I have never mentioned much about my legal background as it was never relevant.
It was also hard to describe what I wrote about to non-lawyers, as my focus was on thorny procedural issues as well as bigger questions of constitutional law.
Anyhow, I earned the highest class grades in Constitutional Law, Advanced Constitutional Law, White Collar Crime, and Civil Rights Actions. I was a research assistant for several law professors, including one of the country’s top constitutional law scholars.
There are maybe a couple of dozen lawyers in the United States who have a better understanding of 42 U.S.C. 1983 than I do. Here’s my prior legal blog on civil rights actions.
For a sense of my work, here are some of the sources that have cited me.
You can look all of this stuff up yourself by entering my name into Westlaw, Lexis-Nexis or some similar database. Use this search strand: [“Mike Cernovich” OR federalism.typepad.com OR crimeandfederalism.com]
My legal writing has been cited in at least two federal court opinions:
- Priester v. Rich, 2006 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 36831 (D. Ga. 2006)
- Boxer X v. Harris, No. 603CV147, 2007 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 45149 (S.D. Ga. June 4, 2007).
Most lawyers are never cited in a federal court opinion. Ask the lawyers who hate on me to see their citations.
I have made original contributions to legal scholarship:
I have written encyclopedia entries in Encyclopedia of American Civil Liberties, ghost written chapters in books, and written entire sections 0f legal treatises. (I have to keep that writing secret per the various non-disclosure agreements.)
I have been thanked for my contributions and feedback in these books:
- Academic Legal Writing
- And the Walls Came Tumbling Down: Greatest Closing Arguments Protecting Civil Liberties
My legal writing has been cited in various law review articles and books:
- The Future of Reputation: Gossip, Rumor, and Privacy on the Internet (Oct 24, 2007)
- A Blawg Odyssey: Exploring How the Legal Community Is Using Blogs and How Blogs Are Changing the Legal Community, 60 Mercer L. Rev. 1353 (2008).
- Sects’ Offenders: The Inefficacy of Sex Offender Residency Laws and Their Burdens on the Free Exercise of Religion, 16 Cardozo J.L. & Gender 343 (2009-2010).
- Citation of Blogs in Judicial Opinions, 13 Tul. J. Tech. & Intell. Prop. 39 (2010).
- Iqbal Signals Bivens’ Peril: A Call for Congressional Action, 37 Fordham Urb. L.J. 1057 (2010).
- Systemic Racial Bias and Rico’s Application to Criminal Street and Prison Gangs, 17 Mich. J. Race & L. 303 (2011-2012).
- Inaccuracy of age assessment from images of postpubescent subjects in cases of alleged child pornography, 16 Cardozo J.L. & Gender 343 (2009-2010).
My legal work has included the following types of cases in state and federal courts across the country:
- Drive-by shootings
- First Amendment law
- White collar crime
- Section 1983/civil rights litigation
- Police misconduct
- Date rape
- Breach of contract/business litigation
I don’t give legal advice online.
Although Danger & Play is written by a lawyer, this is not a legal website and I do not advertise myself as a lawyer.