“Dahlia Lithwick has been the nation’s best legal commentator for two decades. . . With an unparalleled ability to untangle the most complex debates, Lithwick’s analysis of the mechanics and theatrics of the American legal system is unmatched. Her dynamism, clarity, and compassion shine through in her columns.”—Hillman Prize for Opinion and Analysis citation
MSNBC analyst and a senior legal correspondent at Slate, Dahlia Lithwick is one of the nation’s foremost legal commentators and the host of Amicus, Slate’s award-winning biweekly podcast about the law and the Supreme Court. Her newest book, Lady Justice, recounts the gripping and heroic story of the women attorneys who fought the racism, sexism, and xenophobia of Donald Trump’s presidency—and won.
An urgent and essential chronicle, Lady Justice presents a historical account and perspective on the intersection of feminism, law, and politics during the Trump administration. Women lawyers all around the country, independently of each other, sprang into action with a common goal: they would not stand by in the face of injustice, while the Republican party did everything in their power to remake the judiciary in their own conservative image. Over the subsequent four years, Lithwick tells galvanizing stories about women who worked tirelessly to hold the line against the most chaotic and malignant presidency in recent history. Lady Justice features accounts profiling Sally Yates, Stacey Abrams, Nina Perales, and Brigitte Amiri, among others.
Stirring . . . Lithwick’s approach, interweaving interviews with legal commentary, allows her subjects to shine. She unabashedly casts them as heroines with the tenacity and courage to resist governmental pressure at crucial moments, but at the same time she rejects a simplistic, naïve narrative of social progress . . . Inspiring. —New York Times Book Review
A celebration of the tireless efforts, legal ingenuity, and indefatigable spirit of the women whose work all too often went unrecognized, Lady Justice is destined to be treasured and passed from hand to hand for generations to come, not just among lawyers and law students, but among all optimistic Americans. Both a chronicle of the Trump years and a celebration of the rule of law and the women who uphold it, Lady Justice became an instant New York Times bestseller and received national critical acclaim.
Lithwick is the recipient of a 2013 National Magazine Award for her columns on the Affordable Care Act. She has been twice awarded an Online Journalism Award for her legal commentary and was inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. In 2018, Lithwick received the American Constitution Society’s Progressive Champion Award and the Hillman Prize for Opinion and Analysis. By 2021, she was named an honoree of the Women’s Media Center’s Exceptional Journalism Awards. In that same year, she was a recipient of a Gracie Award for Amicus Presents: The Class of RBG, which featured the last in-person audio interview with Ruth Bader Ginsburg.
Lithwick has held visiting faculty positions at the University of Georgia Law School, the University of Virginia School of Law, and the Hebrew University Law School in Jerusalem. She was the first online journalist invited to be on the Reporters Committee for the Freedom of the Press. She has testified before Congress about access to justice in the era of the Roberts Court and how MeToo impacts federal judicial law clerks. She has appeared on CNN, ABC, The Colbert Report, and The Daily Show; she is also a frequent guest on The Rachel Maddow Show. Lithwick co-authored Me Versus Everybody with Brandt Goldstein and I Will Sing Life with Larry Berger, and her work has been featured in numerous anthologies. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, Harper’s, The New Yorker, The Washington Post, The New Republic, and Commentary, among other places.