Joel Alicea

Joel Alicea is Of Counsel to Cooper & Kirk and is an Assistant Professor of Law at the Catholic University of America Columbus School of Law, where he teaches constitutional law and civil procedure. Professor Alicea clerked for Justice Samuel A. Alito, Jr., of the United States Supreme Court during the October 2016 term and for Judge Diarmuid F. O’Scannlain of the United States Court of the Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. Prior to joining the faculty at Catholic University, Professor Alicea was an associate at Cooper & Kirk from 2014–2016 and again from 2017–2020.

Professor Alicea graduated cum laude from Harvard Law School, where he served as President of the Harvard Federalist Society and as a Notes Editor for the Harvard Journal of Law & Public Policy. In 2012, Forbes magazine named him one of its 30 Under 30 for Law & Policy. He earned his undergraduate degree summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Princeton University. At Princeton, Professor Alicea received the Stephen T. Whelan ’68 Prize for the best senior thesis on public or constitutional law.

Professor Alicea has published widely on issues of constitutional law, including in the University of Pennsylvania Journal of Constitutional Law, National Affairs, and Policy Review. He is the recipient of the Temple Bar Scholarship and the John Marshall Fellowship.

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