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  1. Barack Obama

    Barack Obama


    Barack Hussein Obama II (i/bəˈrɑːk hˈsn ɵˈbɑːmə/; born August 4, 1961) is the 44th and current President of the United States, and the first African American to hold the office. Born in Honolulu, Hawaii, Obama is a graduate of Columbia University and Harvard Law School, where he served as president of the Harvard Law Review. He was a community organizer in Chicago before earning his law degree. He worked as a civil rights attorney and taught constitutional law at University of Chicago Law School between 1992 and 2004. He served three terms representing the 13th District in the Illinois Senate from 1997 to 2004, running unsuccessfully for the United States House of Representatives in 2000 to Bobby Rush.

  2. Bill Clinton

    Bill Clinton


    William Jefferson "Bill" Clinton (August 19, 1946), born William Jefferson Blythe III, is an American politician who served as the 42nd President of the United States from 1993 to 2001. He previously served as Governor of Arkansas from 1979 to 1981 and 1983 to 1992, and as the state's Attorney General from 1977 to 1979. A member of the Democratic Party, ideologically Clinton was a New Democrat, and many of his policies reflected a centrist Third Way philosophy of governance.

  3. Hillary Rodham Clinton

    Hillary Rodham Clinton


    Hillary Diane Rodham Clinton (born October 26, 1947) is an American politician who served as the 67th United States Secretary of State under President Barack Obama from 2009 to 2013. She is the wife of the 42nd President of the United States Bill Clinton, and was First Lady of the United States during his tenure from 1993 to 2001. Clinton subsequently served as a United States Senator from New York from 2001 to 2009, and is a candidate for President of the United States in the 2016 presidential election.

  4. Robert Kennedy Jr.

    Robert Kennedy Jr.


    Robert Francis Kennedy, Jr., (born January 17, 1954) is an American radio host, environmental activist, author and attorney specializing in environmental law. He is a son of Robert Francis "Bobby" Kennedy, the United States Senator for New York and the 64th U.S. Attorney General. He is the nephew of U.S. President John Fitzgerald "Jack" Kennedy. Kennedy is President of the Board of Waterkeeper Alliance, a non-profit focused on grass-roots efforts to protect and enhance waterways worldwide. He currently co-hosts Ring of Fire, a nationally syndicated American radio program. Kennedy has written three political books and two children's books. Kennedy has several times said he was considering running for elective office in the state of New York, but to date he has decided against running for office. In August 2014, Kennedy married actress Cheryl Hines, his third wife. Kennedy is an avid white-water rafter and has a longstanding interest in environmental issues related to water resources, water pollution and the Hudson River.

  5. Anita Hill

    Anita Hill


    Anita Faye Hill (born July 30, 1956) is an American attorney and academic. She is a professor of social policy, law and women's studies at Brandeis University's Heller School for Social Policy and Management. She became a national figure in 1991 when she accused U.S. Supreme Court nominee Clarence Thomas, her supervisor at the U.S. Department of Education and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, of sexual harassment.

  6. Joe Biden

    Joe Biden


    Joseph Robinette "Joe" Biden, Jr. (/ˈsɨf rɒbɨˈnɛt ˈbdən/; born November 20, 1942) is an American politician who is the 47th and current Vice President of the United States, jointly elected twice with President Barack Obama, and in office since 2009. A member of the Democratic Party, Biden represented Delaware as a United States Senator from 1973 until becoming Vice President in 2009.

  7. Charlie Korsmo

    Charlie Korsmo


    Charles Randolph "Charlie" Korsmo (born July 20, 1978) is an American former child actor turned lawyer.

  8. William Howard Taft

    William Howard Taft


    William Howard Taft (September 15, 1857 – March 8, 1930) was the 27th President of the United States (1909–1913) and later the tenth Chief Justice of the United States (1921–1930). He is the only person to have served in both of these offices.

  9. Antonin Scalia

    Antonin Scalia


    Antonin Gregory Scalia (skəˈlijə; born March 11, 1936) is an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States. As the longest-serving justice currently on the Court, Scalia is the Senior Associate Justice. Appointed to the Court by President Ronald Reagan in 1986, Scalia has been described as the intellectual anchor for the originalist and textualist position in the Court's conservative wing.

  10. Elizabeth Warren

    Elizabeth Warren


    Elizabeth Ann Warren (née Herring; born June 22, 1949) is an American academic and politician, who is the senior United States Senator from Massachusetts. She is a member of the Democratic Party, and was previously a Harvard Law School professor specializing in bankruptcy law. A prominent legal scholar, Warren is among the most cited in the field of commercial law. She is an active consumer protection advocate whose scholarship led to the conception and establishment of the U.S. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. Warren has written a number of academic and popular works, and is a frequent subject of media interviews regarding the American economy and personal finance.

  11. Barry Scheck

    Barry Scheck


    Barry C. Scheck (born September 19, 1949) is an American lawyer. He received national media attention while serving on O.J. Simpson's defense team, helping to win an acquittal in the highly publicized murder case. Scheck is the director of the Innocence Project and a professor at Yeshiva University's Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law in New York City.

  12. Alan M. Dershowitz

    Alan M. Dershowitz


    Alan Morton Dershowitz (born September 1, 1938) is an American lawyer, jurist, author, and political commentator. He is a prominent scholar on United States constitutional law and criminal law, and a leading defender of civil liberties. He spent most of his career at Harvard Law School where in 1967, at the age of 28, he became the youngest full professor of law in its history. He held the Felix Frankfurter professorship there from 1993 until his retirement in December 2013.

  13. David Vitter

    David Vitter


    David Bruce Vitter (born May 3, 1961) is the senior United States Senator from Louisiana and a member of the Republican Party. Previously, he served in the United States House of Representatives, representing the suburban Louisiana's 1st congressional district. He served as a member of the Louisiana House of Representatives before entering the U.S. House.

  14. Robert Bork

    Robert Bork


    Robert Heron Bork (March 1, 1927 – December 19, 2012) was an American legal scholar who advocated the judicial philosophy of originalism. Bork served as a Yale Law School professor, Solicitor General, Acting Attorney General, and a judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. In 1987, he was nominated to the Supreme Court by President Ronald Reagan, but the Senate rejected his nomination. Bork had more success as an antitrust scholar, where his once-idiosyncratic view that antitrust law should focus on maximizing consumer welfare has come to dominate American legal thinking on the subject.

  15. Harrison Tweed

    Harrison Tweed


    Harrison Tweed (October 18, 1885 – June 16, 1969) was an American lawyer and civic leader.

  16. William Kunstler

    William Kunstler


    William Moses Kunstler (July 7, 1919 – September 4, 1995) was an American self-described "radical lawyer" and civil rights activist, known for his politically unpopular clients. Kunstler was an active member of the National Lawyers Guild, a board member of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and the co-founder of the Law Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR), the "leading gathering place for radical lawyers in the country".

  17. Peter Edelman

    Peter Edelman


    Peter B. Edelman (born January 9, 1938) is a lawyer, policy maker, and law professor at Georgetown University Law Center, specializing in the fields of poverty, welfare, juvenile justice, and constitutional law. He worked for Senator Robert F. Kennedy, and for the Clinton Administration, where he resigned to protest Clinton's signing the welfare reform legislation. Edelman grew up in Minneapolis, Minnesota. His father worked as a lawyer and his mother worked as a homemaker. Edelman is married to Marian Wright Edelman, president and founder of the Children's Defense Fund.

  18. Anthony Kennedy

    Anthony Kennedy


    Anthony McLeod Kennedy (born July 23, 1936) is an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States who was appointed by President Ronald Reagan in 1988. Since the retirement of Sandra Day O'Connor, Kennedy has often been the swing vote on many of the Court's 5–4 decisions. Helen J. Knowles argues that, "libertarian principles play prominent roles in Justice Kennedy's judicial opinions in several areas of the law," especially regarding " privacy rights, race, and free speech."

  19. Susan Estrich

    Susan Estrich


    Susan Estrich (born December 16, 1952) is an American lawyer, professor, author, political operative, feminist advocate, and political commentator for Fox News.

  20. Sonia Sotomayor

    Sonia Sotomayor


    Sonia Maria Sotomayor (/ˈsnjə ˈstəˌmər/, born June 25, 1954) is an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States, serving since August 2009. She is the 111th appointment to the Court, has the distinction of being its first justice of Hispanic heritage, its third female justice, and its twelfth Roman Catholic justice. Sotomayor, along with John Roberts and Elena Kagan, is one of the youngest justices on the Supreme Court.

  21. Warren E. Burger

    Warren E. Burger


    Warren Earl Burger (September 17, 1907 – June 25, 1995) was the 15th Chief Justice of the United States from 1969 to 1986. Although Burger was a conservative, the U.S. Supreme Court delivered a variety of liberal decisions on abortion, capital punishment, religious establishment, and school desegregation during his tenure.

  22. Elyn Saks

    Elyn Saks


    Elyn Saks is Associate Dean and Orrin B. Evans Professor of Law, Psychology, and Psychiatry and the Behavioral Sciences at the University of Southern California Gould Law School and an expert in mental health law.

  23. Harlan F. Stone

    Harlan F. Stone


    Harlan Fiske Stone (October 11, 1872 – April 22, 1946) was an American lawyer and jurist. A native of New Hampshire, he served as the dean of Columbia Law School, his alma mater, in the early 20th century. As a member of the Republican Party, he was appointed as the 52nd Attorney General of the United States before becoming an Associate Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court in 1925. In 1941, Stone became the 12th Chief Justice of the United States, serving until his death in 1946 – one of the shortest terms of any Chief Justice. Stone was the first Chief Justice not to have served in elected office. His most famous dictum was: "Courts are not the only agency of government that must be assumed to have capacity to govern."

  24. Amy Chua

    Amy Chua


    Amy L. Chua (traditional Chinese: 蔡美兒; simplified Chinese: 蔡美儿; pinyin: Cài Měi'ér, born October 26, 1962, in Champaign, Illinois), is an American lawyer, writer, and legal scholar. She is the John M. Duff Jr. Professor of Law at Yale Law School. She joined the Yale faculty in 2001 after teaching at Duke Law School for seven years. Prior to starting her teaching career, she was a corporate law associate at Cleary, Gottlieb, Steen & Hamilton. She specializes in the study of international business transactions, law and development, ethnic conflict, and globalization and the law and is noted for her parenting memoir, Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother. In 2011, she was named one of Time magazine’s 100 most influential people, one of the Atlantic Monthly’s Brave Thinkers, and one of Foreign Policy’s Global Thinkers.

  25. Akhil Reed Amar

    Akhil Reed Amar


    Akhil Reed Amar (born September 6, 1958) is an American legal scholar, an expert on constitutional law and criminal procedure. Formerly the Southmayd Professor of Law at Yale Law School, he was named Sterling Professor of Law in 2008. A Legal Affairs poll placed Amar among the top 20 contemporary US legal thinkers.

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