Stephanie Mencimer

Stephanie Mencimer is a reporter in Mother Jones‘ Washington bureau. Her first book, Blocking the Courthouse Door: How the Republican Party and Its Corporate Allies Are Taking Away Your Right to Sue, was published in 2006. She has worked as an investigative reporter at the Washington Post, a senior writer at the Washington City Paper, and a staff writer for Legal Times. She has written for The New York TimesThe New RepublicLegal AffairsThe American ProspectMother Jones and other national publications. In 2004, she was nominated for a National Magazine Award in the public service category for her Washington Monthly article on medical malpractice politics. In 2000 Mencimer won the Harry Chapin media award for reporting on hunger and poverty. She was an editor at the Washington Monthly from 2000 to 2002.

The Courts

here are few areas of public policy where the impact of the presidential election will be quite as stark as the makeup of the U.S. Supreme Court. The next president could potentially appoint two or three new justices in a single term, giving the winning candidate the opportunity to radically reshape the Court for a… Read more »

Objection, Your Honor

or years, authors like Philip K. Howard, Walter Olson, and ABCs John Stossel have churned out books declaring that lawsuits and the liberal lawyers who bring them are driving the country to ruin. They argue that the country is suffering from a collective abandonment of personal responsibility that has resulted in millions of citizens ready… Read more »

Tort Reform, Corporate Style

TORT REFORM, CORPORATE STYLE….After the Sago coal mine disaster killed 12 West Virginia miners last month, the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) came under widespread criticism for failing to adequately regulate the coal industry and protect mine workers. Critics blamed the Bush administration for stocking the agency with coal industry cronies who wanted a… Read more »

False Alarm

Among others, the story featured a softball tournament organizer, a minister, and a doctor who all claimed to have modified their behavior because they were terrified of lawsuits. Ryan Warner, an insurance salesman in Page, Ariz., told Newsweek that he had recently cancelled an annual charity softball tournament because an injured player had sued the… Read more »