Elie Mystal

Alfred Knobler Fellow

Elie Mystal is an Alfred Knobler Fellow at Type Media Center, The Nation‘s Justice Correspondent—covering the courts, the criminal justice system, and politics—and the force behind the magazine’s monthly column, “Objection!”

Mystal is a graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Law School, a former associate at Debevoise & Plimpton, and a lifelong New York Mets fans. One of those things is not like the others. Prior to joining Type Media Center, Mystal was the executive editor of Above the Law. He’s a frequent guest on MSNBC and Sirius XM. He will resist.


Allow Me to Retort: A Black Guy’s Guide to the Constitution

Allow Me to Retort is an easily digestible argument about what rights we have, what rights Republicans are trying to take away, and how to stop them.


The 14th Amendment Isn’t Going to Save Us From Donald Trump

Type Media Center fellow Elie Mystal discusses the impracticality of relying solely on the judicial system to prevent Donald Trump from becoming a candidate on the U.S. election ballot in 2024.

The Fate of Your Rent May Be in the Supreme Court’s Hands

Type Media Center fellow Elie Mystal discusses cases going to the Supreme Court that threaten rent control and stabilization guidelines.

James Ho Wants to Be the Next Clarence Thomas

The Fifth Circuit judge is a far-right extremist and provocateur—and he’s angling for a seat on the Supreme Court.

This Supreme Court Case Could Make It Even Harder to Tax Rich People

The case Moore v. United States arose over a disputed $15,000 tax bill. It could cost the United States billions.

Biden’s Israel-Palestine Policy Could Cost Him the Election

The president’s blank-check support of Israel’s war on Gaza is alienating many of the Black and brown voters he needs to win reelection.