Kim Wehle Profile

  • Wehle is a practicing lawyer and provides frequent legal commentary for CNN, MSNBC, NBC, BBC, NPR, Fox News, and numerous other media outlets.

  • Wehle is the author of How to Read the Constitution—and Why, What You Need to Know about Voting—and Why and How to Think Like a Lawyer and Why: A Common-Sense Guide to Everyday Dilemmas.

  • Wehle is active on social media and has a popular IGTV show on Instagram and YouTube called #SimplePolitics in which she offers digestible translations of the latest political, legal and international news with notable guests.
  • Kimberly Wehle is a tenured law professor, book author, opinion journalist, lawyer, and former CBS News legal analyst. At the University of Baltimore School of Law, her teaching and scholarship focus on the separation of powers, administrative agencies, and civil litigation. In addition to her scholarly work, Wehle is a practicing lawyer and provides frequent legal commentary for CNN, MSNBC, NBC, BBC, NPR, Fox News, and numerous other media outlets. She writes regularly for The Atlantic, Politico, The Hill, and The Bulwark, among other leading publications. She added “author” to her resume with her first book, How to Read the Constitution—and Why. It was quickly followed by her release, What You Need to Know about Voting—and Why. Then she released How to Think Like a Lawyer and Why: A Common-Sense Guide to Everyday Dilemmas.

    As the law and the Constitution move to the forefront of the national conversation in unprecedented ways, it can be overwhelming or confusing for some. But Wehle believes it is paramount that the public understands the foundation of our country – our constitutional rights and the limits on government – in order to appreciate what’s at stake. To that end, she is passionate about sharing why we each must be engaged in protecting our democracy and has become a national voice of expertise and reason on this subject. With her years of teaching experience and an impressive resume as a practicing lawyer, Wehle breaks down the latest political and legal debates to audiences of all ages, political parties, and backgrounds. But almost more importantly, she imparts to her audiences the most crucial piece of the puzzle: why each one of us should care about these issues.

    Wehle was the recipient of the prestigious Board of Regents Faculty Award for the University of Maryland for excellence in scholarship, research, and creative activity—the highest honor presented by the USM system to faculty members. She also served as an Assistant United States Attorney in Washington, D.C., and Associate Independent Counsel in the Whitewater Investigation.

    Wehle is active on social media and has a popular IGTV show on Instagram and YouTube called #SimplePolitics. In this video series, she offers digestible translations of the latest political, legal and international news with notable guests, including US Senators, TV news analysts, authors, and prominent journalists.

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    The Foundations of Our Democracy—Why Civic Engagement Matters Now More Than Ever

    Our nation is on the brink of change - but are “We the People” in the driver’s seat? Now more than ever, it is vital for all Americans, regardless of their political party, to know how the Constitution and the right to vote work. Perhaps most importantly, we all need to know why, if we don’t step up now, American life will look very different for our children and grandchildren. Using common-sense language, Professor of Law Kim Wehle breaks down how the U.S. Constitution works and how its protections may be eroding before our eyes. Audiences will learn the mechanics of the U.S. electoral system, what role the U.S. Supreme Court plays in democracy writ large, as well as a fascinating survey of America's history and future. Wehle underscores in common-sense terms what every American needs to know about civics (but what nobody has explained thus far).

    What Dobbs Means for American Business

    The Supreme Court’s decision to overrule Roe v. Wade goes well beyond the question of reproductive rights. The Court devised a brand-new, two-part test for determining how individual rights will be evaluating going forward, and states will play an outsized role. After Dobbs, reproductive rights will depend on 50 states’ laws, and along with it, a raft of unknowns for business planners. Wehle walks through the HR and insurance implications for businesses as well as the trajectory of the Supreme Court moving forward, and offers a list of vital recommendations and projections moving forward, with an eye towards identifying some certainty in the uncertainty.

    How to Think Like a Lawyer in Making Decisions—and Why You Should

    What does the average person have in common with lawyers? From the mundane to the game-changers, decisions need to be made very day. But a key way in which the everyday person differs from a lawyer is how each goes about making decisions. A non-lawyer may search for answers to validate or solidify a pre-conceived decision, while a lawyer looks for questions. Based on her latest book, How to Think Like a Lawyer and Why: A Common-sense Guide to Everyday Dilemmas, Professor of Law Kim Wehle takes you through the decision-making practice she uses every day as a lawyer and legal educator. Whether it be buying a home, negotiating a salary, or choosing the right health gear, every major decision you make matters—so why not use a methodical process to help cut through the confusion? Wehle offers a five-step method that helps users identify relevant facts, personal values, counter-arguments, and tolerance. The method is so effective that her students often tell her, years after graduating law school, that they use it every day in practice.

    Simple Politics with Kim Wehle

    The American political newsfeed is a non-stop carousel rife with ever-changing and complex issues. Based on her growing Instagram and YouTube series, #Simple Politics, Professor Kim Wehle offers a thoughtful and non-partisan breakdown of the latest and most pressing political news of the day—and how the law shapes it.

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    Books by Kim Wehle:

    How to Think Like a Lawyer–and Why: A Common-Sense Guide to Everyday Dilemmas

    A law professor and author teaches non-attorneys how to think like a lawyer to gain advantage in their lives—whether buying a house, negotiating a salary, or choosing the right healthcare.
    Lawyers aren’t like other people. They often argue points that are best left alone or look for mistakes in menus “just because.” While their scrupulous attention to detail may be annoying, it can also be a valuable skill.

    Do you need to make health care decisions for an aging parent but are unsure where to start? Are you at crossroads in your career and don’t know how to move forward? Have you ever been on a jury trying to understand confusing legal instructions? How to Think Like a Lawyer has the answers to help you cut through the confusion and gain an advantage in your everyday life. Kim Wehle identifies the details you need to pay attention to, the questions you should ask, the responses you should anticipate, and the pitfalls you can avoid.

    How to Read the Constitution–and Why

    “A must-read for this era.”—Jake Tapper, CNN Anchor and Chief Washington Correspondent
    An insightful, urgent, and perennially relevant handbook that lays out in common sense language how the United States Constitution works, and how its protections are eroding before our eyes—essential reading for anyone who wants to understand and parse the constantly breaking news about the backbone of American government.

    The Constitution is the most significant document in America. But do you fully understand what this valuable document means to you? In How to Read the Constitution—and Why, legal expert and educator Kimberly Wehle spells out in clear, simple, and common sense terms what is in the Constitution, and most importantly, what it means. In compelling terms and including text from the United States Constitution, she describes how the Constitution’s protections are eroding—not only in express terms but by virtue of the many legal and social norms that no longer shore up its legitimacy—and why every American needs to heed to this “red flag” moment in our democracy.

    This invaluable—and timely—resource includes the Constitution in its entirety and covers nearly every significant aspect of the text, from the powers of the President and how the three branches of government are designed to hold each other accountable, to what it means to have individual rights—including free speech, the right to bear arms, the right to be free from unreasonable searches and seizures, and the right to an abortion. Finally, the book explains why it has never been more important than now for all Americans to know how our Constitution works—and why, if we don’t step in to protect it now, we could lose its protections forever.

    How to Read the Constitution—and Why is essential reading for anyone who cares about maintaining an accountable government and the individual freedoms that the Constitution enshrines for everyone in America—regardless of political party.

    What You Need to Know About Voting–and Why

    “Now, more than ever, Americans are realizing that their votes count. Kim Wehle’s excellent guide tells you everything you need to know about the laws governing our greatest right and privilege. A must-read, especially in an election year.” —Norah O’Donnell, Anchor and Managing Editor, CBS Evening News
    Want to change the world? The first step is to exercise your right to vote! In this step by step guide, you can learn everything you need to know.

    In What You Need to Know About Voting—and Why, law professor and constitutional scholar Kimberly Wehle offers practical, useful advice on the mechanics of voting and an enlightening survey of its history and future.

    For new voters, would-be voters, young people and all of us looking ahead to the next election, What You Need to Know About Voting—and Why is a timely and informative guide, providing the background you need in order to make informed choices that will shape our shared destiny for decades to come.

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