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About a year ago, I published my first piece for the Monthly. It got a lot of clicks. (But who’s counting?) So I wrote a few more. A book review in print and nearly a dozen digital columns later, it looks like I am making a habit out of it. I’m thrilled.

For me, the Monthly feels like home—a smart, witty, well-reported magazine that does great work on things I’m interested in, like money in politics, political corruption, and inequality. I teach law and have written best-selling books (Big Dirty Money: The Shocking Injustice and Unseen Cost of White Collar Crime and Other People’s Houses: How Decades of Bailouts, Captive Regulators, and Toxic Bankers Made Home Mortgages a Thrilling Business)—but writing for the Monthly helps me reach even more readers, with articles on E. Jean Carroll’s historic lawsuit against Donald Trump, for example, and the multiple prosecutions being pursued against the former president in New York by the Manhattan district attorney and the U.S. attorney. We don’t pull punches. I’ve cheered the Biden Justice Department’s new emphasis on corporate crime but questioned why Attorney General Merrick Garland hasn’t done more to go after Trump.

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Jennifer Taub

Jennifer Taub is a law professor and author of Other People’s Houses (about the 2008 financial crisis) and Big Dirty Money. Follow Jennifer on Twitter @jentaub.