HarperCollins Speakers Bureau

Kim Wehle

Legal Expert, Author, Educator, & Media Analyst


  • How to Think Like a Lawyer in Making Everyday Decisions
  • What You Need to Know about the Constitution—A Common Sense Approach
  • American Democracy – Why It’s in Peril and What to Do About It


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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 is a former Assistant United States Attorney and Associate Independent Counsel in the Whitewater Investigation. In June 2019, Wehle’s first book—an 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. A year later, she published What You Need to Know About Voting—and Why (Harper).

This fall, Wehle will publish her third book with Harper, How to Think Like a Lawyer and Why—A Common Sense Guide to Everyday Dilemmas. In it, Wehle breaks down the legal method into five simple steps that can be applied to everyday decisions, from the workplace, to family life, to health care. Citing social science research and court decisions that she uses in the law school classroom, Wehle crystallizes the key skills of thinking like a lawyer, which readers can apply immediately—without having to go through three years of law school.

In her hundreds of TV and radio appearances, op-eds, keynotes and panels over the past several years, Wehle has demystified the law and the Constitution for thousands of curious people who want to engage in informed debate. Virtually any business environment will benefit from Wehle’s distillation of legal analytical skills into a straightforward, five-step process for complex decision-making with her forthcoming book, as well. Perfect for universities and colleges, historical societies and legal networking programs, Wehle’s presentations guide the audience through how the legal method and the law actually works in language that is accurate, nuanced and easily understood.

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. Wehle is also former Legal Analyst for CBS News and a regular Contributor for BBC World News and BBC World News America on PBS. She writes regularly for The Atlantic, POLITICO, The Hill, and The Bulwark. She appears regularly on numerous media outlets, including NPR, CNN, MSNBC and Fox News. Wehle has her own series on Instagram TV, #SimplePolitics, in which she breaks down issues of national importance with experts and influencers. Twitter and IG: @kimwehle. Currently, Wehle resides in Maryland with her children.

Praise for What You Need to Know About Voting -- and Why:

“Approachable and informative… What You Need to Know About Voting and Why is a clearly written resource for voters across the political spectrum, and is especially useful as we approach the 2020 presidential election.”

"A probing and limpid explanation of an often misunderstood patchwork of systems, requirements, and mechanisms."
--Kirkus Reviews

"Now, more than ever,  Americans are realizing that their votes count. Kim Wehle’s excellent guide tells you everything you need to know about the laws governing our greatest right and privilege. A must-read, especially in an election year."
--Norah O'Donnell, Anchor and Managing Editor, CBS Evening News

“[An] accessible treatise…. Wehle elegantly translates the Constitution into layperson-friendly terms.”
-- Publishers Weekly

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