clerked for Judge J. Harvie Wilkinson III on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit and for Justice Clarence Thomas on the U.S. Supreme Court. She was a visiting professor at the University of Minnesota Law School in fall 2013.
Professor Rao received her J.D. with high honors from the University of Chicago Law School and her B.A. from Yale University. Professor Rao is a member of the Virginia State Bar and a Qualified Solicitor of England and Wales. She is a frequent commentator in print and broadcast media, with editorials appearing in the Wall Street Journal and guest blogs at The Volokh Conspiracy and Opinio Juris. She testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee on the Nomination of Justice Sonia Sotomayor.
Carrie Severino is chief counsel and policy director of the Judicial Crisis Network. In that capacity shehas testified before Congress on assorted constitutional issues and briefed Senators on judicial nominations. Mrs. Severino has been extensively quoted in the media and regularly appeared on television, including MSNBC, FOX, CNN, C-SPAN and ABC’s This Week. She has written and spoken on a wide range of judicial issues, particularly the constitutional limits on government, the federal nomination process, and state judicial selection. Mrs. Severino regularly files briefs in high-profile Supreme Court cases. In the 2015 term she has already filed amicus curiae briefs in Evenwel v. Abbott, Fisher v. Texas, Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association, and Little Sisters of the Poor v. Burwell.
Until March 2010, Mrs. Severino was an Olin/Searle Fellow and a Dean's Visiting Scholar at Georgetown University Law Center. She was previously a law clerk to U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas and to Judge David B. Sentelle of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit. She is a graduate of Harvard Law School, cum laude, of Duke University, and holds a Master’s degree in Linguistics from Michigan State University.
Elizabeth Slattery is a legal fellow in the Heritage Foundation’s Edwin Meese III Center for Legal and Judicial Studies. She researches a variety of issues such as the rule of law, the First Amendment, civil rights and equal protection, and the scope of constitutional provisions including the Commerce Clause and Recess Appointments Clause.
Slattery also studies and writes about cases before the Supreme Court, judicial nominations, and the proper role of the courts. She manages the Meese Center’s appellate advocacy programs, including moot court sessions to prepare litigators for oral argument in important cases pending before the Supreme Court.
In addition to authoring research papers, Slattery’s analysis and commentary have appeared in The Washington Times and The Washington Examiner, as well as outlets including National Review Online, The Daily Signal, The Daily Caller and U.S. News & World Report. Follow her on Twitter @EHSlattery.
Born Elizabeth Garvey in Omaha, Nebraska, she grew up in Louisville, Kentucky. She is a graduate of the George Mason University School of Law and holds a bachelor’s degree in history from Xavier University. She and her husband, Brian, reside in Arlington, Virginia.