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Susan Estrich

Commentator

Susan Estrich is an American lawyer, professor, author, political operative, and political commentator. es. She can be reached via sestrich@wctrib.com.

Is politics destroying the criminal justice system? What's the true nature of sexual harassment in the workplace? What is the future of feminism? Why can single-sex education be a good thing?

To learn the answers to questions like these, one need only look through some of the prolific writing of Susan Estrich -- politician, professor, lawyer and writer. Whether on the pages of newspapers such as The New York Times, the Los Angeles Times and The Washington Post or as a television commentator on countless news programs on CNN, Fox News, NBC, ABC, CBS and NBC, she has tackled legal matters, women's concerns, national politics and social issues with the same high level of intelligent analysis and insight.

A best-selling author, Estrich's recent works include: "Who Needs Feminism, Sex and Power?" (2000), "Getting Away With Murder: How Politics is Destroying the Criminal Justice System" (1998) and "Making the Case for Yourself: A Diet Book for Smart Women."

Estrich is the Robert Kingsley Professor of Law and Political Science at the University of Southern California Law Center. She serves on the Board of Editorial Contributors for USA Today, as a presidential appointee on U.S. Holocaust Memorial Council and as a mayoral appointee on the City of Los Angeles Ethics Committee.

Estrich first gained national prominence as national campaign manager for Dukakis for President in 1988, but she has been at the forefront of the academic and intellectual debate for decades. After graduating as a Phi Beta Kappa scholar with highest honors from Wellesley College in 1974, Estrich went on to attend Harvard Law School. She was selected president of the Harvard Law Review and received her JD magna cum laude in 1977.

After serving as a law clerk for Judge J. Skelly Wright on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia and Justice John Paul Stevens on the Supreme Court, Estrich had her first taste of politics as Deputy National Issues Director with the Kennedy for President campaign in 1979.

In 1981, Estrich began teaching at Harvard Law School, and by 1986, she had received tenure. Her professorial duties did not limit her involvement in political campaigning, however, as she was named executive director for the Democratic National Platform Committee in 1984 and worked as a senior policy adviser to the Mondale-Ferraro presidential campaign.

Estrich also performed some private legal practice, serving as a counsel for the firm of Tuttle & Taylor in Los Angeles from 1986 to 1987. The call of national politics was too strong for her to stay out of the fray for long, however, leading her to accept the job with the Dukakis campaign in October of 1987.

Susan Estrich lives in Los Angeles.

Summary: Judy Huth waited nearly 50 years. That is one long-delayed victory. But the fact that Bill Cosby will finally have to pay for what he did that night should give pause to those who would prematurely declare the death of the #MeToo movement at the hands of Amber Heard. Forget about Heard.
Summary: And the sad truth is that the Republican Party is still afraid of Donald Trump. What will it take? How much worse could it be? If incitement to violence is not enough, what is?
Summary: Only one thing is clear on the U.S. Supreme Court. The numbers are likely to drop even further when the decision is released and its consequences become daily news fodder. And whichever side of the partisan divide you are on, it is never good news when respect for the rule of law and the institution that is its ultimate repository just plain tanks.
Summary: The anti-abortion movement has succeeded, by their lights, in making it very difficult for the most vulnerable women to exercise their constitutional right to control their bodies. A host of regulations, upheld even under Roe, make it far more difficult to get an abortion than, say, it is to get a gun. Middle-class women in urban areas who can afford to take a day off of work have access to abortions in the big cities where they live. Poor women, young girls and rural families lack access. If the anti-Roe forces have their way, you can add rape and incest victims to that list.
Summary: afe subways, safe streets, not having to step over people, quite literally, to get down the street. These are issues that should not divide along partisan lines, and the fact that they still do is our own fault -- and by "our," I mean it is the fault of progressives.
Summary: What's harder is speech spreading hate for its own sake, without an imminent threat of violence. Child porn is easy to prohibit in theory and difficult in practice, and other forms of exploitation are almost impossible to define.
Summary: I hope Depp gets his career back. But no one is going to give him the last six years of his life back. In trying to get his name back, he inevitably drew more attention to the accusations against him.
Summary: The Supreme Court's decision, Sotomayor concluded, "will leave many people who were convicted in violation of the Sixth Amendment to face incarceration or even execution without any meaningful chance to vindicate their right to counsel."
COVID is not a memory that can start to fade, but a reality to be addressed forthrightly in the interest of living fully. The lasting lesson of COVID, the one we should never forget, is how much poorer life was in isolation. There is a very good reason we must move forward and not backward, however difficult that may be.