Tom Ramstack

Tom Ramstack

Tom Ramstack is a Washington, D.C.-based journalist and attorney. Prior to joining The Well News, he covered transportation and legal affairs for The Washington Times and founded The Legal Forum, a news service for Washington’s legal community that also offers legal services for nonprofit organizations. His work has been featured in Reuters and other publications.



Ramstack notes that as a licensed Washington, D.C., lawyer, he occasionally works on short-term document review projects on a pay-per-project basis for established law firms. However, he does not represent clients in court. He also receives no payment from subscribers or advertisers from The Legal Forum.

In addition to his other professional activities, Ramstack is a licensed real estate agent.


Recent Work

July 29, 2022
by Tom Ramstack
Bill Would Help Congress Counteract Supreme Court Rulings

WASHINGTON — Senate Democrats proposed a bill Thursday that would authorize Congress to override Supreme Court decisions that interpret constitutional... Read More

WASHINGTON — Senate Democrats proposed a bill Thursday that would authorize Congress to override Supreme Court decisions that interpret constitutional rights or federal statutes. The Supreme Court Review Act would streamline procedures for Congress to use legislation to amend statutes or to create new legal rights... Read More

July 29, 2022
by Tom Ramstack
Congress Braces Itself for Ruling on State Authority Over Elections

WASHINGTON — A congressional panel tried Thursday to prepare for another Supreme Court ruling that could upend conventional thinking, this... Read More

WASHINGTON — A congressional panel tried Thursday to prepare for another Supreme Court ruling that could upend conventional thinking, this time on state authority over federal elections. Depending on how the Supreme Court rules in the case of Moore v. Harper, “That entire apparatus could vanish... Read More

July 27, 2022
by Tom Ramstack
Congress’ Despair Over Climate Change Makes Carbon Capture More Likely

WASHINGTON — The desperation wrought this summer by record heat and drought across parts of the United States were obvious... Read More

WASHINGTON — The desperation wrought this summer by record heat and drought across parts of the United States were obvious during a Senate hearing Wednesday on how to capture and reuse greenhouse gases. Only a few years ago, carbon capture technology was considered too impractical and... Read More

July 26, 2022
by Tom Ramstack
Senate Seeks New Strategy in Opioid Crisis

WASHINGTON — Only days after the Justice Department announced successful prosecutions of drug runners and seizures of huge stashes of... Read More

WASHINGTON — Only days after the Justice Department announced successful prosecutions of drug runners and seizures of huge stashes of illegal opioids, Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, said what was on everyone’s mind at a Senate hearing Tuesday. “I think we have to face the unpleasant truth... Read More

July 26, 2022
by Tom Ramstack
Senate Heads to Final Vote on Semiconductor Subsidies

WASHINGTON — The Senate voted Tuesday to advance a $52 billion bill that would subsidize and provide incentives for computer... Read More

WASHINGTON — The Senate voted Tuesday to advance a $52 billion bill that would subsidize and provide incentives for computer chip production in the United States. The procedural vote to end debate on the CHIPS Act means a final vote in the Senate is likely as... Read More

July 22, 2022
by Tom Ramstack
Bannon Found Guilty of Defying Congressional Subpoena

WASHINGTON — A jury in Washington, D.C., Friday found former Trump White House Adviser Stephen K. Bannon guilty on two... Read More

WASHINGTON — A jury in Washington, D.C., Friday found former Trump White House Adviser Stephen K. Bannon guilty on two counts of contempt of Congress after refusing to comply with a subpoena from the House Select Committee to Investigate the Jan. 6 Attack on the U.S.... Read More

July 22, 2022
by Tom Ramstack
DC Mayor Could Deploy National Guard Under Defense Bill Approved by House

WASHINGTON — The District of Columbia’s mayor would gain a right to call out the National Guard in an emergency... Read More

WASHINGTON — The District of Columbia’s mayor would gain a right to call out the National Guard in an emergency under the National Defense Authorization Act approved by the U.S. House of Representatives this month. The $840.2 billion bill would fund the Defense Department for the... Read More

July 22, 2022
by Tom Ramstack
Patent Office Accused of Allowing Politics to Decide Inventors’ Rights

WASHINGTON — Congress is trying to develop a method of depoliticizing a patent system closely tied to the vitality of... Read More

WASHINGTON — Congress is trying to develop a method of depoliticizing a patent system closely tied to the vitality of the U.S. economic system. Patents are a centerpiece of American technology and foreign trade, particularly in competition with China. Legal disputes over who owns the rights... Read More

July 20, 2022
by Tom Ramstack
UN Representative Predicts Food Crisis Without Unified International Assistance 

WASHINGTON — The outlook is dim for relieving the world’s poor from the scourge of hunger, the United Nations’ director... Read More

WASHINGTON — The outlook is dim for relieving the world’s poor from the scourge of hunger, the United Nations’ director of world hunger programs told a House committee Wednesday. “There’s a lot of bad things about to happen,” said David Beasley, director of the United Nations'... Read More

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