J.D., Harvard Law School, 1976
Harvard University, 1972
Lincoln Caplan is a visiting lecturer in law at Yale Law School.
For three terms of the Supreme Court, from 2010 to 2013, he wrote about its decisions as a member of the editorial board of The New York Times. He has also been a staff writer for The New Yorker, a staff writer for The New Republic and an editor at U.S. News & World Report. He is a member of the editorial board of The American Scholar.
From 1998 until 2006, he 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 (www.legalaffairs.org). Legal Affairs was a finalist for two National Magazine Awards, for General Excellence and for Public Interest, and won other national awards in journalism. In addition to teaching nonfiction writing at the law school
then, he taught in the English Department of Yale University.
Caplan is the author of five books about law. They include 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, which was the first major book about that post and the role of the Office of the Solicitor General in shaping American law; and Skadden: Power, Money, and the Rise of a Legal Empire, written with support of a Guggenheim Fellowship.
A 1972 graduate of Harvard College, he attended Cambridge University in England as a Harvard Scholar in 1972-73 and received his J.D. from Harvard Law School in 1976. 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.