Sheldon Gilbert

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Director of the Center for Judicial Engagement


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Sheldon Gilbert is the director of the Institute for Justice’s Center for Judicial Engagement (CJE), which he joined in 2017. As CJE’s director, he educates the public about the proper role of judges in enforcing constitutional limits on the size and scope of government.

Before joining IJ, Sheldon worked as a litigator for the U.S. Chamber Litigation Center, where he represented the Chamber in over 400 cases in federal and state courts addressing a host of important business law issues—from property rights to free speech—including nearly a hundred cases before the U.S. Supreme Court.

Sheldon has extensive experience in administrative, constitutional, and environmental law, and has been involved in some of the most consequential Supreme Court cases of the last decade in these areas, such as UARG, et al. v. EPA (limits on agency deference for “major questions”) and NLRB v. Noel Canning (constitutionality of purported “recess” appointments).

A native of the Mountain West states of Idaho and Utah, Sheldon nonetheless considers himself a carioca at heart after living two years in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.  He graduated with honors from The George Washington University Law School in 2008, where he co-founded the national Religious Freedom Moot Court.  In 2005, Sheldon received his undergraduate degree in history from the University of Utah in Salt Lake City, Utah, where he was an avid policy and parliamentary debater.

He lives in Arlington, Virginia with his wife and four children. He regrets to inform you that it is more likely than not that at least one of his kids will grow up to be a supervillain.  In Sheldon’s free time, he’s an adjunct law professor, an avid reader, a genealogical researcher, and a pro bono litigator for military veterans, widows, and others.

Sheldon is admitted to practice in the District of Columbia, and before the U.S. Supreme Court, U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.

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