Stranahan Lecture - "Originalism and Original Sins: Reevaluating the Founding

Monday, October 17, 2022
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Law Center, McQuade Law Auditorium
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Along with the rise of originalism in American law, the past few decades have seen a broad moral reevaluation of the founding era. How should American lawyers and citizens approach the Constitution and its authors? This lecture will discuss how we should understand the Founders’ historical legacy, and how the Constitution they wrote might remain binding today, in law and also in conscience.

Stephen E. Sachs is the Antonin Scalia Professor of Law at Harvard Law School, where he teaches civil procedure, conflict of laws, and seminars on constitutional law. His research focuses on the law and theory of constitutional interpretation, the jurisdiction of state and federal courts, the history of procedure and private law and the role of the general common law in the U.S. legal system. He is an elected member of the American Law Institute (ALI), an adviser to the ALI’s project on the “Restatement of the Law (Third), Conflict of Laws,” and a founding member of the Academic Freedom Alliance. Sachs previously taught at Duke University School of Law and was a visiting professor at the University of Chicago Law School. Before entering academia, he practiced in the Washington, D.C., litigation group of Mayer Brown LLP, and he clerked for Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr., as well as for Judge Stephen F. Williams of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit.

Stranahan Lecture - "Originalism and Original Sins: Reevaluating the Founding
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