Lincoln Caplan

Lincoln Caplan

Fellow: Awarded 1989
Field of Study: General Nonfiction

Competition: US & Canada

Lincoln Caplan is a Senior Research Scholar and an occasional Visiting Lecturer in Law at Yale Law School, and an independent journalist whose work is available at

From 1998 until 2006, Lincoln Caplan was on the faculty of Yale Law School as the Knight Senior Journalist, where he was the founding editor and president of Legal Affairs magazine. The magazine was a finalist in 2006 for National Magazine Awards in General Excellence and in Public Interest.

A graduate of Harvard College, he attended Cambridge University in England as a Harvard Scholar and received his J.D. from Harvard Law School. He clerked for the chief justice of the Connecticut Supreme Court, worked as a management consultant for The Boston Consulting Group, Inc., and served as a White House Fellow.

Mr. Caplan is the author of five books: The Insanity Defense and the Trial of John W. Hinckley, Jr., which (as excerpted in The New Yorker) won a Silver Gavel Award from the American Bar Association; The Tenth Justice: The Solicitor General and the Rule of Law; An Open Adoption; Up Against the Law: Affirmative Action and the Supreme Court; and Skadden: Power, Money, and the Rise of a Legal Empire, written with support of his Guggenheim Fellowship.

He has been a staff writer for The New Republic and The New Yorker. As a member of the editorial board of The New York Times, he wrote about the Supreme Court and other legal subjects. He is a member of the editorial board of The American Scholar.

Mr. Caplan is married to Susan L. Carney, a judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. They have a daughter, Molly.

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