Lincoln Caplan is a longtime journalist and author about law and public affairs. He has covered the Supreme Court, the Justice Department, and other parts of the government, based in Washington, D.C., and the American legal profession in general, reporting in New York City and around the country. 

He is now a Senior Research Scholar and an occasional Visiting Lecturer in Law at Yale Law School and the senior editor at the Knight First Amendment Institute at Columbia University. He was a member of the editorial board of The New York Times, a staff writer for The New Yorker, and the editor and president of Legal Affairs magazine. He has also been a White House Fellow, a Guggenheim Fellow, and a Visiting Fellow at Yale’s Whitney Humanities Center. He is a regular contributor to and a member of the editorial board of The American Scholar.