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Swan Song

Swan Song

Saying goodbye to Legal Insurrection

It’s been a great year and a half for me here at Legal Insurrection—but it’s time to say goodbye. I’ve accepted a position in a law firm, which means its back to the real world, and away from the wonderfully bizarre world of full-time conservative journalism.

I say “wonderfully bizarre,” and I truly mean it. The internet is a weird place, but I like to think that Legal Insurrection kicks up its political commentary more than a few notches above the rest.

Of course, with a great platform comes great responsibility…and exposure…and criticism. On more than one occasion, Taylor Swift served as a terribly relevant addition to my workday playlist.

Worth it, though—especially when the time came to focus on foreign policy. I was on duty during the Pentagon press conference where Chuck Hagel first said that ISIS is a threat “beyond anything we’ve seen.” In the weeks prior, we had learned the names of Steven Sotloff, David Haines, and other hostages, and forced ourselves to watch as they died at the hands of men who shouldn’t exist outside of our own worst nightmares.

Of (proud) note—we were blogging about the ISIS black market and crime syndicate before almost anyone else—and that includes Presidential candidates and their surrogates.

I slogged my way through the DoD’s mixed messages on Iraq, and screamed at the TV as they announced a “pivot” in our Syria strategy.

I covered the House Benghazi Committee’s first hearing—and I’m proud to say that Legal Insurrection hasn’t given up on covering Trey Gowdy’s investigation.

I worked very hard to expose what’s happening in Africa right now. Groups like al-Shabaab and Boko Haram are behind some of the worst, most barbaric acts of violence you’ve never heard of (unless you’ve been following our foreign policy articles, of course)—mostly because the media avoids covering Africa like the it avoids the plague (unless, of course, we’re covering plague victims in Africa—that’s media gold.)

Yemen was and remains a problem. Keep paying attention to Iran’s power plays outside of the context of the nuclear deal.

Iran. So much ink spent covering the rolling cloudbank that is Iran. This piece exposing Iran’s attacks on human rights investigations got the attention of both the UN and embattled Special Rapporteur Ahmed Shaheed—I’m proud of it.

From congressmen who do great work, to secret service agents who (get drunk and) do terrible work, covering domestic policy over the past year and a half has been a wild ride.

Donald Trump happened, and took over the airwaves and the internet and virtually every happy hour conversation I had for the better part of four months. I had so much fun covering this slate of Republican candidates—and snarking at the Democrats in the process.

Bernie, people? Really? He looks every bit the nutcase he is.

My favorite posts were those that encouraged conservative engagement in the greater cultural and political sphere. Digital and grassroots engagement strategies frequently exist at odds with one another, as do nontraditional twists to the TV ad/radio buy/direct mail hit routine we’ve all come to know and love; my advice is to embrace them. Embrace them all—we can broaden the conversation without compromising our ideals.

It’s not just possible—it’s a necessary stretch.

So…that’s that, I suppose. I hope to start contributing again once I settle into my new job and remember how to be a full-time lawyer. I have appreciated every moment of this opportunity. Thanks for reading, commenting, Tweeting, and flagging me down at conferences—it has truly been a pleasure.

Goodbye—for now!

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WAJ adds: Few of you probably realize just how important Amy was to making sure the wheels didn’t fall off the Legal Insurrection bus. She not only did great posting, she did so much behind the scenes that made my life easier. We wish her well in her new career.


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“…great responsibility…and exposure…and criticism.”

If you did not receive any criticism, it would be because you failed to make other people think. Anybody can sing to the choir. You entered the arena. Thank for your great contributions–seen and unseen–to my favorite source for the truth behind the headlines and the unreported news. May you have the best of luck swimming with the sharks!

Thanks for all your hard work, Amy, and good luck in your new career.

Amy, thanks for all your great post and for making professor Jacobson’s life easier. Best wishes in your new paying career.

I have enjoyed reading your posts and if they are an indication of your talent, you are going to shine bright in your new job. Best of luck in all you do in your future.

Best wishes Amy for a wonderful and rewarding experience in the next phase of your career.


May you thrive in your next position. I expect that your experience here will be readily applicable to your new environment.

This is for you.

One of the things I learned while clerking for an appellate judge was that opinions take on a life of their own, and it is always interesting to see what others will make out of a judicial opinion. The same is true of blog pieces, which are of necessity written under greater time constraints.

After I left the court, one of the smartest attorneys I’ve worked with made a presentation, which can be summarized as: “Watch out, the other side nearly always has a point.” It turns out that this is true whenever a matter is controversial. Failure to recognize and deal with the other side’s legitimate point is is a common reason for failure to persuade a given audience.

Good luck, and enjoy it.

Congratulations on your new position; I’m sure you will show them how it’s done. Bummer for those of us who think you do a fabulous job here at LI; you will be missed. Best wishes always!

Oh great, just what the world needs, another lawyer!

Just kidding, Amy. We do need lawyers who think the right way, and you’ll be one of those. Good luck!

Thanks for your work here Amy, and good luck in your next venture. Hopefully you have a lifetime of opportunities ahead to “make a difference” for the good, in every arena you enter.

Thank you so much for everything you’ve done to inform us and help lighten the Professor’s job here on LI and good luck to you on your next endeavor.

Best wishes for all of your ongoing adventures.

Good luck, and come back to write guest columns!

Even though it is back to the so called Real world you can’t expect us to just go cold turkey
SO maybe once a week you can give us an update?

Fair seas and following winds, Amy!

Amy, thanks for all the great and hard work you’ve done here, and best of luck in your new job! It’s been a pleasure.

Imagine had you stumbled into politico or salon instead of here. You are now ready to carry on the good fight for the rest of your life.

Good luck in the new job and it is great to hear that you are going to try to post again once you get settled.

So I won’t say Goodbye I will say “See you soon!”.

(a.k.a Gremlin1974)

Good luck Amy, best wishes in your new job!

Best of luck in your lawyering!

I’m sorry to see you leave Amy, your posts have never failed to educate and enlighten me. I wish you the best of luck and success in your new job and I hope you will be back here soon with your promised occasional contributions.

riverlife_callie | December 1, 2015 at 12:03 pm

Best wishes in your new job, Amy. You took some hard punches from time to time, but always rolled with them and never seemed to let them get you down. I know you’ll do well, whatever you attempt.

DINORightMarie | December 1, 2015 at 1:45 pm

Thank you, Amy. You’ve shined brightly here. No doubt your new law position will challenge you, but you’re well prepared – you took on the Internet and won!! 😉

Blessings and much success to you!!

Thank you for all you did for us, Amy. Continue on with best success, and keep in touch regularly.

“Disco Stu_”
[Some know me as Gary.]

Thank you, Amy!

All the best, Amy! You’ve enlightened us and made us consider issues in new ways. A high compliment in journalism these days. Best wishes on this next phase of life!