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I’m Kim Wehle (pronounced “Whale-ee”), I hold the titles of author, lawyer, law professor, legal expert and mom (to my four children and two dogs).

My passion is civic education—translating complex legal concepts into accessible terms. I believe it is the key to democracy.

I am an ABC News Legal Contributor. I have been a guest on MSNBC, CNN, BBC, and NPR, FoxNews, and C-SPAN. I regularly write words and ideas for Politico, The Atlantic, and The Bulwark, among many other publications. I am a former Assistant United States Attorney, Associate Independent Counsel in the Whitewater Investigation. I’ve authored three books with HarperCollins in my legal expert series — How to Think Like a Lawyer — and Why: A Common-Sense Guide to Everyday Dilemmas, How to Read The Constitution—and Why and What You Need to Know About Voting—and Why. My forthcoming book in June 2024 is How the Pardon Power Works—and Why.

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