The Art of Legal Blogging

Panel discussion featuring Lyle Denniston, Ilya Somin, and Alex Wohl

Tue, 04/21/2009
4:30 PM, Robertson Hall 002
Event Category: 
Panel Discussion
Undergraduate Students

Please join the Program in Law and Public Affairs on Tuesday, April 21 for a panel entitled "The Art of Legal Blogging," featuring Lyle Denniston of SCOTUSblog, Ilya Somin of The Volokh Conspiracy, and Alex Wohl of the American Constitution Society for Law and Policy.

We look forward to seeing you there!

About the panelists

Lyle Denniston has covered the Supreme Court for the past 49 years and is currently a blogger for the Supreme Court of the United States Blog at He has written about the challenges involved in detainee policy, and has covered specific cases such as Kimbrough v. United States (which involved the authority of federal judges to impose sentences for the criminal possession and distribution of cocaine) and Medellin v. Texas (which pertained to whether U.S. states are bound to judgments by the World Court concerning the legal rights of foreign nationals arrested and prosecuted for crimes in those states). A member of the Hall of Fame of the Society of Professional Journalists, Denniston also reports on the Supreme Court for Boston's radio station WBUR. In addition, he has authored The Reporter and the Law: Techniques of Covering the Courts.

An Assistant Professor at George Mason University School of Law, Ilya Somin currently serves as co-editor of the Supreme Court Economic Review. Multiple scholarly journals, such as the Yale Law Journal, Stanford Law Review, Northwestern University Law Review, and Harvard Journal of Law and Public Policy, have published his research on constitutional law, property law, and popular political participation. In addition, Somin has written articles for the Los Angeles Times, Wall Street Journal, Newark Star Ledger, Orlando Sentinel, South China Morning Post, Legal Times, and National Law Journal. He is the author of a 1996 book entitled Stillborn Crusade: The Tragic Failure of Western Intervention in the Russian Civil War, as well as the forthcoming Democracy and the Problem of Political Ignorance.

A former Supreme Court correspondent for the San Francisco Chronicle, Alex Wohl was selected in 1995 to be a Judicial Fellow at the U.S. Supreme Court, where he wrote speeches for the Chief Justice and met foreign judges and dignitaries. In addition to his current position as Communications Director for the American Constitutional Society, Wohl has served as a speechwriter for former Secretary of Education Richard W. Riley, Director of Communications at the U.S. Department of Education, and Director of Public Affairs for the American Federation of Teachers. Wohl's research has explored many topics, including legal affairs, education, and entertainment.

Presented by the LAPA Undergraduate Associates