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Teri Kanefield

About Teri Kanefield

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Teri Kanefield is an attorney, author, and educator. She has written more than a dozen books; published more than 50 articles, essays, and stories in mainstream outlets; and filed hundreds of appellate briefs. Her legal and political analysis has appeared in The Washington Post,, NBC, and other mainstream news outlets. A list of publications is here.

She holds a law degree from the University of California at Berkeley, a master’s in English with an emphasis in fiction writing from the University of California at Davis, and an undergraduate degree from the University of Pennsylvania.

Before law school, Teri taught English and creative writing at the university and college levels. Her legal career began with criminal defense work at the trial level, then she worked exclusively as an appellate defender. For twelve years, she maintained a private appellate law practice limited to representing people who had the right to appeal but could not afford to pay.

Motivated by a desire to make law and civics accessible to America’s future leaders, Teri took breaks from handling appeals to write books for young readers. She believes writing for middle and high school readers is much like writing for appellate justices: Appellate justices want everything broken down and digestible. And although she won't carry the comparison too far, she does believe Ninth graders are usually more open-minded and a lot more fun.

For more of Teri Kanefield's work, visit her website.

Listening to the Lawyers: Evaluating Legal Opinions and Distinguishing Legal Opinions from Legal Facts
Teri Kanefield discusses the process of evaluating legal opinions, distinguishing them from legal facts and provides insights on the perjury accusations against Mark Meadows in a recent court case
September 6, 2023
Criminal Law 101: Trump's J6 Indictment
Teri Kanefield breaks down the Trump indictment and shares an outstanding Q&A for all trying to distill what really matters. Hint: Trump's motivations and beliefs are irrelevant.
August 7, 2023
The Trump-January-6th Indictment: Over the Cliff Notes
Teri Kanefield: "As you’ve no doubt heard, Trump was indicted Tuesday for trying to overturn the results of the 2020 election and remain in power. This is the Big One."
August 3, 2023
Trump Announces 2024 Presidential Campaign
Trump’s 2024 Trial Schedule: It’s Time To Learn To Love Procedure And The Nuance Of Law
"Why is Trump the only top honcho with a target letter? Answering that question requires some speculation, and it can be hard to separate speculation from wishful thinking," writes Teri Kanefied, but with that disclaimer, she gives it a try.
July 24, 2023
The Struggle For Control Of American Media: Missouri V. Biden
Teri Kanefield writes, "Right wingers don’t merely want their own platforms. If they did, they would all congregate on Truth Social or Parler. What they want is to dominate all platforms, which is why the Plaintiffs in Biden v. Missouri want to remove any possibility of legitimate criticism from official sources."
July 17, 2023
What a Former Republican Calls “The Conspiracy to End America”
Teri Kanefield discusses what our own Stuart Stevens calls "The Conspiracy To End America." The truth is that the truth is under attack.
July 6, 2023
Trump Yelling
Trump’s Second Indictment, Part III: Trump confessed to the crime. Now let’s bust a few myths.
After Trump’s arraignment, he gave a speech in which he essentially confessed to the crime. Here Teri discusses what that means, going forward.
June 22, 2023
Mob Lawyers and Trump’s Lawyers
“Where’s my Roy Cohn?” Trump reportedly asked in early 2018. Why would Donald Trump want and need a Roy Cohn? Among other things, Cohn was a mob lawyer.
June 8, 2023
Contemplation of Justice
There Is A Method To The Madness (Along With Actual Madness)
As Trump finds himself adjusting to the reality of being a criminal defendant, he will try to bait his critics into helping him attack the 'system' that he wants to dismantle.
April 3, 2023
Trump With Supreme Court
It’s Not About Delay. It’s About Obstruction And Destruction.
Trump isn't attempting to delay criminal investigations into his conduct, writes Teri Kanefield; he's working to derail and destroy them. People praising his successful "delay tactics" are missing that in Court, as in the 2020 election, he is a loser.
March 27, 2023
Trump ugly
Trump Said He Will Be Arrested On Tuesday (And A Free Novel)
Is today the day? Maybe. Regardless, you shouldn't waste energy fretting. It's time to let go of the idea that delays mean dead investigations writes Teri Kanefield in her latest.
March 20, 2023