It’s easier to win in court, of course, when you get to pick the judges. A second reason for the rush is to prevent the Senate from careful review of his nominees’ records.
The debate over where to draw the line between federal and state authority has been hard-fought from the early days of the republic. But the one area where state authority has gone unchallenged is in the power to define criminal laws.
- Baker HostetlerLawyer, present
- Hunton & Williams, U.S. Department of Justice, Council on Competitiveness, American Enterprise Institute
David B. Rivkin Jr. fills an important role in modern political and legal debate.
Using his sharp legal mind, he strives to base his viewpoints and recommendations on the Constitution and the law, the primary sources protecting us from tyranny.
Rivkin grew up in Russia and he is passionate about his commitment to freedom and his adopted country, once saying in an interview:
“I grew up in the Soviet Union, where the individual's interests were always subordinated to the whims of the state, and where the government was the law. Even so, my parents and grandparents endured much worse. They lived in Stalin's Russia, and they knew real fear—not just occasionally, but every day—fear of the state and its agents.”
The first to challenge the constitutionality of President Obama’s new health care law, Rivkin is currently involved in several high profile cases, including representing former Secretary of State Donald Rumsfeld in a suit brought by convicted terrorist Jose Padilla. He is also involved in the leading climate reform cases in the land.
Rivkin is an attorney at the D.C. law firm Baker Hostetler, where he is a member of the firm’s litigation, international and environmental groups, and co-chairs the appellate and major motions team. He has extensive experience in constitutional, administrative and international law litigation.
A frequent editorial writer in major publications such as The Wall Street Journal, Rivkin remains one of the leading conservative thinkers and strategists in the land, often sought out for his forward thinking vision.
More at: www.DavidRivkin.com
- Georgetown University
- Columbia University School of Law