Steven Lubet

Steven Lubet is Williams Memorial Professor of Law at Northwestern University. His most recent book is Interrogating Ethnography: Why Evidence Matters (Oxford University Press).

Recent Articles

Anti-Semitism Has Consequences

The massacre in Pittsburgh has a lesson for progressives.

Hours before he murderously stormed into Pittsburgh’s Tree of Life Synagogue, Robert Bowers posted a chilling message on the dark web, declaring that the “powerful Jews are my enemy.” He vowed to pull “the cover off of that Satanic Jew,” and threateningly added “I’m here to say your time is up, your world is through.” Oh wait. That wasn’t Robert Bowers. It was Louis Farrakhan, head of the Nation of Islam, speaking at Saviour’s Day last February, while thousands cheered his every word. Although he has spouted anti-Semitism, homophobia, and misogyny for decades, Farrakhan is still accepted in some quarters of the American left, welcome in polite company, and rebuked, if at all, only in the mildest terms. After a leader of the Women’s March was seen on the dais at the Saviour’s Day rally, for example, the organization itself issued a bland statement explaining only that “Minister Farrakhan’s statements...

The Gawker Case Has Become More Interesting

Charles Harder, the lawyer who brought down Gawker, may have played fast and loose with legal ethics in that case. He now represents Donald Trump against Stormy Daniels.

Review Conspiracy: Peter Thiel, Hulk Hogan, Gawker, and the Anatomy of Intrigue By Ryan Holiday Portfolio/Penguin screen_shot_2018-06-13_at_2.47.04_pm.png President Trump has always been infuriated by bad press, and never more than when he learned of last January’s impending publication of Michael Wolff’s Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House . Leaked excerpts of the book showed Trump’s administration as full of “chaos and dysfunction,” with advisors and family members routinely sniping at one another while competing for the fleeting attention of their uninformed boss. Seeking to control the damage—or perhaps just change the narrative—Trump retained an attorney to send an eleven-page “cease and desist” letter to Wolff and his publisher, Henry Holt & Co., threatening suit for defamation, invasion of privacy, tortious interference with contract, and various other causes of action. Trump must have realized that even as...