Jack M. Balkin is Knight Professor of Constitutional Law and the First Amendment at Yale Law School, and the Founder and Director of Yale's Information Society Project, an interdisciplinary center that studies law and the new information technologies, and the co-director of Yale's Law and Media Program. Professor Balkin teaches and writes in the areas of constitutional law, telecommunications and Internet law, first amendment law, cultural and social theory, and jurisprudence. He is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and writes political and legal commentary at Balkinization (http://balkin.blogspot.com/). His books include Cultural Software: A Theory of Ideology (1998); The Laws of Change: I Ching and the Philosophy of Life (2002), What Brown v. Board of Education Should Have Said (2001) and What Roe v. Wade Should Have Said (2005). His latest book, co-edited with Reva Siegel, is The Constitution in 2020.
Joshua Braver received his B.A. from U.C. Berkeley. He specialized in international relations and graduated as the valedictorian of the 2006 Political Science Department. Subsequently, Josh worked in New York City’s Department of Homeless Services Legal Affairs. Currently, he is a student at Yale Law School where he has a burgeoning interest in international law, election law, and appellate litigation. Readers can reach Josh at josh.C2020@gmail.com.
Adam Chandler is a former SCOTUSblogger and an inveterate Southerner from Burlington, NC. Adam spent his undergraduate years as a math major at Duke before studying Higher Education at Oxford. Now a law student at Yale, Adam enjoys Supreme Court statistics, empirical law and economics, and, of course, the Constitution and its protections. Readers can reach Adam at adam.C2020@gmail.com.
Stephen Gikow has been a lifetime New Yorker, although he hopes to branch out to other urban and rural centers in the future. He spent his undergraduate years wistfully contemplating Italian literature, film, political philosophy, and history. Upon graduation, he returned to Manhattan to work as a paralegal for the District Attorney's Office, after which he moved to a small nonprofit in Brooklyn. At law school, Stephen has pursued his interests in information policy, both constitutional and otherwise. Readers can reach Stephen at stephen.C2020@gmail.com.
Valarie Kaur is leaning how to fight the good fight with Law as sword and shield. Before coming to law school, Valarie traveled the world with her award-winning documentary film Divided We Fall, the first feature film on hate violence in the aftermath of Sept. 11, 2001. When not on the road, she grounded her work in the study of religion and narrative ethics at Stanford University and Harvard Divinity School. She is passionate about social justice and very dark chocolate. Readers can reach Valarie at valarie.C2020@gmail.com.
Jeremy Kessler was born and raised in Queens, NY. Before coming to Yale Law School, Jeremy studied the history and philosophy of science at King’s College, Cambridge and literature at Yale College. He occasionally writes for the Hannah Barry Gallery in Peckham, London, and is working on a series of essays on the experience of belief in the secular mind. Readers can reach Jeremy at jeremy.C2020@gmail.com.
Tafari Lumumba was born in east Denver, Colorado and graduated from Colorado College with a degree in English: Creative Writing. As a Watson Fellow, he has travelled extensively through Latin America, studying storytelling and folktales. He is currently a student at Yale Law School and wishes to serve his old neighborhood as a civil rights attorney and community organizer. While unraveling the mysteries of substantive due process, he remains active in his east Denver community and is currently writing a non-fiction work about social justice in Latin America. Readers can reach Tafari at tafari.lumumbaC2020@gmail.com.
Luke Norris is currently a student at Yale Law, where he is a member of the Lowenstein International Human Rights Clinic and the Yale Law & Policy Review. Before coming to Yale Law, Luke completed graduate work at Oxford University. A 2006 graduate of Gettysburg College, Luke has worked in schools and orphanages in Argentina and with the AIDS Momentum Project in New York City. Luke recently returned from Tanzania, where he worked on legal issues related to land rights and gender. Readers can reach Luke at Luke.C2020@gmail.com.
Reva B. Siegel is Nicholas deB. Katzenbach Professor of Law at Yale University, where she teaches courses in constitutional law, antidiscrimination law, legal history, and human rights law. She is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and serves as faculty advisor to the American Constitution Society chapter at Yale Law School. Professor Siegel's writing draws on legal history to explore questions of law and inequality, and to analyze how courts interact with representative government and popular movements in interpreting the Constitution. She is currently writing on the role of social movement conflict in guiding constitutional change, addressing this question in recent articles on reproductive rights, originalism and the Second Amendment, the "de facto ERA," and the enforcement of Brown. Her books include Directions in Sexual Harassment Law (2003) edited with Catharine A. MacKinnon; and Processes of Constitutional Decisionmaking (6th ed. 2006), with Paul Brest, Sanford Levinson, Jack Balkin and Akhil Amar. Her latest book, co-edited with Jack Balkin, is The Constitution in 2020.
Kenneth Townsend was raised in rural Mississippi and has studied politics and political theory at Millsaps College and Oxford University. Before returning to school, he taught ethics, public policy, and political theory for a couple of years at the University of Mississippi. This time at home allowed Kenneth to re-connect with two of his greatest passions: country music and SEC sports. At Yale, Kenneth is pursuing a joint degree with the Law School and Divinity School. Readers can reach Kenneth at kenneth.C2020@gmail.com.
Daniel Winik is a law student at Yale, where he serves as an Articles Editor of the Yale Law & Policy Review and spends much of his time working with the Immigration Legal Services clinic. He received his undergraduate degree in Ethics, Politics, and Economics during an earlier stint at Yale. A native Washingtonian, he loves little more than talking law and politics (when not singing, cooking, or taking photos) and is excited to journey into the blogosphere with such good conversation-mates. Readers can reach Daniel at daniel.C2020@gmail.com.
Tom Wolf is pretty tall. Prior to beginning his legal training at Yale Law School, Tom received a theoretical education in politics, planning, and community organizing at Harvard University, the University of Cambridge, and University College London. He received a practical education in the same as an operative for Obama for America. In addition to optimism, pragmatism, and the Constitution, he enjoys irony and earnesty… honestly, however ironically. Readers can reach Tom at tom.C2020@gmail.com.