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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.

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
The Rogue Prosecutors
Teri Kanefield has two messages for us this week: Don't freak out, and be careful what you wish for. Take a deep breath and settle in as Teri explains what proposed legislation around removing DAs really means for any potential Trump indictments and prosecutions.
March 14, 2023
Fox News Lies
Why Fox Lies (And Why Their Viewers Demand Lies)
Fox News and lying have become synonymous over the past few weeks, thanks, in large part, to the revelations in the Dominion v Fox case. Teri Kanefield breaks down the how, why, and at what cost of Fox's lies.
March 6, 2023
Thurgood Marshall_Brown v Board of Education
He Changed The Face Of America
Every day, we see examples around the country of why teaching and studying Black History in our schools is essential and efforts to prevent that from happening. Teri Kanefield shares some of what she learned while researching the biography of Thurgood Marshall, reminding all of us that our need to learn and better understand doesn't end.
February 27, 2023
Tucker Carlson Laughing
Dominion Voting Machines V. Fox News
As Fox was spewing lies, reliable third parties and government agencies (and courts) were debunking the lies in real-time. Fox knew but continued.
February 19, 2023
The Manhattan Trump Criminal Investigation: The Saga Of Mark Pomerantz & Alvin Bragg
Speculation and leaked information in criminal proceedings are just that, so don't be surprised when speculation turns out to be wrong and the motive for leaking information comes back as less than idealism or a compulsion to reveal the truth.
February 12, 2023
The Power Of Disinformation
Wannabe "Strongmen" have been using disinformation to create legends about themselves and deceive the masses for as long as there have been unscrupulous, power-mad people - in other words, forever. That makes the current ones no less dangerous.
February 5, 2023
John Eastman Witch Hunt
John Eastman’s “It’s A Political Witch Hunt” Defense
Facing disbarment, Eastman seems poised to plead to "stupidity" and claim "witch hunt." But the California State Bar is unlikely to view stupidity as a valid reason to allow him to continue practicing law.
January 29, 2023
Trump ugly
Trump Gets Hit With Big Sanctions (and more)
Trump and his attorney are under court order to pay Hillary Clinton, and 30 others, nearly $1 million for the idiotic RICO lawsuit that got tossed. Teri Kanefield breaks it down as only she can.
January 22, 2023
Select Committee To Investigate Jan. 6
Over the Cliff Notes: The Criminal Referrals
The J6 Select Committee has made criminal referrals to the DOJ for Trump and others. What happens next? NOBODY goes deep and lays it all out like Teri Kanefield!
December 23, 2022
First They Came For The Journalists
Elon Musk, Fox News, and Free Speech Absolutism
When the "free speech absolutist" has no interest in free speech.
December 19, 2022
Cracked Capitol
Disillusioned With Democracy
Why do Trump's voters stick with him? Teri Kanefield writes: They are mostly in agreement with Trump’s goals and they don’t care if he breaks laws. They don’t think democracy is working any longer, so they reject the laws and norms that underlie our democracy.
December 12, 2022