Laurence Tribe

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Laurence Tribe has taught constitutional law at Harvard for four decades and written widely about the law—including the most frequently cited treatise on the U.S. Constitution. He has argued dozens of cases at the Supreme Court, including the first argument in Bush v. Gore.



  • Laurence Tribe interviewed on NPR's On Point

    Laurence Tribe discusses 'Uncertain Justice: The Roberts Court and the Constitution' on NPR's On Point.

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    Laurence Tribe discusses 'Uncertain Justice: The Roberts Court and the Constitution' on All In with Chris Hayes.


Q & A

Where are you from?
I was born in China, spent my very early years in San Francisco, and have basically lived in Cambridge, Mass., since entering Harvard College at age 16.

Who are your favorite writers?
Fiction, Poetry, Playwrights: Bill Bryson, Augusten Burroughs, Billy Collins, E E Cummings, Fyodor Dostoevsky, Bob Dylan, Jonathan Franzen, James Joyce, Ian McEwan, Alice Munro, Vladimir Nabokov, David Sedaris, William Shakespeare, Wyslawa Szymborska, Dylan Thomas, John Updike, others who don’t occur to me at the moment.

What are your hobbies and outside interests?
Drawing, painting (pastels), reading, walking, daydreaming

What is the single best piece of advice anyone ever gave you?
Don’t give up.

What is your favorite quote?
“The moving finger writes, and, having writ, moves on. Nor all your piety nor wit shall lure it back to cancel half a line, nor all your tears wipe out a word of it.” Omar Khayam, The Rubayat

What inspired you to write your first book?
The need to pull constitutional law together for my students so they, and I, could make sense of it.

Where do you write?
Mostly in my study at home.



Uncertain Justice

Laurence Tribe and Joshua Matz

With the Supreme Court more influential than ever, this eye-opening book tells the story of how the Roberts Court is shaking the foundation of our nation’s lawsFrom...