Monday, January 11, 2021


Our guest is ILYA SOMIN, Professor of Law at George Mason University as House Democrats introduced  an article of impeachment against Trump. Somin’s research focuses on constitutional law, property law, democratic theory, federalism, and migration rights.  He is the author of Free to Move: Foot Voting, Migration, and Political Freedom (Oxford University Press, 2020), Democracy and Political Ignorance: Why Smaller Government is Smarter (Stanford University Press, revised and expanded second edition, 2016), and The Grasping Hand: Kelo v. City of New London and the Limits of Eminent Domain (University of Chicago Press, 2015, rev. paperback ed., 2016), coauthor of A Conspiracy Against Obamacare: The Volokh Conspiracy and the Health Care Case (Palgrave Macmillan, 2013), and co-editor of Eminent Domain: A Comparative Perspective (Cambridge University Press, 2017).  Democracy and Political Ignorance has been translated into Italian and Japanese.

Somin’s work has appeared in numerous scholarly journals, including the Yale Law JournalStanford Law ReviewNorthwestern University Law ReviewGeorgetown Law JournalCritical Review, and others. Somin has also published articles in a variety of popular press outlets, including the Washington PostWall Street Journal, Los Angeles Times, the New York Times Room for Debate website, CNN, The AtlanticUSA Today, US News and World Report, Newark Star Ledger, South China Morning PostLegal TimesNational Law Journal and Reason. He has been quoted or interviewed by the New York TimesWashington PostWall Street Journal, Time, Newsweek, The Economist, the Christian Science MonitorThe Guardian, the Associated Press, CBS, MSNBC, NPR, BBC, Reuters, the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, Al Jazeera, and the Voice of America, among other media.

Somin’s writings have been cited in decisions by the United States Supreme Court, multiple state supreme courts and lower federal courts, and the Supreme Court of Israel. 


AVROHOM GEFEN is a partner at Vishnick McGovern Milizio’s Employment Law, Commercial Litigation, and Alternative Dispute Resolution Practices.  Gefen focuses on commercial and employment litigation, with extensive litigation experience representing businesses and individuals in a wide array of matters before federal and state courts and administrative tribunals. These include the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, United States Labor Department, New York State Labor Department, New York State Commission on Human Rights, and New York City Commission on Human Rights. Gefen has extensively written about and been interviewed in the press on business and employment matters, including News 12 New York, News 12 New Jersey, Newsday, Long Island Business News, Long Island Business,, Queens Bar Bulletin, and Nassau lawyer.