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EDITOR


Ted Frank

Ted Frank is an Adjunct Fellow with the Center for Legal Policy at the Manhattan Institute. The Wall Street Journal has called him a "leading tort-reform advocate."

In addition to his role with the Manhattan Institute, Mr. Frank is the president of the Center for Class Action Fairness, which he founded in 2009. Mr. Frank has written for law reviews, the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post, and The American Spectator and has testified before Congress multiple times on legal issues. He also writes for the legal blog Overlawyered.com and serves on the Executive Committee of the Federalist Society Litigation Practice Group. In 2008, Mr. Frank was elected to membership in the American Law Institute.

Previously, Mr. Frank clerked for the Honorable Frank H. Easterbrook on the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals, was a litigator for ten years, served as the first director of the AEI Legal Center for the Public Interest, and was an attorney on the McCain-Palin 2008 campaign. Mr. Frank graduated the University of Chicago Law School with high honors and as a member of the Order of the Coif and the Law Review.

  Articles by Ted Frank

 
DIRECTOR


James R. Copland

Jim Copland is the director of the Center for Legal Policy at the Manhattan Institute. Under Mr. Copland's stewardship, the Center has published recent work on asbestos, class actions, and "toxic mold" litigation. The Center's 2003 report, Trial Lawyers, Inc.: A Report on the Lawsuit Industry in America, received favorable press attention on various television news channels, radio programs, and print sources including The Economist and The Wall Street Journal.

  Articles by James R. Copland

 
MANAGING EDITOR


Isaac Gorodetski

Isaac Gorodetski is the deputy director of the Center for Legal Policy at the Manhattan Institute. CLP seeks to develop and communicate thoughtful ideas on civil justice and criminal law reform to policy makers. Gorodetski is the managing editor of PointofLaw.com and the project manager of CLP's Trial Lawyers, Inc. series of publications examining the size, scope, and inner workings of America's lawsuit industry. Additionally, Gorodetski heads up CLP's state specific overcriminalization initiative which seeks to bring the alarming trend of over-expansive criminal codes and regulations to the fore of the public policy debate.

Gorodetski received his J.D. in 2011 from New York Law School where he was president of the NYLS Federalist Society chapter.

 
WEBLOG CONTRIBUTORS


Marie Gryphon

Marie Gryphon is a Senior Fellow with the Center for Legal Policy. As an attorney in private practice, she worked on ERISA, securities, class action, commercial contract, legal malpractice, and constitutional law cases. She has also been a legal and policy analyst with the Cato Institute, working on issues related to education policy. Her articles have appeared in Business Week, the Washington Post, the Dallas Morning News, the Star-Ledger, Forbes, FoxNews.com, National Review Online, and the Orange County Register. She holds a J.D. from the University of Washington School of Law and is a Ph.D. candidate in public policy at Harvard University.



Paul F. Enzinna

Paul F. Enzinna is a member of the White Collar Defense and Government Investigations Group at Brown Rudnick, LLP in Washington, DC. He represents individuals and corporations in internal and grand jury investigations, and at trial and on appeal. He has represented several death row inmates, and is a member of the Board of Directors of the Mid-Atlantic Innocence Project. In 2002, he was awarded the R. Kenneth Mundy Lawyer of the Year Award by the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers' District of Columbia chapter for his work in obtaining a full pardon, on the basis of DNA testing, for a Virginia man sentenced to more than 200 years imprisonment for rape.



J. Kevin Jenkins

J. Kevin Jenkins is Associate Professor of Educational Leadership at Mercer University, a former Spanish teacher and public school administrator. He earned his doctorate from the University of Georgia, where he studied affirmative action and equal protection law in public schools. His scholarly publications have focused primarily on the Equal Protection Clause in the contexts of personnel and of higher education admissions processes. His work has been cited in numerous scholarly publications, including the William & Mary Law Review, the Harvard Law Review, and in amicus briefs to the U.S. Supreme Court.



Michael Krauss

Michael Krauss, a professor at the George Mason School of Law, is nationally known for his research in torts and legal ethics. He is a leading scholar of the government "recoupment" lawsuits against the tobacco and gun industries, and he recently co-authored the second edition of Legal Ethics in a Nutshell.



Walter K. Olson

Walter Olson is a Senior Fellow with the Cato Institute, a commentator, author, and critic best known for his work on the American litigation system. He has written three widely acclaimed books on the American litigation system: The Litigation Explosion, The Excuse Factory, and The Rule of Lawyers. His writing appears regularly in such publications as the Wall Street Journal and New York Times, and he writes a regular column on American law for the Times Online (U.K.). His approximately 400 broadcast appearances include "Crossfire", the "Lehrer News Hour", CNN "NewsNight", and "Oprah". He founded and continues to run the popular Overlawyered.com weblog. He has frequently given testimony before lawmakers and advised public officials; the Washington Post has dubbed him an "intellectual guru of tort reform."



Hester Peirce

Hester Peirce is a senior research fellow at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University. Peirce's primary research interests relate to the regulation of the financial markets.

Hester Peirce served as Senior Counsel to Senator Shelby's staff on the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs. In that position, she worked on financial regulatory reform efforts following the financial crisis of 2008 and oversight of the regulatory implementation of the Dodd-Frank Act. Among the issues Peirce focused on were derivatives regulation, the use of economic analysis in the development of financial regulations, the regulation of investment advisers and broker-dealers, corporate governance, and the regulation of credit rating agencies. Her oversight work on the Banking Committee focused primarily on the activities of the Securities and Exchange Commission, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission, the Financial Stability Oversight Council, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, and the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board.



Jonathan B. Wilson

A seasoned business attorney, Jonathan B. Wilson has experience in corporate, securities, technology, and intellectual property law. He currently practices with the Atlanta firm of Taylor English Duma, LLP and is the former general counsel of two NASDAQ companies. He founded and chairs the American Bar Association's Renewable Energy Committee and in 2005 penned, Out of Balance: Prescriptions for Reforming the American Litigation System, outlining his ideas for legal reform.



Carter Wood

Carter Wood is a speechwriter for Business Roundtable in Washington, D.C., a trade association representing chief executive officers of leading U.S. companies. He previously spent five years as Senior Communications Advisor with the National Association of Manufacturers, where he wrote the blog, Shopfloor.org. A former newspaper reporter in Oregon and North Dakota, Wood served as policy advisor for two governors of North Dakota, a speechwriter for Secretary of Health and Human Services Tommy G. Thompson, a special assistant in the Federal Housing Finance Board, and a D.C. lobbyist for the governor of Indiana. Wood holds a B.S. in history from Reed College and an M.S.J. from the Columbia School of Journalism, New York City.

 
 
CONTRIBUTORS


David Bernstein

A professor at the George Mason University School of Law, David Bernstein is a scholar of wide-ranging interests, including torts, products liability, and scientific and expert evidence. He is co-author of the most extensive treatise to date on expert evidence and co-editor of Phantom Risk: Scientific Inference and the Law. Professor Bernstein is also a contributor to the popular weblog, The Volokh Conspiracy.



Lester Brickman

Lester Brickman is a professor of law at the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law at Yeshiva University. His areas of expertise include administrative alternatives to mass tort litigation, asbestos litigation, and contingency fee reform. Professor Brickman has written extensively on these and other topics, he has testified at congressional hearings, and he is widely quoted in the press.



Michael DeBow

A professor at both the Cumberland School of Law at Samford University and the School of Public Health at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, Michael DeBow is a leading researcher on the states' lawsuits against the tobacco companies, judicial selection mechanisms, and the politics of legal reform. He also contributes to the weblog Southern Appeal.



Richard Epstein

The James Parker Hall Distinguished Service Professor of Law at the University of Chicago and the Peter and Kirstin Bedford Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution, Richard Epstein is one of the most nation's most prolific legal scholars, with writings spanning almost every area of private law. He authored his first book on tort law almost 25 years ago, and he is editor of one of the leading torts casebooks.



Martin Grace

Martin Grace is a professor of risk management and insurance at Georgia State University, as well as the associate director of the school's Center for Risk Management and Insurance Research and an associate of the school's Fiscal Research Center. He also has his own blog on tort law, liability, and insurance, RiskProf.



Philip K. Howard

Philip Howard is a senior partner at Covington & Burling and the author of two best-selling books on lawsuit abuse, The Death of Common Sense: How Law is Suffocating America and The Collapse of the Common Good: How America's Lawsuit Culture Undermines Our Freedom. He contributed the “History of American Law: Since 1968” section of the Oxford Companion to American Law. He is founder and chair of the bipartisan legal reform coalition Common Good, which proposes structural solutions to fix America’s broken legal and regulatory system.



Daniel P. Kessler

An expert on health care management and medical malpractice reform, Daniel Kessler is a professor at Stanford Business School and Stanford Law School and a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution. His seminal work with Mark McClellan has quantified the effects of medical malpractice liability rules on medical practice. Professor Kessler continues to publish on health care policy, industrial organization, antitrust, and other issues in law and economics journals.



Tom Kirkendall

Tom Kirkendall, a prominent Houston lawyer, opened his own practice in 2002 after twenty years at Maddox, Perrin & Kirkendall, a business litigation firm he helped found in 1981. His areas of expertise include securities law, bankruptcy, and corporate reorganization. He writes the popular blog Houston's Clear Thinkers.



Stephen Presser

Stephen Presser, professor at Northwestern Law School and School of Management, is one of the leading scholars in the field of corporations, particularly on the issue of shareholder liability for corporate debts. He has authored a leading casebook in the field, An Introduction to the Law of Business Organizations. He is also considered an expert in legal history and constitutional law, a title he has earned as editor of the preeminent legal history casebook, as author of the compelling originalist treatise Recapturing the Constitution, and as a regular expert witness to the U.S. Congress on constitutional law issues.



Alexander Tabarrok

Alex Tabarrok is a professor of economics at George Mason University, research director at the Independent Institute, and a research fellow at the Mercatus Center. Along with Eric Helland, he has conducted much of the leading empirical work of the last decade on the law and economics of tort, including research on the effects of judicial election and selection systems on tort awards. Professor Tabarrok co-authors the law and economics weblog MarginalRevolution.com, one of the most widely read economics blogs on the internet, as well as the extensive FDA policies and reform website FDAReview.org.


   

 

 

 

 


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