Michael Waldman

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Michael waldman

Constitutional lawyer, writer, President of the Brennan Center for Justice

Michael Waldman is President of the Brennan Center for Justice at the NYU School of Law. He is a constitutional lawyer and writer, and is an expert on the presidency and American democracy. The Brennan Center is a leading national voice on voting rights, money in politics, criminal justice reform and constitutional law. Waldman has led the Center since 2005.

Waldman was Director of Speechwriting for President Bill Clinton from 1995-99, serving as Assistant to the President. He was responsible for writing or editing nearly 2,000 speeches, including four State of the Union and two Inaugural Addresses. He was Special Assistant to the President for Policy Coordination from 1993-95.

His books include The Fight to Vote (2016), The Second Amendment: A Biography (2014). My Fellow Americans: The Most Important Speeches of America’s Presidents from George Washington to Barack Obama (2003, 2010); A Return to Common Sense (2007); POTUS Speaks (2000); and Who Robbed America? A Citizens' Guide to the S&L Scandal (1990).

He appearances on television and radio include Good Morning America; The Colbert ReportMorning Joe; PBS Newshour, CBS Evening NewsMeet the Press Daily; All In with Chris Hayesthe O'Reilly Factor; Nightline60 MinutesTavis SmileyHardball with Chris MatthewsThe Rachel Maddow Show; NPR’s Morning EditionAll Things ConsideredFresh Air; and Diane Rehm. He writes for publications including The New York Times, Politico, The Washington Post, Daily Beast, Slate, Democracy, Reuters.com and Bloomberg.com.  

Waldman participated in the The Common Good Forum & American Spirit Awards, 2019 on May 10, 2019, speaking on the “Renewing Democracy” panel with Cohen Curtis, Max Boot, and Nicole Austin-Hillery, moderated by Ari Melber.

Twitter: @mawaldman