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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  James L Swanson  

Pen Name: None


Born: February 12 in Chicago, Illinois


Illinois Connection

Swanson was born in Chicago on Lincoln's birthday and attended The University of Chicago where he was a student of Illinois author, John Hope Franklin.

Biographical and Professional Information

James L. Swanson is the New York Times bestselling author of ''Manhunt: The 12-Day Chase for Lincoln's Killer.'' A former senior fellow in constitutional studies and former editor-in-chief of the ''Cato Supreme Court Review''. A graduate of the University of Chicago and the UCLA School of Law, he was a member of the law review and recipient of a moot court distinguished advocate award. He served as assistant to Chairman Susan Liebeler at the U.S. International Trade Commission, clerked for Douglas H. Ginsburg, chief judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, and was a special assistant in the Office of Legal Counsel at the Department of Justice, where he worked on Supreme Court nominations. He is the founding and current editor of the ''First Amendment Law Handbook'', an annual volume on recent developments in constitutional law and freedom of speech. He has written articles on intellectual property, the First Amendment, and other topics, and his work has appeared in the ''Chicago Tribune'', the ''Los Angeles Times'', ''American Heritage'', and other newspapers and magazines. He is a member of the National Book Critics Circle and serves on the Advisory Committee of the National Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission.

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