Caitlin J. Halligan
Lecturer in Law
Caitlin J. Halligan was a partner with Weil, Gotshal & Manges, LLP in New York. She was the Solicitor General of New York State from October 2001 until January 2007.
In that position, she supervised 45 appellate attorneys and the preparation of approximately 120 submissions each month in the federal and state appellate courts. She also provided strategic legal advice in major trial-level matters and coordinated positions on significant legal issues for the Office of the New York Attorney General.
Ms. Halligan has served as counsel of record for a party or amicus at the certiorari or merits stages in more than 40 matters in the U.S. Supreme Court, and argued three of these cases before the Court. She has also argued numerous cases before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, the New York Court of Appeals, and three of the four New York intermediate appellate courts.
During each of the five years of her tenure as Solicitor General, she received the National Association of Attorneys' General "Best United States Supreme Court Brief" award.
Halligan has been on the adjunct faculty at Georgetown University Law Center. She is a member of the New York State Bar Association and the New York City Bar Association; she currently serves on the State Bar's Special Committee on Civil Rights. She has spoken at numerous public events and continuing legal education programs regarding appellate advocacy, U.S. Supreme Court matters, and legal issues arising in cyberspace.
Prior to serving as Solicitor General, Halligan was First Deputy Solicitor General in the New York Attorney General's Office. From 1999 to 2000, she was the first Chief of the New York Attorney General's Internet Bureau, where she developed and coordinated statewide law enforcement and policy initiatives regarding online consumer fraud, privacy, online securities trading, and other Internet-related issues. Before joining that office, she worked in private practice in New York City and Washington, D.C.
Prior to attending law school, Halligan served as a legislative aide for U.S. Rep. William Alexander of Arkansas, and as a policy associate at Georgians for Children, a non-profit organization devoted to improving state policies for families and children. She also taught writing, American history, and American literature at a university in Wuhan, China, through the Princeton-In-Asia Teaching Exchange.
She earned her B.A. in 1988 from Princeton University and her J.D. in 1995 from Georgetown University Law Center, where she was Managing Editor of the Georgetown Law Review. She was a law clerk to Judge Patricia M. Wald of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, and to U.S. Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer.
Representative Appellate Matters
• Represented State of New York as amicus and presented oral argument to the U.S. Supreme Court in City of Sherrill v. Oneida Indian Nation; obtained reversal of major Second Circuit decision concerning jurisdiction over property owned by Native American tribes in upstate New York. • Defended constitutionality of New York's restrictions on interstate shipment of wine before U.S. Supreme Court in Swedenburg v. Kelly. • Represented State of New York as amicus and presented oral argument to U.S. Supreme Court in United Haulers Ass'n, Inc. v. Oneida-Herkimer Solid Waste Management Authority, which involves constitutional challenge to local waste management laws (decision pending). • Successfully defended state laws restricting televising of state trial proceedings in New York Court of Appeals. • Successfully defended constitutionality of laws authorizing substantial expansion of gaming in New York State in state intermediate appellate court and New York Court of Appeals. • Obtained reversal in U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit of trial court decision invalidating key provisions of New York State's Code of Judicial Conduct. • Obtained reversal in state intermediate appellate court of decision curtailing New York Attorney General's authority to bring public corruption cases. • Represented New York Attorney General before U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit in case challenging state authority to enforce non-preempted state laws against national banks (decision pending).