Series Advisors

JOAQUIN ALVARADOChief Strategy Officer, Center For Investigative Reporting
 Professor of Law and Political Science, Yale University
RICHARD BEEMAN Professor of History, University of Pennsylvania
RICHARD B. BERNSTEIN Distinguished Adjunct Professor of Law, New York Law School
JESS BRAVINSupreme Court Correspondent, The Wall Street Journal
Charles S. Rhyne Professor of Law, Duke University
DANIEL FARBER Professor of Law, University of California, Berkeley
SANFORD LEVINSON Professor of Law, University of Texas Law School
MICHAEL McCONNELLDirector, Stanford Constitutional Law Center; Senior Fellow, Hoover Institution
LINDA R. MONKJournalist, Nationally Award-Winning Author, Constitutional Scholar
FRED L. MORRISON Professor of Law, University of Minnesota
JACK RAKOVE Professor of History and American Studies, Stanford University
MICHAEL ZUCKERTNancy Reeves Dreux Professor of Political Science, Notre Dame University; and Editor, "American Political Thought"

Experts Interviewed

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Michelle Alexander

Associate Professor of Law, Ohio State University

Michelle Alexander is a civil rights lawyer, advocate, legal scholar and author of The New Jim Crow. She holds a joint appointment with the Moritz College of Law and the Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity at Ohio State University.

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Akhil Reed Amar

Professor of Law and Political Science, Yale University

Akhil Reed Amar is Sterling Professor of Law and Political Science at Yale University, where he teaches constitutional law. Professor Amar is the co-editor of a leading constitutional law casebook, Processes of Constitutional Decisionmaking. He is also the author of several books, including The Bill of Rights: Creation and Reconstruction and America’s Constitution: A Biography.

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Randy Barnett

Professor of Law, Georgetown University Law Center

Randy Barnett is a lawyer and teaches constitutional law and contracts at Georgetown University and is a legal theorist. He believes the government has gotten far larger than the framers ever intended and a host of personal liberties are being infringed upon.

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Richard Beeman

Retired Professor of History, University of Pennsylvania

Richard R. Beeman is a historian of the American Revolutionary Era, and has written seven books on aspects of America's political and constitutional history in the eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries. His recent book, Plain, Honest Men: The Making of the American Constitution (Random House, 2009) was the winner of the George Washington Book Prize and the Literary Award of the Philadelphia Athenaeum.

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David Boies

Lawyer, Boies, Schiller & Flexner LLP

David Boies is a lawyer and chairman of the law firm Boies, Schiller & Flexner. He has been involved in various high-profile cases in the United States and was selected as one of the 100 Most Influential People in the World by Time Magazine in 2010.

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MiAngel Cody

Public Defender, Chicago

MiAngel Cody is a public defender from Chicago. She is known for representing an alleged white supremacist arsonist who set fire to an African American family’s home.

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Barney Frank

U.S. House of Representatives, Massachusettes

Barney Frank is the U.S. Representative for Massachusetts's 4th congressional district since January 1981. A member of the Democratic Party, he is the former chairman of the House Financial Services Committee (2007–2011) and is considered the most prominent gay politician in the United States.

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Jody Freeman

Professor of Law, Harvard Law School

Jody Freeman is the Archibald Cox Professor at Harvard Law School and a leading expert on administrative law and environmental law. She served as Counselor for Energy and Climate Change in the Obama White House in 2009-2010.

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Richard Garnett

Professor of Law, Notre Dame Law School

Richard Garnett is an associate dean and professor of law at Notre Dame Law School, teaching in the areas of criminal law, criminal procedure, First Amendment law, and the death penalty. He has contributed to research in such topics as school choice and Catholic social teaching.

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Robert P. George

Professor of Jurisprudence at Princeton University

Robert George is McCormick Professor of Jurisprudence at Princeton University, where he lectures on constitutional interpretation, civil liberties and philosophy of law. He also serves as the director of the James Madison Program in American Ideals and Institutions. George has been called America's "most influential conservative Christian thinker." He is a senior fellow at Stanford University's Hoover Institution, and the Herbert W. Vaughan senior fellow of the Witherspoon Institute.

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Jack Goldsmith

Professor of Law, Harvard University

Jack Landman Goldsmith is a Harvard Law School professor who has written a number of texts regarding international law, civil procedure, cyber law, and national security law.

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Jennifer Granick

Director of Civil Liberties, Stanford Law School

Jennifer Granick is an attorney and educator. She is the Director of Civil Liberties for the Center for Internet and Society at Stanford Law School. She is best known for her work with intellectual property law, free speech, privacy law, and other things relating to computer security, and has represented several high profile hackers.

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Jamal Greene

Professor of Law, Columbia Law School

Jamal Green is a law professor at Columbia Law School where he teaches Constitutional Law, Constitutional Theory, Federal Courts and Legal Theory Workshop.

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Noah Hall

Associate Professor of Law, Wayne State University Law School

Professor Hall’s teaching and expertise is in environmental and water law, and his research focuses on issues of environmental governance, federalism, and trans boundary pollution and resource management.

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Bill Keller

Writer, The New York Times

Bill Keller is an Op-Ed columnist for The New York Times and writes for The New York Times Magazine.

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Kurt Lash

Alumni Distinguished Professor of Law

Director, Program on Constitutional Theory, History and Law

One of the nation’s leading scholars of constitutional law, Professor Kurt T. Lash is honored as the newest recipient of the Alumni Distinguished Professor of Law at the University of Illinois College of Law, where he directs the Program in Constitutional Theory, History, and Law.

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Lawrence Lessig

Professor of Law and Leadership, Harvard Law School

Lawrence Lessig is the Roy L. Furman Professor of Law and Leadership at Harvard Law School, and director of the Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics at Harvard University. He is best known as a proponent of reduced legal restrictions on copyright, trademark, and radio frequency spectrum, particularly in technology applications, and he has called for state-based activism to promote substantive reform of government with a Second Constitutional Convention.

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Alex MacGillivray

General Counsel, Twitter

Alex MacGillivray is Twitter's General Counsel and also leads its Corporate Communication, Public Policy and Trust & Safety efforts.

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Sandra Day O’Connor

Retired Associate Supreme Court Justice

Justice O’Connor received her B.A. and LL.B. from Stanford University. She served as Deputy County Attorney of San Mateo County, California from 1952–1953 and as a civilian attorney for Quartermaster Market Center, Frankfurt, Germany from 1954–1957. From 1958–1960, she practiced law in Maryvale, Arizona, and served as Assistant Attorney General of Arizona from 1965–1969. She was appointed to the Arizona State Senate in1969 and was subsequently reelected to two two-year terms. In 1975 she was elected Judge of the Maricopa County Superior Court and served until 1979, when she was appointed to the Arizona Court of Appeals. President Reagan nominated her as an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court, and she took her seat September 25, 1981. Justice O’Connor retired from the Supreme Court on January 31, 2006. She is the founder of iCivics, a web-based education project designed to teach students civics and inspire them to be active participants in our democracy.

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Ted Olson

Lawyer, Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher

Ted Olson is a partner in Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher's Washington, D.C. office, a member of the firm's Executive Committee, Co-Chair of the Appellate and Constitutional Law Group and the firm's Crisis Management Team. Olson served as United States Solicitor General from June 2001 to July 2004 under President George W. Bush.

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P.J. O’Rourke

O’Rourke is an American political satirist, journalist, writer, and author. O’Rourke is the H. L. Mencken Research Fellow at the Cato Institute and is a regular correspondent for The Atlantic Monthly, The American Spectator, and The Weekly Standard, and frequent panelist on National Public Radio’s game show Wait Wait…Don’t Tell Me!.

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Jack Rakove

Professor of History, American Studies and Political Science, Stanford University

Jack Rakove is the William Robertson Coe Professor of History and American Studies and a professor of political science at Stanford University and is one the most distinguished historians of the early American republic. He is the author of several books including, The Annotated U.S. Constitution and Declaration of Independence and the 1997 Pulitzer Prize winner, Original Meanings: Politics and Ideas in the Making of the Constitution, among several others.

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Eugene Volokh

Professor of Law, UCLA School of Law

Eugene Volokh is the Gary T. Schwartz Professor of Law at UCLA School of Law. He teaches free speech law, criminal law, tort law, religious freedom law, and church-state relations. Volokh also publishes the widely read blog "The Volokh Conspiracy" and is frequently cited in the American media.

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Judge J. Harvie Wilkinson

Federal Judge, Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals

Judge Wilkinson is a federal judge serving on the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals. He believes judges shouldn’t impose their opinions on controversial issues—instead, they should wait for public opinion to come to a general consensus—then follow that.

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