A Fantastic Review from CHOICE

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Thumbs up! (image via Pixabay)

After losing the California governor’s race in 1962, Nixon announced the end of his political career, and he accepted a partnership in a prestigious New York City law firm. He became a valuable rainmaker for the firm, and he used his position to reconstitute his political base with wealthy contributors, a deep and talented campaign staff, and enhanced international experience. This culminated in his victory in the 1968 presidential campaign. The assistant managing editor of the American Bar Association’s trade journal, Li provides an excellent, straightforward narrative of how this transpired. The author places these transformational years within a quick survey of Nixon’s prior political career and a brief overview of his two administrations. The consistency of Nixon’s talents and flaws is evident in each phase of his career. The final chapter treats former colleagues and legal issues of the firm during Nixon’s presidency. The epilogue touches on recent presidential players’ engagements with prestigious law firms. Although this focused and manageable account relies more on interviews and printed sources than on extensive archival research, it deserves consideration in competition with John Farrell’s or Evan Thomas’s recent, massive Nixon biographies.

Summing Up: Highly recommended. General readers; upper-division undergraduates through faculty. 

Podcast: ABA Annual Meeting 2018: State Attorneys General and Federalism in the Obama/Trump Eras.

An interesting podcast from the 2018 ABA Annual Meeting consisting of legal heavyweights Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum, former Virginia Solicitor General William Hurd, Wisconsin Solicitor General Misha Tseytlin and Northwestern Law School dean Dan Rodriguez. And me. 

How Nixon used a law firm stint to resurrect his political career and win the presidency (podcast interview).

I was a guest on ABA Journal's "Modern Law Library" podcast to talk "Nixon in New York." It was a blast - albeit weird being on the other side of an interview, for once. 

The dangers of digital things.

 The driverless cars are coming! (image via  Wikimedia Commons )

The driverless cars are coming! (image via Wikimedia Commons)

As robots, computers and software become more ubiquitous in our everyday lives, performing tasks that used to be the sole province of humans, it’s fair to wonder whether the laws and regulations designed to protect those humans are sufficient or whether new laws are necessary.

Related gallery: When Smart Devices Go Wrong...

Civil rights lawyers from the 1960s have lessons for today's social activists.

 Civil rights activists take part in the 1963 March on Washington (image via  Wikimedia Commons ).

Civil rights activists take part in the 1963 March on Washington (image via Wikimedia Commons).

With political and social strife at the highest they’ve been in generations, several movement lawyers from the 1960s and ’70s believe they can use their life experience to educate and inspire today’s social activist lawyers and demonstrators.

How the radical movements of the 1960s changed the law and challenged the status quo (podcast).

I got the opportunity to host this month's episode of "Asked and Answered." I interviewed attorney and activist Paul Harris about his work stretching back to the 1960s. Harris, one of the radical “movement lawyers” featured in the cover story for the August issue of the ABA Journal, spoke about his work defending high-profile clients like Huey Newton, Leonard McNeil and others.

Emoluments clause lawsuits against Donald Trump face uphill battle.

 "I've got the best emoluments! No one has better emoluments than me!" (image via  Wikimedia Commons )

"I've got the best emoluments! No one has better emoluments than me!" (image via Wikimedia Commons)

One of the most obscure and least-litigated clauses in the U.S. Constitution is about to get a lot of scrutiny from the federal judiciary. And the repercussions for President Donald Trump could be huge—provided the lawsuits can get past some significant procedural hurdles.