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CALS Speaker Series: Kimberly Wehle, How to Think Like a Lawyer and Why

Honoring Rabbi Ira Sanders

What does the average person have in common with lawyers? From the mundane to the game-changers, decisions need to be made every day. But a key way in which the everyday person differs from a lawyer is how each goes about making decisions. A non-lawyer often searches for answers to validate or solidify a pre-conceived decision, while a lawyer looks for questions.

Based on her book, How to Think Like a Lawyer and Why: A Common-Sense Guide to Everyday Dilemmas, Professor of Law Kim Wehle takes you through the decision-making practice she uses every day as a lawyer and legal educator. Whether it be buying a house, negotiating a salary, or choosing the right health care, every major decision you make matters – so why not learn a methodical process to help you cut through the confusion and maximize the quality of your choice? Learn the facts you need to pay attention to, the questions you should ask, the responses you should anticipate, the pitfalls you can avoid, and why this method is so effective, filling law school classrooms with eager students year after year.

CALS Executive Director Nate Coulter will moderate.

Books will be sold by WordsWorth Books. There will be a signing after the event.

About the Speaker
Kimberly Wehle is a tenured law professor, book author, opinion journalist, lawyer, and former CBS News legal analyst. At the University of Baltimore School of Law, her teaching and scholarship focus on the separation of powers, administrative agencies, and civil litigation. In addition to her scholarly work, Wehle is a practicing lawyer and provides frequent legal commentary for CNN, MSNBC, NBC, BBC, NPR, Fox News and numerous other media outlets. She writes regularly for The Atlantic, Politico, The Hill, and The Bulwark, among other leading publications. In 2019, she added “author” to her resume with her first book, How to Read the Constitution—and Why. It was quickly followed by her 2020 release, What You Need to Know about Voting—and Why. Her forthcoming book, How to Think Like a Lawyer and Why: A Common-Sense Guide to Everyday Dilemmas, will be released in early 2022, also with HarperCollins.

As the law and the Constitution move to the forefront of the national conversation in unprecedented ways, it can be overwhelming or confusing for some. But Wehle believes it is paramount that the public understands the foundation of our country – our constitutional rights and the limits on government – in order to appreciate what’s at stake. To that end, she is passionate about sharing why we each must be engaged in protecting our democracy and has become a national voice of expertise and reason on this subject. With her years of teaching experience and an impressive resume as a practicing lawyer, Wehle breaks down the latest political and legal debates to audiences of all ages, political parties, and backgrounds. But almost more importantly, she imparts to her audiences the most crucial piece of the puzzle: why each one of us should care about these issues.

In 2020, Wehle was the recipient of the prestigious Board of Regents Faculty Award for the University of Maryland for excellence in scholarship, research, and creative activity—the highest honor presented by the USM system to faculty members. She also served as an Assistant United States Attorney in Washington, D.C., and Associate Independent Counsel in the Whitewater Investigation.

Wehle is active on social media and has a popular IGTV show on Instagram and YouTube called #SimplePolitics. In this video series, she offers digestible translations of the latest political, legal and international news with notable guests, including US Senators, TV news analysts, authors, and prominent journalists.

About the Rabbi Ira Sanders Program
The Sanders Program was established in 2000 to commemorate Rabbi Sanders’s forty years of service on the Boards of Trustees of Little Rock Public Library and CALS. Sanders built an unforgettable legacy through his passionate advocacy for social justice and the many initiatives he founded to better the lives of others. Sanders, who lived in Little Rock from 1926 until his death in 1985, served as rabbi at Congregation B’nai Israel for 38 years and was an outspoken supporter of racial integration, equal opportunity, and women’s rights.

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Date and Time

October 23 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm