Lincoln Caplan

Truman Capote Visiting Lecturer in Law (spring term) and Senior Research Scholar in Law (spring term)

J.D., Harvard Law School, 1976

Harvard Scholar, University of Cambridge, 1972–73

A.B., Harvard University, 1972

Courses Taught
  • Shaping Legal Opinions: Journalism and Clashes in Law
  • The Art of Argument: How to Write about the Law
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Lincoln Caplan is the Truman Capote Visiting Lecturer in Law and 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 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 was a staff writer for The New Yorker whose website he has contributed to. He is a former Guggenheim Fellow, White House Fellow, and Fellow of Yale’s Whitney Humanities Center. His most recent book, American Justice 2016: the Political Supreme Court, about the Court’s 2015 Term, was published in October of 2016. He is the writing tutor at Yale’s Davenport College.