September 9, 1959 |
|Alma mater||Yale Law School
Edward Lazarus (born September 9, 1959) is a lawyer and writer who was named Chief of Staff of the Federal Communications Commission on June 29, 2009. He went to the FCC from the Los Angeles office of the law firm Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld. He has announced his intention to leave the FCC in January, 2012.
He is best known as the author of Closed Chambers, a controversial look at the inner workings of the Supreme Court. His first book, Black Hills, White Justice, was about the legal history of the Sioux Nation's land claims against the United States for compensation for the Black Hills — for which his father, Arthur Lazarus, Jr. was a principal attorney — culminating in the United States Supreme Court's ruling in United States v. Sioux Nation of Indians.
Lazarus was a law clerk for Justice Harry Blackmun from 1988 to 1989. Lazarus graduated from Yale University in 1981 and Yale Law School in 1987. From 2004 to April 2009, he wrote a regular column for FindLaw, and he appeared as a guest expert on legal affairs for several television and radio stations.
- Writ.news.findlaw.com, Lazarus' columns at FindLaw
- Booknotes interview with Lazarus on Closed Chambers, June 14, 1998.
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