Kim Wehle is a tenured Professor of Law at the University of Baltimore School of Law, where she teaches and writes on the constitutional separation of powers, administrative law and civil procedure. She was formerly an Assistant United States Attorney and an Associate Counsel in the Whitewater Investigation. In June 2019, Wehle’s insightful, urgent and perennially relevant handbook that lays out in common sense language how the United States Constitution works, How to Read the Constitution--and Why (Harper), published.
In How to Read the Constitution—and Why, Wehle spells out in clear, simple, and common-sense terms what is in the Constitution, and most importantly, what it means. This invaluable—and timely—resource covers nearly every significant aspect of the Constitution, from the powers of the President and how the three branches of government are designed to hold each other accountable, to what it means to have individual rights—including free speech, the right to bear arms, the right to be free from unreasonable searches and seizures, and the right to an abortion. It is essential reading for anyone who cares about maintaining an accountable government and the individual freedoms that the Constitution enshrines for everyone in America—regardless of political party.
Wehle's next book What You Need to Know About Voting -- and Why, a step by step guide to every American's most fundamental right and civic duty published in June just in time for the 2020 presidential election.
Through keynotes and panels, Wehle demystifies the Constitution for curious people who want to engage in informed debate. Perfect for universities and colleges, historical societies and legal networking programs, Wehle guides the audience through how the law actually works.
Wehle received her J.D. cum laude from the University of Michigan Law School where she was an editor of the Michigan Law Review. Her undergraduate degree is from Cornell University, where she was Phi Beta Kappa and graduated magna cum laude in English. She is a full-time Professor of Law at the University of Baltimore School of Law, a former Assistant United States Attorney, a former Associate Independent Counsel in the Whitewater Investigation, where she worked with Judge Brett Kavanaugh and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, a former law clerk to a Federal District Court judge in Washington, D.C., and a practicing lawyer for over 25 years. She is an experienced appellate and civil litigator who maintains a private practice on a project basis. Wehle is also an On-Air and Off-Air Legal Expert, Analyst and Commentator for CBS News, as well as a Contributor for BBC World News and BBC World News America on PBS, an Op-Ed Contributor for The Bulwark, and an Opinion Contributor for The Hill.
Currently, Wehle resides in Maryland.
Praise for How to Read the Constitution and Why:
“Not since perhaps the Nixon years have there been so many valid questions about the U.S. Constitution and its role in our lives – and so many perceived challenges to it. Kim Wehle’s How to Read the Constitution—and Why provides essential, compelling reading on this glorious document. A must-read for this era.”
-- Jake Tapper, CNN Anchor and Chief Washington Correspondent