Joel Alicea joined the Catholic Law faculty in 2020 after having practiced law for several years at the law firm of Cooper & Kirk, PLLC, where he specialized in constitutional litigation. He previously served as a law clerk for Justice Samuel A. Alito Jr., on the United States Supreme Court and for Judge Diarmuid F. O'Scannlain on the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.
Professor Alicea’s scholarship has focused on constitutional theory. He has been published in such places as the University of Pennsylvania Journal of Constitutional Law and the Harvard Journal of Law & Public Policy. He has also been active in public debates about constitutional law, publishing essays in journals such as National Affairs and The Public Discourse.
Professor Alicea graduated cum laude from Harvard Law School in 2013, where he served as a Notes Editor and on the Articles Board for the Harvard Journal of Law & Public Policy. During Professor Alicea’s time in law school, Forbes magazine named him one of its "30 Under 30" for Law & Policy, recognizing him as one of the “entrepreneurial, creative and intellectual best of [his] generation.”
Professor Alicea graduated summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Princeton University in 2010, receiving the Stephen Whelan ’68 Senior Thesis Prize for the best senior thesis relating to the study of public or constitutional law, as well as the Harold Willis Dodds Prize for clear thinking, moral courage, and a judicious regard for the opinions of others.
Professor Alicea is a Fellow at the Columbus School of Law's Center for Religious Liberty.
Professional Research and Writing
Law Review Articles
The Limits of New Originalism, 15 U. PA. J. CONST. L. 1161 (2013) (with Donald L. Drakeman)
Note, Stare Decisis in an Originalist Congress, 35 HARV. J.L. & PUB. POL’Y 797 (2012)
Originalism and the Legislature, 56 LOY. L. REV. 513 (2010)
Against the Tiers of Constitutional Scrutiny, NAT’L AFF., Fall 2019, at 72 (with John D. Ohlendorf)
The Supreme Court’s 2014–2015 Term: The Year the Administrative State Trembled, THE PUBLIC DISCOURSE (Sept. 3, 2015)
Originalism and the Rule of the Dead, NAT’L AFF., Spring 2015, at 149
Constitutional Compromise and Classical Liberalism, LIBERTY LAW FORUM (March 11, 2014)
Real Judicial Restraint, NAT’L AFF., Fall 2013, at 69
Debating Originalism, CLAREMONT REV. BOOKS DIGITAL (Feb. 8, 2013)
Chief Justice Roberts and the Changing Conservative Legal Movement, THE PUBLIC DISCOURSE (July 10, 2012)
Forty Years of Originalism, POL’Y REV., June–July 2012, at 69
Gingrich, Desegregation, and Judicial Supremacy, THE PUBLIC DISCOURSE (Jan. 5, 2012)
An Originalist Congress?, NAT’L AFF., Winter 2011, at 31