Jeffrey Rosen

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Jeffrey Rosen in February 2008

Jeffrey Rosen (born February 13, 1964)[1] is an American academic and commentator on legal affairs. Legal historian David Garrow has called him "the nation's most widely read and influential legal commentator".[2] Since 2013, he has served as the President and CEO of the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia.

Biography[edit]

Rosen is the son of Sidney and Estelle Rosen, both of whom are psychiatrists.[3] He has been married to Christine Rosen (formerly Stolba), a historian, since 2003. He graduated as valedictorian from the Dalton School (1982), summa cum laude from Harvard University in English Literature and Government (1986) and was a Marshall scholar at Balliol College, Oxford in Philosophy, Politics and Economics (1988), from which he received a second bachelor's degree. He also has a law degree from Yale Law School (1991), after which he served as law clerk to Chief Judge Abner Mikva.[4][3]

He is a professor of law at the Law School of George Washington University in Washington, D.C., and has been the commentator on legal affairs for The New Republic since 1992. Rosen is a nonresident senior fellow at the Brookings Institution, where he speaks and writes about technology and the future of democracy.[5] He often appears as a guest on National Public Radio, and is a frequent contributor to the New York Times Magazine.[6]

Journalism[edit]

Rosen has written frequently about the United States Supreme Court. He has interviewed Chief Justice John Roberts,[7] Justice John Paul Stevens,[8] and Justice Stephen Breyer.[9] Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg credited his early support for her Supreme Court candidacy as a factor in her nomination.[10] His essay about Sonia Sotomayor, then a potential Supreme Court nominee,[11] provoked controversy for its use of anonymous sources.[12][13] However, other media outlets, including the New York Times, had relied upon similar sources.[14][15] Rosen worked with Justice Elena Kagan for many years and is the brother-in-law of Justice Department attorney Neal Katyal.[16] In an opinion piece published after Kagan's nomination hearings and before the Senate's vote on her confirmation, Rosen encouraged Kagan to look to the late Justice Louis Brandeis as a model "to develop a positive vision of progressive jurisprudence in an age of economic crisis, financial power and technological change".[16]

Rosen's articles assessing the Supreme Court have been ideologically unpredictable. He strongly denounced Bush v. Gore,[17] but supported the nomination of Chief Justice Roberts, while opposing that of Justice Alito.[18] He supported Sotomayor's confirmation,[19] and has written opinion pieces for the New York Times Magazine about the Court's pro-business,[20] anti-regulatory agenda.[21]

Rosen also writes about the effects of technology on privacy and liberty, including articles about the Fourth Amendment implications of pre-flight screening by the TSA,[22] free speech on the Internet,[23] privacy in the Internet Age,[24] surveillance cameras in Britain,[25] data mining in Silicon Valley,[26] technology and the Constitution,[27] the effect of neuroscience on the law,[28] DNA databases and genetic surveillance,[29] and Google and the future of free speech.[30]

Published works[edit]

  • The Supreme Court: The Personalities and Rivalries that Defined America, New York: Times Books, 2007. ISBN 0-8050-8182-8.
  • The Most Democratic Branch: How the Courts Serve America, New York: Oxford University Press, 2006. ISBN 0-19-517443-7.
  • The Naked Crowd: Reclaiming Security and Freedom in an Anxious Age. New York: Random House. 2004. ISBN 0-375-75985-9. 
  • The Unwanted Gaze: The Destruction of Privacy in America, New York: Random House, 2000. ISBN 0-679-44546-3.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Library of Congress authority record, LCCN n 99281873 (accessed April 30, 2014)
  2. ^ http://www.davidgarrow-com.hb2hosting.net/File/DJG%202006%20LATRosenRev25June.pdf
  3. ^ a b "WEDDING/CELEBRATIONS; Christine Stolba, Jeffrey Rosen". New York Times. March 9, 2003. Retrieved 2007-11-01. 
  4. ^ Rosen CV
  5. ^ Jeffrey Rosen – Brookings Institution
  6. ^ Rosen, Jeffrey (March 11, 2007). "The Brain on the Stand". The New York Times. Retrieved May 6, 2010. 
  7. ^ Roberts's Rules – Magazine – The Atlantic
  8. ^ Rosen, Jeffrey (September 23, 2007). "The Dissenter". The New York Times. Retrieved May 6, 2010. 
  9. ^ FORA.tv – Justice Stephen Breyer: Democracy and the Court
  10. ^ Rosen, Jeffrey (October 5, 1997). "The New Look of Liberalism on the Court". The New York Times. Retrieved May 6, 2010. 
  11. ^ Jeffrey Rosen, "The Case Against Sotomayor: Indictments of Obama's front-runner to replace Souter", The New Republic, May 4, 2009, found at The New Republic website Accessed June 29, 2015.
  12. ^ 'Blog Entry' Sparks Furor Over Sotomayor : NPR
  13. ^ Jeffrey Rosen and TNR's response to critics – Glenn Greenwald – Salon.com
  14. ^ Becker, Jo; Liptak, Adam (May 29, 2009). "Sotomayor's Blunt Style Raises Issue of Temperament". The New York Times. Retrieved May 6, 2010. 
  15. ^ Savage, Charlie (July 17, 2009). "A Nominee on Display, but Not Her Views". The New York Times. Retrieved May 6, 2010. 
  16. ^ a b Rosen, Jeffrey (July 2, 2010). "Brandeis's Seat, Kagan's Responsibility". The New York Times. Retrieved July 3, 2010. 
  17. ^ Disgrace | The New Republic
  18. ^ How To Judge | The New Republic
  19. ^ Sotto Voce | The New Republic
  20. ^ Rosen, Jeffrey (March 16, 2008). "Supreme Court Inc". The New York Times. Retrieved May 6, 2010. 
  21. ^ Rosen, Jeffrey (April 17, 2005). "The Unregulated Offensive". The New York Times. Retrieved May 6, 2010. 
  22. ^ Rosen, Jeffrey (2010-11-28) The TSA is invasive, annoying – and unconstitutional, Washington Post
  23. ^ Helft, Miguel (2010-12-10) Facebook Wrestles With Free Speech and Civility, New York Times
  24. ^ Rosen, Jeffrey (April 30, 2000). "The Eroded Self". The New York Times. Retrieved May 6, 2010. 
  25. ^ Rosen, Jeffrey (October 7, 2001). "A Watchful State". The New York Times Magazine. Retrieved May 6, 2010. 
  26. ^ Rosen, Jeffrey (April 14, 2002). "Silicon Valley's Spy Game". The New York Times. Retrieved June 29, 2015. 
  27. ^ Rosen, Jeffrey (August 28, 2005). "Roberts v. the Future". The New York Times. Retrieved May 6, 2010. 
  28. ^ Rosen, Jeffrey (March 11, 2007). "The Brain on the Stand". The New York Times. Retrieved May 6, 2010. 
  29. ^ Rosen, Jeffrey (March 17, 2009). "Genetic Surveillance For All". Slate. Retrieved February 17, 2012. 
  30. ^ Rosen, Jeffrey (November 30, 2008). "Google's Gatekeepers". New York Times. Retrieved May 6, 2010. 

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