With the Democratic race for president down to two lawyers, how well did the legal careers of Senators Barack Obama and Hillary Rodham Clinton prepare them to become our nation’s chief executive. That is the topic this week on the legal-affairs podcast Lawyer2Lawyer, as my cohost J. Craig Williams and I are joined by:
- Professor Paul Finkelman, the President William McKinley distinguished professor of law and public policy at Albany Law School and author — among his many publications — of the chapter, “Abraham Lincoln: Prairie Lawyer,” in the book, America’s Lawyer-Presidents: From Law Office to Oval Office.
- Robert J. Spitzer, distinguished service professor of political science at SUNY Cortland and author of several books about the presidency, as well as the forthcoming book, Saving the Constitution from Lawyers: How Legal Training and Law Reviews Distort Constitutional Meaning.
We discuss how well legal experience prepares a candidate to become president and look at the specific careers of Obama and Clinton.