Bio

Recently named to Politico's Power List, attorney and political strategist Rebecca Buckwalter-Poza provides commentary for print media, radio, and television on law and politics. Areas of legal expertise include the Supreme Court, the federal judiciary, civil rights law, military law, and Indian law. As a lesbian and a Latina, topics of particular interest include LGBT rights, racial justice, criminal justice reform, women’s rights, voting rights, immigration, and gun control. She recently prevailed in the First Amendment lawsuit against President Trump challenging his right to block Twitter users.

Currently Judicial Affairs Editor at Daily Kos, with an audience of 5 million, Buckwalter-Poza has worked on progressive campaigns and policy projects on five continents, including as a Henry Luce Scholar at the Asian Legal Resource Center in Hong Kong. There, she produced work on human rights and rule of law issues throughout Southeast Asia cited by the New York Times and other mainstream media outlets.

Previously, Rebecca served as Deputy National Press Secretary of the Democratic National Committee during the 2008 presidential election. She has also worked for the Progressive Accountability Office, where she directed the polling and analytics program as well as special projects; the Center for American Progress; and the Office of James Carville.

Rebecca co-authored James Carville’s 40 More Years: How Democrats Will Rule the Next Generation as well as contributing to Paul Begala’s Third Term. Her writing on politics and law has been published by Democracy Journal, CNN, NPR, The Daily Beast, Pacific Standard, The Nation, The Atlantic, Politico, and others. Appearances include MSNBC, XM Radio, and others.

Rebecca received an A.B. in Government from Harvard College and a J.D. from the Yale Law School. She clerked for the Honorable Margaret Ryan on the Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces and the Honorable Juan R. Torruella on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit. She has worked in the White House Counsel's office and the U.S. Attorney's Office for the District of Connecticut. In 2016, Rebecca received the Yale Law Journal's inaugural Justine Wise Polier Fellowship Award to focus on barriers to accessing the justice system at the Center for American Progress.

Rebecca has been recognized by Politico, Glamour, the Harry S. Truman Scholarship Foundation, and Tagg Magazine for her work in public service and LGBT advocacy. She is the founder of Women Crush Wednesday, a D.C.-based association of more than 600 queer women.

Sub-specialties

The Supreme Court and the federal judiciary: Rebecca brings heightened insights into judicial nominations, politics, and decision-making. Her experience--including two federal appellate clerkships, a U.S. Attorney's Office fellowship, and a stint in the White House Counsel's Office--is unique.

Military law: As an attorney who studied military law, clerked on the highest appeals court for the armed forces, and observed at Guantanamo, Rebecca's one of few public commentators familiar with current military law.

Indian law: Rebecca frequently writes on vast socio-economic inequities experienced by Native Americans as a result of policy, Indian-specific legislation such as the Indian Child Welfare Act, and Supreme Court precedent on Indian law, .

LGBT rights: Rebecca is a leading voice on LGBT rights and ongoing litigation. 

Racial and ethnic disparities, particularly with respect to civil rights law and within the justice system.

Racial bias in media and the criminal justice system.