Take Care: Rising to the Occasion

March 16, 2017
Guest Post

by Joshua Matz, Publisher of Take Care

Since Donald J. Trump took office, we have all been drinking from a fire hose trying to keep up with the latest legal news. He has besieged the rule of law in so many ways at once that the American public can barely grasp the latest havoc before Trump causes yet another disaster. We have even had to learn new words—like “emoluments”—to capture all this illegality.

As a result, the legal left has struggled to keep pace with the president, and there is a pressing need for new resources and institutions to protect our legal order.

Rising to the occasion, over fifty of the nation’s foremost legal scholars have now joined together to ensure that the president “shall take Care that the Laws be faithfully executed.”  At Take Care (@ShallTakeCare), they will cover the major legal issues of our time, from immigration and healthcare to conflicts of interest, civil rights, free speech and more. Contributors include Larry Tribe, Walter Dellinger, Marty Lederman, Dawn Johnsen, Daniel Tokaji, Douglas NeJaime, Leah Litman and Jamal Greene, among many others. 

In addition, Take Care has created—and will continue to create—resources useful to lawyers, journalists, policymakers and citizens. To start, it offers a daily update, which pulls together legal analyses of Trump Administration policies from around the web. Take Care also hosts dozens of topic pages, which will evolve into curated archives of first-rate legal commentary. The end result will be a veritable arsenal of progressive ideas and insights.

If you are interested in cutting-edge analysis of major legal developments in the Age of Trump, follow Take Care for regular updates from leading authorities.

Take Care owes many debts of gratitude to the American Constitution Society. Several of our interns were recruited through ACS, and will have opportunities to publish their own thoughts on legal developments under Trump. A number of contributors have long been affiliated with ACS. And, on a more personal note, I have grown tremendously through the mentorship and support of ACS—from lunch talks during my 1L year, to serving as president of my law school’s ACS chapter, to working with the incredibly supportive national office.

In these dark times, only by supporting each other will progressives effectively defend the rule of law. As new groups spring up, the need for coordination and shared reflection will only increase. ACS stands at the epicenter of these efforts, and I am grateful to ACS and its members for supporting projects like Take Care. Now, more than ever, we must all play our part in ensuring that the President “takes Care that the Laws be faithfully executed.”