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Erin Hawley

Senior Counsel at Independent Women’s Forum Center for Law and Liberty

Erin Morrow Hawley is the Senior Counsel at IWF's Center for Law and Liberty. She is also counsel to Kirkland and Ellis LLP in Washington DC. Hawley is a former Associate Professor of Law at the University of Missouri, where she taught constitutional litigation, federal income tax, tax policy, and agricultural law. Prior to joining the law school, she practiced appellate law at King & Spalding LLP and also worked at the Department of Justice as counsel to Attorney General Michael Mukasey. Hawley is a former clerk to Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. of the Supreme Court of the United States and Judge J. Harvie Wilkinson III of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit. She has litigated extensively before the Supreme Court of the United States as well as numerous federal courts of appeals and state courts of last resort. She has twice argued before the D.C. Court of Appeals and also represented the United States in oral argument before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit. Hawley continues to litigate and her work has been widely quoted, including by the Washington Post and USNews.

Hawley received her bachelor’s degree in Animal Science from Texas A&M University and her law degree from Yale Law School. During law school, she served as a Coker Fellow (teaching assistant in constitutional law) and on The Yale Law Journal.

Recent Articles:

Two Truths and a Lie: Litigation Financing
August 13 2019
by Erin Hawley


Two Truths and a Lie: Lawsuit Against ObamaCare
July 9 2019
by Erin Hawley


The Administrative State Dodges A Bullet in Kisor But Faces A New Challenge To Chevron
June 28 2019
by Erin Hawley


The Supreme Court’s Fractured Decision on the Citizenship Question
June 28 2019
by Erin Hawley


A Disturbing Picture of the Powers and Prerogatives of the Supreme Court
June 24 2019
by Erin Hawley


Two Truths and a Lie: Tax Day
April 9 2019
by Erin Hawley


Auer deference finally has its day at the Court
April 2 2019
by Erin Hawley


AG Asks Fifth Circuit to Uphold Lower Court Decision Striking Down ACA
March 26 2019
by Erin Hawley


Public Power, Private Gain: Issues in Third-Party Litigation Finance
March 21 2019
by Erin Hawley


DOJ Calls For Dismissal of NYC's Climate Lawsuit
March 21 2019
by Erin Hawley


Kavanaugh Issues Pro-Religious Liberty Statement
March 4 2019
by Erin Hawley


Supreme Court Rules Unanimously Against Excesive Fines
February 21 2019
by Erin Hawley


ObamaCare Appeal on Shutdown Pause
January 13 2019
by Erin Hawley


Democrats Delay Kavanaugh Confirmation with "Great Paper Chase"
August 2 2018
by Erin Hawley


Who is Brett Kavanaugh?
July 10 2018
by Erin Hawley


With Janus Ruling, Animated Debate Speaks to Political Power of Unions
June 29 2018
by Erin Hawley


Texas Judge Finds Climate-Change Lawsuits Potentially Improper
May 10 2018
by Erin Hawley


Green Groups Stunned by Knowledgable Judge
April 9 2018
by Erin Hawley


States Seek to Revisit Supreme Court Ruling on Mandate to Buy Health Insurance
April 3 2018
by Erin Hawley


Supreme Court Poised to Free Workers from Forced Union Fees
January 24 2018
by Erin Hawley


Justice Scalia's Legacy
February 15 2016
by Erin Hawley


The Supreme Court’s Stay Order in the CPP Litigation: A Win for Judicial Review.
February 15 2016
by Erin Hawley


What is Our Best Option For Health Care Reform? • Bold TV
July 19 2019
by Erin Hawley


Statement: Kavanaugh Is A Champion Of Women & Limited Government
September 4 2018
by Erin Hawley


Meet Judge Brett Kavanaugh, Trump's Supreme Court Nominee
July 10 2018
by Erin Hawley


The real reason conservatives will bet big on Kavanaugh
July 10 2018
by Erin Hawley


Statement: IWF Applauds Nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh
July 9 2018
by Erin Hawley


Statement: With Kennedy Retirement, Opportunity to Appoint Second Justice Who Takes Constitution Seriously
June 27 2018
by Erin Hawley


Statement: A Welcome Development: Trump Begins Much Needed Review Of Monument Designations
April 26 2017
by Erin Hawley


Statement: From Judge to Justice: Gorsuch is Just the Person to Succeed the Irreplaceable Justice Scalia
April 7 2017
by Erin Hawley


The Next Steps in SCOTUS Approval Process • The Truth with Dennis Michael Lynch
April 6 2017
by Erin Hawley


Statement: Why Senate Should Afford Judge Gorsuch An Up Or Down Vote
April 3 2017
by Erin Hawley


Conservative Leaders Join Brent Bozell’s Call for Fairness on Gorsuch
March 15 2017
by Erin Hawley


Judge Gorsuch – Just What The Voters Ordered
February 2 2017
by Erin Hawley


Judge Garland Would Be Good for HHS, CMS, Attorneys Say
March 18 2016
by Erin Hawley


Second Amendment Groups, Women’s Forum Urge Rejection Of Obama’s SCOTUS Nomination
March 17 2016
by Erin Hawley


2a Groups React To Obama SCOTUS Nomination: Thumbs Down
March 16 2016
by Erin Hawley


Blowtorch Of Opposition Ignites Over Garland Nomination
March 16 2016
by Erin Hawley


Independent Women's Forum Filed Amicus Brief in Zubik v. Burwell
January 11 2016
by Erin Hawley


Erin Hawley discusses Supreme Court decision on HHS Mandate • NewsmaxTV Midpoint w/ Ed Berliner
June 30 2014
by Erin Hawley


Harvard’s Ban on Single-Sex Organizations Hurts Women
August 19 2019
by Erin Hawley


What Right And Left Get Wrong About The Court Challenge To Obamacare’s Insurance Mandate
July 15 2019
by Erin Hawley


With Team Trump, Congress is reaching beyond its grasp
May 10 2019
by Erin Hawley


A tale of two injunctions — how a district court abuses its discretion
January 16 2019
by Erin Hawley


The District Court Decision Striking Down the ACA Is a Model of Restraint
January 7 2019
by Erin Hawley


Why Women Should Support Judge Kavanaugh's Nomination
September 10 2018
by Erin Hawley


The Supreme Court has nothing to do with impeachment
September 1 2018
by Erin Hawley


The writing is on the seawall
August 12 2018
by Erin Hawley


Yale Law Students' Letter Against SCOTUS Nominee Discredits Their claim to Elitism
July 19 2018
by Erin Hawley


Reaffirming Court’s Commitment to the Constitution
July 1 2018
by Erin Hawley


What do Justice Kennedy's concurrences mean for the future of the Supreme Court?
June 27 2018
by Erin Hawley


The real problem with discrimination in Colorado
June 6 2018
by Erin Hawley


Energy legislation by litigation is a costly mistake
May 11 2018
by Erin Hawley


Here's Why SCOTUS Should Discard Auer Deference
February 20 2018
by Erin Hawley


Trump gets it right on Antiquities Act rollback
December 9 2017
by Erin Hawley


Liberals blasting GOP tax bill don't actually understand it
November 3 2017
by Erin Hawley


The Antiquities Act is not a blank check to create federal land
August 31 2017
by Erin Hawley


Trump Right To Challenge Outdated Antiquities Act
April 30 2017
by Erin Hawley


Neil Gorsuch and the Senate's Convoluted Supreme Court Confirmation Dance
March 20 2017
by Erin Hawley


Is it illegal to leak Trump's tax returns? Well, it depends.
March 17 2017
by Erin Hawley


It's Time to Abolish The Antiquities Act of 1906
February 7 2017
by Erin Hawley


Why Trump's SCOTUS Pick Gorsuch Should Have A Quiet Confirmation
February 1 2017
by Erin Hawley


Obama's Curtain Call: A Look Back On A Legacy Of Executive Overreach
December 26 2016
by Erin Hawley


It’s Time To Make The Supreme Court Boring Again
October 21 2016
by Erin Hawley


Supreme Court Ruling On Immigration A Victory For Anyone Who Wants A Limited Executive
June 30 2016
by Erin Hawley


The President's Preorogative, And The Senate's
March 18 2016
by Erin Hawley


Legal Brief: Global Warming Nuisance Lawsuits
April 30 2018
by Erin Hawley


Legal Brief: The Janus Case: Public Union Dues
January 19 2018
by Erin Hawley


Legal Brief: Trinity Lutheran: The Blockbuster in a Quiet Supreme Court Term
August 7 2017
by Erin Hawley


Legal Brief: Rethinking Administrative Deference
July 6 2017
by Erin Hawley


Legal Brief: The Ginsburg Rule
March 17 2017
by Erin Hawley


Legal Brief: Abolish The Antiquities Act Of 1906
February 3 2017
by Erin Hawley


Legal Brief: The Irreplaceable Justice Scalia
October 26 2016
by Erin Hawley


Legal Brief: The Historic Supreme Court
October 4 2016
by Erin Hawley


Legal Brief: The Clean Water Act
September 12 2016
by Erin Hawley


Legal Brief: Major Questions Doctrine
August 17 2016
by Erin Hawley


Legal Brief: Placing the Administrative State in Constitutional Context
July 5 2016
by Erin Hawley


Legal Brief: The Clean Power Plan
March 29 2016
by Erin Hawley


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