UCLA Law professor Adam Winkler launched a national conversation with his 2018 book, We the Corporations: How American Businesses Won Their Civil Rights (Liveright/W.W. Norton). The book, which tells the story of corporations’ long drive to gain constitutional rights, was an unmitigated smash. It drew rave reviews from newspapers nationwide, became a finalist for the 2018 National Book Award for nonfiction, was nominated for the 2018 National Book Critics Circle’s nonfiction award and won the 2019 Scribes Book Award from the American Society of Legal Writers.
Winkler’s gripping narrative illuminates the legendary lawyers and justices – including Daniel Webster, Roger Taney, Lewis Powell and even Thurgood Marshall – who played central roles in the history behind the controversial 2010 Supreme Court decision Citizens United v. FEC. A leading constitutional scholar who consistently ranks among the law professors whom American appeals courts most often cite, Winkler teaches the first-year constitutional law course at UCLA Law, as well as the Supreme Court Simulation.
“Corporations do not march on Washington or parade down Main Street with signs. They have won their rights in the Supreme Court in a quiet revolution,” said Winkler, who joined the UCLA Law faculty in 2002 and emphasizes the value that his scholarship plays in the classroom. “I love the opportunity to work with bright, engaged students and help them understand how they can use the law to make our society better.”