A FREE electronic Commonplace Book, GOVERNINGWorks collects interesting ideas, events and images about law and political life, with particular attention to exploring how ideals of constitutionalism and democratic self-government—especially the American example, e.g., “Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness”—work in political life.

GOVERNINGWorks provides access to information that increases understanding of and participation in the workings of government—wherever possible through links to information FREE of financial cost and copyright restriction—and an equable perspective on current events and the ideals on which government is based.

GOVERNINGWorks began publishing in April 2009.

Two posts in particular are meant as introductions to GOVERNINGWorks:

On Raiding The Inarticulate (Tuesday 2 June 2009)
Where To Start (Tuesday 7 April 2009)

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About the Editor

Writer. Editor. Film-maker. Tinkerer. I am interested in law and the connection between and among people, institutions and ideals.

I have a Juris Doctor from the Catholic University of America Columbus School of Law; a Master of Arts from Union Theological Seminary, where I researched and wrote about theology and law in late antiquity and the middle ages; and a Bachelor of Arts from theUniversity of Wisconsin–Madison, where I studied history and language.

I live in New York with my wife and what we refer to fondly as The Menagerie.

Thank You

First and foremost, to my wife, who provides abiding encouragement, patience and a discerning and creative editorial eye. Sine qua non.

To Michael J. Remington, Esq., whom I met through course-work in law school, who remains my teacher and who has become a friend—in both instances an interested, interesting and encouraging example.

To the late Rev. Dr. Richard A. Norris, Jnr., for his terseness, humor, passion to comprehend and his friendship.

To Mr. Emerson, an English tourist for whom, “at the side of the everlasting ‘why,’ there is a ‘yes.’ And a ‘yes’ and a ‘yes!’”