Dahlia Lithwick

Dahlia Lithwick
Dahlia Lithwick giving the keynote speech at the American Association of Law Libraries conference, cropped.
Nationality Canada
Occupation writer

Dahlia Lithwick is a Canadian-American writer and journalist. Lithwick is currently a contributing editor at Newsweek and senior editor at Slate. She primarily writes about law and politics in the United States. She writes "Supreme Court Dispatches" and "Jurisprudence" and has covered the Microsoft trial and other legal issues for Slate. In 2018, the Sidney Hillman Foundation awarded Lithwick with the Hillman Prize for Opinion & Analysis Journalism noting that she "has been the nation's best legal commentator for two decades".[1]

Before joining Slate as a freelancer in 1999, Lithwick worked for a family law firm in Reno, Nevada.[2] Her published work has appeared in The New Republic, The American Prospect, ELLE, The Ottawa Citizen, and The Washington Post.

Early life and education

Lithwick was born in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada and is a Canadian citizen. She moved to the U.S. to study at Yale University, where she received a B.A. in English in 1990. As a student at Yale, she debated on the American Parliamentary Debate Association circuit as a member of the Yale Debate Association. In 1990, she and her debate partner at the time, Austan Goolsbee, were runners up for the national Team of the Year.

She went on to study law at Stanford University, where she received her J.D. in 1996. She then clerked for Judge Procter Hug on the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.[3] She is Jewish and keeps a kosher home.[4]


She was a regular guest on The Al Franken Show, and has been a guest columnist for The New York Times Op-Ed page. Lithwick is Slate's legal correspondent, providing summaries and commentary on current United States Supreme Court cases. Lithwick also hosts the podcast Amicus.[5] She received the Online News Association's award for online commentary in 2001.[3]

In 2009, Lithwick wrote an article for Slate titled "I Need a Hero: Seeking a bomb-throwing, passionate, visionary, liberal Scalia for a seat on the Supreme Court." [6][7][8] In the article, she called for President Obama to nominate a person who was "some cross between Rachel Maddow and Emma Goldman."



  1. "2018 HILLMAN PRIZE FOR OPINION & ANALYSIS JOURNALISM". The Sidney Hillman Foundation, Honoring excellence in journalism in service of the common good.
  2. "Who We Are: Slate's staff". Slate. Retrieved May 10, 2017.
  3. 1 2 "Dahlia Lithwick". The New York Times. 2004-07-30. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2016-12-02.
  4. Lithwick, Dahlia (November 12, 2008). "Everything Vibrates". Slate.
  5. "Amicus". Slate Magazine. Retrieved 2017-10-02.
  6. Lithwick, Dahlia (3 February 2009). "I Need a Hero: Seeking a bomb-throwing, passionate, visionary, liberal Scalia for a seat on the Supreme Court". Slate. Retrieved 18 September 2011.
  7. Jones, Ashby (4 February 2009). "Afternoon Scotus Roundup: A Scalia Outburst, Pining for a Liberal Lion". The Wall Street Journal. Retrieved 18 September 2011.
  8. Patashnik, Josh (1 May 2009). "The Court, Or The People?". The New Republic. Retrieved 18 September 2011.
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