Back in early 2000, I began my first full-time journalism job, working as a copy editor at a local newspaper in Warren, Ohio. In 2003, I started blogging at Law Dork while in law school — a decision that enmeshed me in the online world and ultimately led me here today. In the time since, I’ve written thousands of posts, articles, columns, and more reporting on and analyzing some of the biggest issues of the past 20 years. In my work, I’ve done my best to share my understanding of the legal and political questions that have confronted us and — most importantly — tell the stories I’ve found.
I spent a significant amount of that time as the legal editor and Supreme Court correspondent at BuzzFeed News. I’ve also written for The New York Times and MSNBC, among other national publications, and worked at Metro Weekly, The Appeal, and Grid News. I’ve been one of the key reporters covering some of the top stories of our day — including countless LGBTQ issues and problems in our criminal legal system.
With my newsletter, I’m bringing together the many lessons I’ve learned over the past two decades, including my time in law school and as a practicing lawyer, to help make sense of the world today — an uncertain time with important consequences for the way we live our lives and the way our government operates.
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This period is pivotal to the way our legal system, our politicians, and, ultimately, our country operate.
The Supreme Court’s conservative majority has long been hostile to voting rights and deferential to business interests, but the 6-3 supermajority of conservative justices have gone into overdrive over the past year — with five justices willing to take a reactionary turn, upending established fundamental rights and unsettling previously settled law. Our country has become increasingly dangerous for democracy, with the legacy of Jan. 6 looming as both a symbol and a factual reality over our politics. Many of these problems existed before the Trump presidency but were, again, pushed into overdrive by the politics that Donald Trump unleashed. We are seeing a growing racist and anti-LGBTQ environment building alongside — and intertwined — with that.
This reality — most prominently signified by the overturning of Roe v. Wade in June — means that great upheaval is happening. These changes will be seen at the federal level, but also in state government, in state and federal courts, from local prosecutors and police, and in people’s day-to-day lives. Abortion is being criminalized in large swaths of the country. The role of our schools — and even parents — in children’s lives are being challenged. Other rights currently taken for granted, it is clear, could also be thrown into question.
This newsletter will cover those developments by highlighting what’s happening, talking with the key decision-makers and those working to influence them, examining stories others are missing, and analyzing what matters and why.
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What’s my background?
I’m Chris Geidner (obviously), and I’ve been writing or in journalism, in one form or another, for nearly the past 25 years.
My career has prepared me for this moment. I have spent the past dozen years in Washington, covering the Supreme Court, as well as Congress and the past three administrations. As part of that work, I also covered the ins and outs of state and local developments — particularly related to same-sex couples’ marriage rights, employment discrimination, and other LGBTQ issues. I spent two years working on criminal legal issues, helping to educate myself on the complex set of issues and decision-makers that fuel our carceral system. Before all of that, I practiced law in Ohio, both for a private firm and state government. I even worked at a newspaper in Warren, Ohio, for two years before going to law school.
I’ve conducted interviews with some of the biggest newsmakers in the world, including former President Barack Obama and many Cabinet members, lawmakers, and state officials. My Twitter feed has been a must-read space for legal and political news for more than a decade, beginning with my coverage of the lawsuit against California’s Proposition 8 marriage amendment and continuing through this year’s Supreme Court term.
As a result of that work, I have become a national expert on the Supreme Court, judicial appointments, LGBTQ issues, the criminal legal system, and election law. In my reporting, I have broken national news regularly in those areas. For the past dozen years, I’ve been one of the key reporters in the country covering the Supreme Court — analyzing arguments and decisions, reporting on vacancies and appointments, and helping people to understand the behind-the-scenes developments that have changed the court.
I’ve been recognized with national awards for my reporting, including winning the GLAAD Media Award and being named NLGJA’s Journalist of the Year. I’ve been a guest on TV and radio and podcasts, including CNN’s Reliable Sources and NPR’s Morning Edition. I’ve served as a panelist, moderator, and guest speaker at conferences and events across the country, from universities to businesses to nonprofit organizations.
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I want to do this independently. I want to talk to the people who I think are essential to understanding what’s happening and tell you what I think matters and why. And I want to do so in a way that will allow this to become my job.
That means I need subscribers and, ultimately, it means I need paid subscribers.
If you’ve followed my work over any of the past 20 years, you know that I am upfront and honest about who I am and what I’m doing. I think now is the time for me to make this jump — but I need your help.
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Taking a page from others, I would certainly be open to more substantial financial support for this work. Please email me.
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