‘After Trump: Reconstructing the Presidency’

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‘After Trump: Reconstructing the Presidency’

Robert Bauer, Jack Goldsmith, Kathryn Dunn Tenpas

Thursday, April 15, 2021
11:00AM - 12:00PM (EDT)
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In After Trump: Reconstructing the Presidency, Robert Bauer and Jack Goldsmith provide a roadmap for reform of the presidency in the post-Trump era with 50 concrete proposals concerning conflicts of interest, foreign influence on elections, pardon power abuse, assaults on the press, law enforcement independence, the role of the White House counsel, war powers, and more. Each set of proposals is preceded by rich descriptions of relevant presidential history and relevant law and norms.

Both Bauer and Goldsmith served in senior executive branch positions—in the administrations of Barack Obama and George W. Bush, respectively—and have written widely on the presidency.


Thursday, April 15, 2021
11:00AM - 12:00PM (EDT)
online webinar
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Robert Bauer

Bob Bauer is professor of practice and distinguished scholar in residence at the New York University School of Law. He is a co-director of NYU Law’s Legislative and Regulatory Process Clinic. He served as White House Counsel to President Obama from 2009 to 2011. In 2013, the president named him to be co-chair of the Presidential Commission on Election Administration.

In addition to After Trump: Reconstructing the Presidency (2020), Bauer ha written two books on campaign finance and numerous articles on law and politics for legal periodicals. He is a contributing editor of Lawfare and has also written for Just Security. In 2000, Bauer received the “Burton Award for Legal Achievement” for his legal writing. In 2020, he was a senior adviser to the Biden presidential campaign (on leave from NYU Law), and he served as counsel to the Democratic leader in the trial of President Clinton. 

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Jack Goldsmith

Jack Goldsmith is the Learned Hand Professor of Law at Harvard Law School, a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution, and co-founder of Lawfare. He teaches and writes about national security law, presidential power, cybersecurity, international law, internet law, foreign relations law, and conflict of laws.  Before coming to Harvard, Goldsmith served as assistant attorney general, Office of Legal Counsel from 2003–2004, and special counsel to the Department of Defense from 2002–2003.  He was a professor at the University of Chicago Law School from 1997–2002, and at the University of Virginia School of Law from 1994–1997. Before entering the academy, Goldsmith was an associate at Covington & Burling in Washington, D.C. He clerked for Supreme Court Justice Anthony M. Kennedy from 1990–1991, for Court of Appeals Judge J. Harvie Wilkinson from 1989–1990, and for Judge George Aldrich on the Iran-U.S. Claims Tribunal from 1991–1993.

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Kathryn Dunn Tenpas

Kathryn Dunn Tenpas is a nonresident senior fellow with Governance Studies at the Brookings Institution, senior research director for the White House Transition Project, a fellow with the Center for Presidential Transition at the Partnership for Public Service, and secretary of the Governance Institute. Tenpas is a scholar of the American presidency focusing on White House staffing, presidential transitions, and the intersection of politics and policy within the presidency (e.g., presidential reelection campaigns, trends in presidential travel, and polling).