31 Facts About Laurence Tribe


Laurence Henry Tribe was born on October 10,1941 and is an American legal scholar who is a University Professor Emeritus at Harvard University.


Laurence Tribe previously served as the Carl M Loeb University Professor at Harvard Law School.


Laurence Tribe is the author of American Constitutional Law, a major treatise in that field, and has argued before the United States Supreme Court 36 times.


Laurence Tribe was elected to the American Philosophical Society in 2010.


Laurence Tribe was born in 1941 in Shanghai, which was then part of the Republic of China but had been taken over by the Empire of Japan in 1937 following the Battle of Shanghai.


Laurence Tribe was the son of Paulina and George Israel Tribe.


Laurence Tribe's father was from Poland and his mother was born in Harbin to immigrants from Eastern Europe.

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Laurence Tribe spent his early years in the French Concession of Shanghai before his family immigrated to the United States when he was six years old.


Laurence Tribe's family settled in San Francisco, and he attended Abraham Lincoln High School.


Laurence Tribe then received a National Science Foundation fellowship to pursue doctoral studies in mathematics at Harvard, but dropped out after one year.


Laurence Tribe decided to attend the Harvard Law School instead, where he was a member of the Harvard Legal Aid Bureau.


Laurence Tribe then joined the Harvard Law School faculty as an assistant professor, receiving tenure in 1972.


In 1978, Laurence Tribe published the first version of what has become one of the core texts on its subject, American Constitutional Law.


In 1983, Laurence Tribe represented Unification Church leader Sun Myung Moon in the appeal of his federal conviction on income tax charges.


However, in 2003 the Supreme Court overruled Bowers in Lawrence v Texas, a case for which Tribe wrote the ACLU's amicus curiae brief supporting Lawrence, who was represented by Lambda Legal.


Laurence Tribe testified at length during the Senate confirmation hearings in 1987 about the Robert Bork Supreme Court nomination, arguing that Bork's stand on the limitation of rights in the Constitution would be unique in the history of the Court.


Laurence Tribe's phone was later found to have been wiretapped, but it was never discovered who had placed the device or why.


Laurence Tribe was part of Al Gore's legal team regarding the results of the 2000 United States presidential election.


Laurence Tribe argued the initial case in Federal Court in Miami in which they successfully argued that the court should not stop the recount of the votes which was taking place and scheduled to take place in certain counties.


Since the mid-1990s, Laurence Tribe has represented a number of corporations advocating for their free speech rights and constitutional personhood.


Laurence Tribe represented General Electric in its defense against its liability under the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act, in which GE and Laurence Tribe unsuccessfully argued that the act unconstitutionally violated General Electric's due process rights.


In 2014, Laurence Tribe was retained to represent Peabody Energy in a suit against the Environmental Protection Agency.


Laurence Tribe argued that EPA's use of the Clean Air Act to implement its Clean Power Plan was unconstitutional.


On September 25,2020, Laurence Tribe was named as one of the 25 members of the "Real Facebook Oversight Board", an independent monitoring group over Facebook.


Laurence Tribe is one of the co-founders of the liberal American Constitution Society, the law and policy organization formed to counter the conservative Federalist Society, and is one of a number of scholars at Harvard Law School who have expressed their support for animal rights.

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Laurence Tribe served as a judicial adviser to Barack Obama's 2008 presidential campaign.


Laurence Tribe is on the board of the Renew Democracy Initiative, an American political organization founded in 2017 to promote and defend liberal democracy in the US and abroad.


In 2004, Laurence Tribe acknowledged having plagiarized several phrases and a sentence in his 1985 book, God Save this Honorable Court, from a 1974 book by Henry Abraham.


Laurence Tribe has stirred controversy due to his promotion of conspiracy theories about Donald Trump's fitness for the presidency.


Laurence Tribe removed the posted tweets following the Palmer Report and contests the accuracy of the story of controversy.


Laurence Tribe has argued 26 cases in the US Circuit Courts of Appeals:.