ABOUT MISRULE of Law

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Mark Pulliam is a lawyer and writer living in Austin, Texas. A graduate of the University of Texas School of Law, Mark practiced law in California for 30 years with a large law firm, where he was recognized as one of the Best Lawyers in America. Mark now writes, mainly on legal topics, for a variety of publications. His work has appeared in the Wall Street Journal, the Los Angeles Times, National Review, City Journal, American Greatness, The American Spectator, the Federalist, The American Thinker, and many other publications. He is a contributing editor to Law and Liberty.

Mark got started writing while in law school, where he was an articles editor of the Texas Law Review. He continued to pursue this interest even while in private practice, co-authoring two legal treatises and writing articles in the Labor Law Journal, the American Bankruptcy Law Journal, Constitutional Commentary, the Wake Forest Law Review, and other scholarly publications—all long before the advent of the digital age. In the early 1990s, Mark had an epiphany when a letter to the editor he wrote to the Los Angeles Times was quoted in a published Ninth Circuit decision, Klarfield v. United States, 962 F.2d 866, 871 (9th Cir. 1992) (Kozinski, J., dissenting). The lesson appeared to be that writing for popular audiences was Mark’s true calling.

Accordingly, in the 1990s Mark turned primarily to commentary in newspapers and opinion journals. From 1995 through 1998, he wrote a monthly column for the S.D. Daily Transcript, the local legal newspaper, entitled “Politically Incorrect.”  From 1993 through 2003, he wrote a regular column for California Political Review, as that journal’s legal issues correspondent.  Again, this predated the digital age.  Some of his CPR columns are archived in PDF format at The Unz Review (www.unz.org).

Mark’s commentary and essays have appeared in newspapers across the country, Reason, The Freeman, as well as now-defunct magazines such as Policy Review and The American Enterprise. His interests include music, which he has written about in the San Diego Troubadour, Texas Music, No Depression, and Lone Star Music.

Mark can be contacted at markspulliam [at] gmail.com.

  • “Mark Pulliam is one of the few truly fearless, devastatingly incisive, original and yet deeply learned commentators on the contemporary legal scene.  His new blog is a welcome addition and a splendid and provocative resource.”
    Professor Stephen B. Presser
    Raoul Berger Professor of Legal History Emeritus, Northwestern University School of Law
  • “Mark Pulliam is the Walt Longmire of legal conservatism. You don't want to be on the wrong end of his pen. His commentary on law, politics, and policy is not to be missed.”
    Richard Reinsch II
    Director of Law and Liberty, Liberty Fund, Inc.
  • “Mark's blistering criticism of the foibles of the lawyering class and crackpot judges is a worthy penance for a recovering attorney. And it is our gain.”
    Michael Thompson
    Shareholder, Wright & Greenhill, P.C.
  • “Maybe this man’s degree is written in crayon."
    StupidEvilBastard.com
    StupidEvilBastard.com
  • “With the flourish of a pen, Mark Pulliam makes bad guys rhetorically bleed and weak guys physically cringe. It's awesome.”
    Michael Quinn Sullivan
    President & CEO, Empower Texans
  • "Mark Pulliam, writer and thinker extraordinaire, has a new blog. Make sure to visit and register. Mark Pulliam's new blog is a thing of wit and intelligence."
    Bradley J. Birzer
    Professor of History, Hillsdale College, President of the American Ideas Institute, and editor at large of The Imaginative Conservative
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