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Gillian E. Metzger

Gillian Metzger ’96 is a leading constitutional law scholar who directs the Law School’s Center for Constitutional Governance. She writes and teaches in the areas of administrative and constitutional law, with a specialization in federalism and privatization. 

Metzger has co-authored and filed numerous amicus briefs in major constitutional and administrative law cases, including Whole Women’s Health v. Hellerstedt and King v. Burwell, which dealt with abortion rights and the Affordable Care Act, respectively. She is a past recipient of the Willis L.M. Reese Prize for Excellence in Teaching, awarded by the graduating class. 

Previously, Metzger was an attorney with the Brennan Center for Justice and clerked for Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg ’59 and Judge Patricia M. Wald of the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia.

Eighty years on, we are seeing a resurgence of the antiregulatory and antigovernment forces that lost the battle of the New Deal.