Happy Constitution Day! To celebrate the 225th Anniversary of the signing of the United States Constitution I am a (verified) Constitutional Lawyer here to educate - AMA
It's Constitution Day!
It's like any other federally recognized holiday (and it is federally recognized and yes, teacher's are supposed to teach the Constitution today) except that we don't get the day off (bummer).
But you know what's better than a day off for dorks like me? Getting to talk about the Constitution! I'm back for another round of Q&A about the Constitution and our legal system, so ask away Reddit - I should be around most of the day to answer questions.
I'm a lawyer living and working in DC. My pet love my whole life has been the Constitution and constitutional law. I do not work as a constitutional lawyer for my day job, but I do write academically and colloquially about areas of constitutional law. I've worked in a public interest firm doing constitutional litigation in the past, so I can do some Q&A about how that process works but I no longer actively litigate.
My areas of specialization are the First Amendment and legislative procedure. Within the First Amendment I know mostly speech/press/election law issues and legislative procedure is all about our federal legislative system (so everything from item-line veto to the filibuster) are what I love to talk and write about.
I have a general knowledge of most other constitutional provisions, so ask away - I'll be as accurate as possible (and will point you to more knowledgeable folks if I can't answer your questions).
One caveat - I'm not great on national security law. I know the basics on issues of military tribunals, jurisdictional issues, war powers, and executive privilege but questions of indefinite detention, torture, GITMO, and drone strikes are pretty foreign to me.
As always, I highly recommend the Lawfare Blog for all national security law related interests. The writers there are fantastic and unbelievably knowledgeable.
Obamacare Decision Day Q&A: http://www.reddit.com/r/politics/comments/vqncg/iama_constitutional_lawyer_verified_here_to/
DISCLAIMERS, IMPORTANT NOTES, AND LEGALESE
Nothing contained herein is or should be construed as legal advice. This is purely informational and made for educational purposes. I'm here because I believe educating people about our system is the best way to engage folks in protecting and improving the system. I'm not here to be your lawyer, nor could I legally give you advice even if I wanted to.
Also, I do my absolute best to keep my politics out of my commentary and my answers. Where I am giving an opinion or my interpretation, I will note it as best I can. The law, like many things, has many interpretations - some good, some bad. Opinions on case law are diverse and I'm not here to present a single truth, in fact I will do my best to display the diversity of opinion around particular areas of law.
Update - 7:30PM EST
Heading home from work. Will be back to answer more questions this evening after dinner. Thanks for all the fantastic questions - it's refreshing to see so much interest in the meaning, history, and relevance of the Constitution. Keep them coming!
Update - 9:40PM EST
Answer a bunch more questions - heading to relax and sleep. Will be sure to double back tomorrow and pick up any stragglers - sorry if I missed you today! Happy Constitution Day!
Update - Day 2 - 8:00AM EST
Wooo, that Constitution Day hangover is always a killer. I'm back and answering questions today. Hope to get to many of the ones I missed yesterday. I have meetings scattered throughout the day, so my responses may be slow.