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July 15, 2009

Professor William Forbath becomes a regular contributor to the Arena at

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Professor William E. Forbath

Professor William Forbath of the University of Texas School of Law recently joined Politico as a regular contributor to the media site’s online forum, “The Arena,” which hosts a daily debate among policy makers and opinion shapers. has grown into one of the nation’s most popular sources of national news and opinion; it describes the Arena as “a cross-party, cross-discipline forum for intelligent and lively conversation about political and policy issues.”

Contributors are selected by Politico editors and the forum is moderated by Fred Barbash, a senior editor at Politico and a veteran Washington Post journalist. Each morning, Politico sends a question or two based on that day’s news to all contributors, which include current and former elected officials, strategists, scholars, and authors. See “Arena Players” for a list of participants.

Forbath’s most recent posts include one about the Democratic and Republican parties’ rival constitutional philosophies on display at Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor’s confirmation hearings, and another about the New Haven firefighters case, Ricci v. Stefano, that looms large in the hearings. Forbath has written on other topics such as judicial activism and summer reading. To read his posts, see “Arena Profile: William Forbath.”

Forbath holds the Lloyd M. Bentsen Chair in Law and is a professor of history at the University of Texas at Austin. He taught this year as a visiting professor of legal history at Harvard. Forbath, who teaches constitutional law and legal and constitutional history, is the author of Law and the Shaping of the American Labor Movement and other books, including the forthcoming Courting the State: Law in the Creation of the Modern American State and Social and Economic Rights in the American Grain. He has also written many articles on legal and constitutional history and theory.

Kirston Fortune, Assistant Dean for Communications, (512) 471.7330 or