//  3/16/17  //  Commentary

Article II, Section 3 of the United States Constitution commands that the President "shall take Care that the laws be faithfully executed."  As Justice Robert Jackson famously explained, this clause signifies that "ours is a government of laws, not of men, and that we submit ourselves to rulers only if under rules.”

Take Care is a new collaborative blog that will provide insightful, accessible, and timely analysis of whether the President is adhering to legal limits on his authority.  That question looms large under President Donald J. Trump, who has besieged the rule of law and shown little respect for constitutional values.  Indeed, within mere months of inauguration, he has already embraced policies that raise profound questions about individual rights, the structure of government, conflicts of interest, and the foundations of our democratic society.  The legal and cultural struggle over these policies will persist for years to come.   

Our contributors include many preeminent legal authorities, as well as rising stars within the profession.  While contributors may disagree on particular issues, they stand united in their desire to protect and defend the rule of law in America.

That undertaking depends in no small part on public understanding of major legal questions.  For months, the American public has been drinking from a fire hose, trying to comprehend the full scope of developments unfolding around them.  Take Care will be a resource for anyone—lawyers, journalists, policymakers, and concerned citizens—looking to understand a wide range of legal issues under President Trump.  Whether widely known or absurdly arcane, many of these rules define the way we live.

This site will gather, curate, organize, and archive thoughtful legal writing about the Trump Administration.  From the very beginning, you'll find:

  •       A daily update that will get you up to speed on the latest legal analyses from around the web
  •       A host of ever-growing topic pages that shed light on cutting-edge legal issues and will soon encompass a veritable arsenal of ideas, insights, and analyses relevant to major Trump policies.
  •       Quick reactions, commentary, and in-depth analysis from our contributors, many of whom are actively engaged in the most important legal battles already underway

In addition, we are hard at work on several other exciting projects, which we will unveil in the coming months.

Ultimately, we seek to break new ground and educate the public about significant legal questions in the Age of Trump.  In these extraordinary times, we must all play our part in ensuring the President “shall take Care that the Laws be faithfully executed.”

 


My New Article on Jurisdiction Stripping -- And Why It's Timely

2/6/18  //  In-Depth Analysis

The president, acting alone, has no power to override the courts, but with the aid of a compliant Congress, he can do quite a bit.

Michael C. Dorf

Cornell Law School

Did the Nunes Memo Answer Rangappa’s Five Questions? The Nunes Memo is a Nothing Memo.

2/5/18  //  In-Depth Analysis

Yale Law’s Asha Rangappa offered an excellent post asking five key questions. If the Nunes Memo did not address them, it seriously undercuts its credibility.

Jed Shugerman

Fordham Law School

Versus Trump: Is There A Freedom To Say Goodbye?

2/1/18  //  Commentary

On a new episode of Versus Trump, Charlie and Jason discuss an unexpected recent opinion that held that Ravi Ragbir, an immigration activist and alien subject to deportation, had the "freedom to say goodbye" before he could be removed from this country. Listen now!

Charlie Gerstein

Civil Rights Corps

Jason Harrow

Equal Citizens