Book event

September 29, 2020 – Northampton, MA

Virtual book launch for BIG DIRTY MONEY hosted by Broadside Bookstore in Northampton, MA

September 30, 2020 – Springfield, MA

The Center for Social Justice is excited to host WNE Professor Jennifer Taub via Zoom in conversation with Helaine Olen from the Washington Post for a celebration of Taub’s new book––Big Dirty Money: The Shocking Injustice and Unseen Cost of White Collar Crime. [Sign up here]


October 6, 2020 – Washington, DC

Expert panel discussion of BIG DIRTY MONEY hosted by Politics & Prose. [Register here].

Julie Zebrak, panel moderator, is a DC attorney and political consultant.

Jesse Eisinger is a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, ProPublica editor, and author of The Chickenshit Club.

Barb McQuade is a former US Attorney for the Eastern District of Michigan, MSNBC legal expert, and University of Michigan law professor.

Elie Mystal is the Justice correspondent at The Nation

Joyce Vance is the former US Attorney for the Norther District of Alabama, MSNBC legal expert, and University of Alabama law professor

October 16, 2020 – New York, NY

Invited panel moderator for the 2020 Cooper-Walsh Colloquium, “The Impact of Financial Crisis on Urban Environments: Past, Present, and Future,” a conversation about the unique impacts, consequences of and responses to financial crises in urban areas, a webinar hosted virtually by the Fordham Urban Law Journal.

Big Dirty Money

Big Dirty Money

There is an elite crime spree happening in America, and the privileged perps are getting away with it. Selling loose cigarettes on a city sidewalk can lead to a choke hold arrest and death. But if you’re in the 1 percent and commit mail, wire, or bank fraud; embezzle pension funds; lie to the FBI; obstruct justice; bribe a public official; launder money; or cheat on your taxes, you’re likely to get off scot-free (or even win an election). If caught and convicted, say, for bribing your kid’s way into college, you might make a brief stop in a minimum-security “Club Fed” camp. Operate the scam from the executive suite of a giant corporation, and you can prosper with impunity.

This is not victimless crime. Big Dirty Money goes beyond the headlines (of which there is no shortage—Wells Fargo, Theranos, Purdue Pharma) to detail the scandalous ways that all the rest of us suffer when the well-heeled use white collar crime to gain and sustain wealth, social status, and political influence. Profiteers caused the mortgage meltdown and the prescription opioid crisis. They’ve evaded taxes and depleted public funds for education, public health, and infrastructure. The financial cost to victims for fraud and embezzlement alone is as much as $800 billion a year.

Jennifer Taub sounds an alarm we ignore at our country’s peril. The solutions include strengthening prosecutorial muscle, protecting journalists and whistleblowers, challenging the “too big to jail” syndrome, and overturning the growing implicit immunity of the upper class. This urgent book should enrage—and engage—consumers, citizens, and everybody who believes no one is above the law.