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Michael Waldman

President, Brennan Center for Justice

Michael Waldman

Michael Waldman is president and CEO of the Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law, a nonpartisan law and policy institute that works to revitalize the nation’s systems of democracy and justice. He was director of speechwriting for President Bill Clinton from 1995 to 1999 and is the author of The Second Amendment: A Biography and The Fight to Vote. Waldman was a member of the Presidential Commission on the Supreme Court.

Scheduled Appearances


Slate live podcast taping! "Amicus"

Crosscut Festival 2023
Sat May 6, 2023 | 11:30am

Join host Dahlia Lithwick for a timely show about the law and the Supreme Court justices. She will be joined by Brennan Center president Michael Waldman to hear his perspective on the most consequential Supreme Court term in decades, their recent decisions and what to expect in June. He argues that the Court overreached, a move that will likely provoke sharp and lasting controversy and backlash.

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Michael Waldman
Featuring: Dahlia Lithwick, Michael Waldman

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About the Festival

The Crosscut Ideas Festival is a celebration of big ideas and a gathering for bold thinkers. Newsmakers, changemakers and innovators come together to take a fresh look at the biggest issues of our time. Over one week, the Crosscut Ideas Festival hosts fireside conversations and panels, meetups, art installations, workshops, and interactive experiences.

headliners gala

Celebrate the best of PNW community and culture while supporting public media. Enjoy a night of entertainment with a culinary tour of the region curated by premier chefs and restaurateurs, Hear from The Daily host Michael Barbaro, and bid on a unique items in a PBS and Northwest-themed auction.