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Steven J. Harper is an attorney, adjunct professor at Northwestern University Law School, former litigation partner at Kirkland & Ellis LLP, and author of four books, including Crossing Hoffa — A Teamster’s Story (Chicago Tribune “Best Book of the Year”) and The Lawyer Bubble — A Profession in Crisis. He has been a regular contributor to, Dan Rather’s News & Guts, and American Lawyer. He blogs at “The Belly of the Beast.”

Steve’s op-eds have appeared in The New York Times and numerous other publications. He is a fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers and included in Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business and The Best Lawyers in America. For 30 years prior to his retirement, he was a litigator at Kirkland & Ellis LLP, which he joined upon graduation from Harvard Law School (magna cum laude) and Northwestern University (combined BA/MA degrees in economics; Phi Beta Kappa).

The Pandemic Timeline Series

Steve is the author of the “Pandemic Timeline” series at One-by-one, it debunked Trump’s persistent lies about COVID-19 and his handling of the crisis.

The Insurrection Timeline

Steve also created and curated the Insurrection Timeline at

The Trump-Russia-Ukraine Timeline Project

Steve also created and curated of  “The Trump-Russia-Unraine Timeline” at

Former President Donald J. Trump’s connections to Russia began more than 40 years ago and didn’t end on Election Day 2016. Steven and the producers at launched the Trump-Russia Timeline in February 2017 with 25 sourced and annotated entries.

Almost four years later, the weekly updates to the Timeline ended. Renamed the Trump-Russia-Ukraine Timeline, it had thousands of entries and encompassed Trump’s first impeachment. Readers can browse entries chronologically, focus on a particular date range, or use the name filter to click on one or more individuals to see where they fit in the overall narrative.

In addition to “Moyers on Democracy,” the Trump-Russia-Ukraine Timeline appears at at Dan Rather’s News & Guts and Just Security.

Referring to the Timeline, former assistant Watergate prosecutor Nick Akerman said, “That’s the most enlightening thing you can possibly read. That’s the best source out there on this stuff.” MSNBC’s Lawrence O’Donnell called the Timeline “the greatest tool that we journalists have to work with every day as we stare at this story.”

After Trump lost the election in November 2020, events began to overlap with the Insurrection Timeline – also available at Created as antidotes to the lies and misinformation that Trump and his allies keep spreading, both timelines remain valuable resources for those interested in facts.


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