Which Jew is Smarter?

Battle of the Ilyas, Round II. This Time, It’s Personal

For those of you in the D.C. Libertarian community, you know that there are two Ilyas.

Ilya Shapiro, a Senior Fellow of Constitutional Studies at the Cato Institute, and Ilya Somin, a Professor at George Mason School of Law. Both are Libertarians. Both are Russian. Both have the same last initial. They often get confused, but they are nothing alike.

To resolve this name-game between these two brains, last year I hosted a trivia battle, dubbed the Battle of the Ilyas. Shapiro was victorious. Ilya Shapiro has dutifully enjoyed his one-year reign as the undisputed Ilya of Washington, D.C. However, his term ended on November 24, 2010. Thus, it is time to fight again–Round Two of the Battle of the Ilyas began a week ago.

Last week both Shapiro and Somin a 25-question quiz, based on the Judicial Clerkship Knowledge Quiz of the Honorable Danny J. Boggs.

After the parties complete the written component, we will record a podcast with several oral questions. Following the oral component, I will announce the winner of the 2nd Annual Battle of the Ilyas competition (and I gather Justice Kagan, and not Justice Scalia, will get the reference in the title of this post.)

May the best Ilya win!

For those of you who wish to play at home, here are the questions.

To vote on which Ilya you think will win, visit the original post.

This post originally appeared at JoshBlackman.com.  Josh Blackman is a recent graduate of George Mason University Law School.  He is now president of FantasySCOTUS.net and The Harlan Institute.  He is still frequently seen at Mesorah DC Shabbat dinners at Sixth & I Synagogue.

Ilya Shapiro and Ilya Somin are also D.C. Jews; their bios are linked in this post.  However, it bears mentioning that Ilya Shapiro is a former Jewish Guy of the Week.

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  1. […] Last year, Cato adjunct scholar (and George Mason law professor) Ilya Somin and I engaged in the inaugural “Battle of the Ilyas.”  Tired of being confused for one another — how many D.C. libertarian legal scholars named Ilya S. can there be? — we accepted Josh Blackman’s invitation to compete in a trivia contest whose prize was the exclusive use of the Ilya name.  I won, but my one-year reign expired last week, so it was time for a rematch. […]

  2. […] Last Tuesday we introduced you to the first part of the Second Annual Battle of the Ilyas. The competition pits Ilya Shapiro against Ilya Somin — two of DCs most prominent Jewish legal libertarians. […]

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