Who is Elie Mystal? Elie Mystal (42) is The Nation’s justice correspondent – covering the courts, the criminal justice system and politics – and the force behind the magazine’s monthly column “Objection!” He is also Alfred Knobler Fellow at the Type Media Center. Mystal received a degree in Government from Harvard University in 2000 and in law from Harvard Law School in 2003. He is a former Debevoise & Plimpton contributor and longtime Fan of the New York Mets. One of these things is not like the others. Prior to joining The Nation, Mystal was executive director of Above the Law and Editor-At-Large of Breaking Media. Elie Mystal joined ATL in 2008 and won the ATL Idol Contest. Prior to joining ATL, Elie wrote about politics and popular culture at City Hall News and the New York Press. He has written editorials for the New York Daily News and the New York Times, and has appeared on MSNBC, Fox News and CNN, and virtually any network that will invite him without having to lie about his politics to news outlets. He can be followed @ElieNYC.
Personal life and family context:
Elie Mystal is married and has two children.
Mystal married his wife in 2004.
Life in advance and education:
Elie Mystal was born in 1978.
His father is Elie Mystal senior, who is now deceased, was the first African-American lawmaker elected in the Suffolk County district. His mother is Elizabeth Ying.
He moved to Indiana during his senior year of high school.
In 2000, Mystal graduated from Harvard University with a degree in government.
He went on to earn his Juris Doctor (JD) at Harvard Law School in 2003.
Career, income, salary and net worth:
After graduating from law school, Mystal began working at the law firm Debevoise & Plimpton in New York City as a litigator.
He soon decided to leave the prestigious law firm. The months following his resignation were not easy. Mystal admitted that he spent many days alone on the couch.
After a few months, he worked part-time as an LSAT tutor and also as a freelance writer. He once claimed to have started blogging because of boredom.
In 2008, Mystal participated in a competition at Above the Law (ATL), a news website dedicated to discussing and covering the law, law schools and the legal profession.
The contest was said to be an “American Idol.” The former lawyer essentially won the contest and was subsequently hired by the news agency.
He is now the editor-in-chief of ATL.
In addition to his work at ATL, he is Editor at Large of Breaking Media and is a guest and contributor to major news outlets such as the New York Times and MSNBC.
Mystal is now said to be one of the most powerful players in the world of political blogs.
Curiosity, height and interesting facts:
Mystal said Harvard Law was the most intellectually inspiring place it’s ever been.
The former practicing lawyer admits that his time with a large law firm was not entirely negative and actually got to do some pro-bono work. He goes on to admit that although he felt he was helping real people do a pro-bono job, it was much more stressful to think they relied so much on your help.
Mystal admits to being a chatterbox and a connoisseur of words, who struggles to keep his mouth shut.
He’s a Mets fan and loves dogs.
He recognizes that his wife is the boss at home.
Mystal was criticized in 2019 after he said he fantasized about vandalizing President Trump’s property because of the agony the president is subjecting to the American people.
He is known for fighting racism hard and is said to be aggressive without apology when fighting for what he believes in, something he is often criticized for by his opponents.
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