Ilan has represented white collar defendants in mortgage fraud cases, generic pharmaceutical companies in FDA and patent disputes, and companies involved in antitrust and complex commercial litigation. He has also represented LGBT individuals seeking asylum in the United States, winning an appeal before the Board of Immigration Appeals and an affirmative asylum case before the Arlington Asylum Office.
Ilan previously served as the deputy general counsel of Rand Paul’s presidential campaign, as associate counsel on Senator Tom Cotton’s U.S. Senate campaign in Little Rock, Arkansas, and as a law clerk to the Honorable Jerry E. Smith at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit.
Ilan enjoys writing on eccentric legal topics, and has published law review articles on the de-extinction of wooly mammoths, the constitutionality of drug testing welfare recipients, the historical origins of qualified immunity, the use of history in judicial opinions and legal scholarship, and on constitutional legitimacy and originalism. He is currently working on a law review article on the administrative state and the separation of powers.
- Bradley Fellow, Stanford Constitutional Law Center (2012)
- John Marshall Fellow, Claremont Institute (2012)
Ilan received his B.A., magna cum laude, in Government and Physics from Claremont McKenna College in 2009. He received his J.D., from Stanford Law School in 2013, where he served as a senior editor and articles committee member for the Stanford Law Review and served as an executive editor for the Harvard Journal of Law and Public Policy.
- A Debt Against the Living: An Introduction to Originalism, Cambridge University Press, Jul. 31, 2017
- Article, “Constitutional Administration,” 69 Stan. L. Rev. __ (2017) (forthcoming)
- Article, “Law Historians’ Fallacies,” 90 N. D. L. Rev __ (2016) (forthcoming)
- Article, “The Original Understanding of Constitutional Legitimacy,” 2014 BYU L. Rev. 819 (2015)
- Article, “Qualified Immunity and Statutory Interpretation,” 37 Seattle U. L. Rev. 939 (2014)
- Article, “How to Permit Your Mammoth: Some Legal Implications of ‘De-Extinction’,” 33 Stan. J. Envtl. L. 1 (2013)
- Note, “Drug Testing Welfare Recipients as a Constitutional Condition,” 65 Stan. L. Rev. 1153 (2013)
- Toward Constitutional Administration, Nat’l Affairs, Mar. 21, 2016
- The Case for Originalism, City J., Mar. 16, 2016
- A Modest Proposal for Reforming the Administrative State, L. & Liberty, Feb. 2, 2016
- L’Etat, C’est Moi, Wkly. Standard, July 21, 2014
- The Founders’ Originalism, Nat’l Affairs, Mar. 24, 2014
- Washington’s Monument, Wkly. Standard, Nov. 18, 2013
- DOMA and the Logic of Federalism, Right Reason, Mar. 25, 2013
- Noel Canning: Proving Too Much with the Absence of History, Jurist, Feb. 12, 2013
- Framers of Mind, Wkly. Standard, June 25, 2012
- Only Natural: The law as the embodiment of public morality, Wkly. Standard, Nov. 1, 2010
- Individualism and Moral Obligation in the Hebrew Bible, Pub. Discourse, Sept. 26, 2012
- Dictatorships and Double Standards Redux, Commentary, Dec. 2009
Media Mention 01/20/17Ilan Wurman Discusses Pro Bono Representation with Law360
New Development 01/19/17Winston Pro Bono Team Prevents Removal of HIV-positive Honduran Man
Newsletter 08/12/16Diversity: 2015 Year in Review
Newsletter 07/31/15Pro Bono Reporter – Summer 2015
Speaking Engagement 01/04/15Ilan Wurman Presents at the Federalist Society’s 17th Annual Faculty Conference