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Congratulations to Nonresident Scholar Professor John Stinneford for his article "Is Solitary Confinement a Punishment?"...
09/01/2020
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Congratulations to Nonresident Scholar Professor John Stinneford for his article "Is Solitary Confinement a Punishment?" 115 Nw. U. L. Rev. 9 (2020), which was chosen as the lead article for the law review's symposium "Rethinking Solitary Confinement." https://northwesternlawreview.org/

Featured Article The Superfluous Fifteenth Amendment? By: Travis Crum | April 19, 2020 This Article starts a conversation about reorienting voting rights doctrine toward the Fifteenth Amendment. In advancing this claim, I explore an unappreciated debate—the “Article V debate”—in the Fortieth...

08/18/2020

100 years ago on August 18th 1920, the 19th amendment to the Constitution was ratified. "The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of sex.

This Spring, Professor Martha Jones will deliver the seventh annual Salmon P. Chase Distinguished Lecture at the Supreme Court commemorating the 100th Anniversary of the adoption of the Nineteenth Amendment.

The fourth annual Thomas Cooley Book Prize of $50,000 is awarded to Sean Wilentz of Princeton University for his book, "...
07/31/2020
Georgetown Center for the Constitution Awards Cooley Book Prize to Princeton’s Sean Wilentz

The fourth annual Thomas Cooley Book Prize of $50,000 is awarded to Sean Wilentz of Princeton University
for his book, "No Property in Man: Slavery and Antislavery at the Nation’s Founding" https://bit.ly/33d9bW7

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WASHINGTON – The Georgetown Center for the Constitution announced it will award its fourth annual Thomas Cooley Book Prize of $50,000 to Professor Sean Wilentz of Princeton University for his book, No Property in Man: Slavery and Antislavery at the Nation’s Founding (Harvard University Press, 20...

New lectures have been added to the Originalism Seminar Podcast! https://bit.ly/2YHBxUAStare Decisis: Barnett and SolumO...
06/18/2020
Originalism Summer Seminar

New lectures have been added to the Originalism Seminar Podcast! https://bit.ly/2YHBxUA
Stare Decisis: Barnett and Solum
Originalist Sources: Campbell
Construction: Bernick
Cruel and Unusual: Stinneford

Recordings from the 2019 and 2020 Originalism Summer Seminar sponsored by the Georgetown Center for the Constitution at the Georgetown University Law Center.

NEW PUBLICATION: "The Life and Writings of Salmon P. Chase" is the sixth book of the Constitutional Discourse Series and...
06/10/2020
The Life and Writings of Salmon P. Chase (Constitutional Discourse)

NEW PUBLICATION: "The Life and Writings of Salmon P. Chase" is the sixth book of the Constitutional Discourse Series and is available for purchase at: https://amzn.to/2MMNlPL

A look into the life and writings of Salmon Portland Chase: an antislavery lawyer, co-founder of the Liberty, Free Soil, and Republican parties, Governor of Ohio, U.S. Senator, Treasury Secretary, and Chief Justice of the United States.

The Life and Writings of Salmon P. Chase (Constitutional Discourse)

And that's a wrap! Thank you to our students and lecturers for making the 2020 Originalism Summer Seminar a great succes...
05/26/2020
Originalism Seminar Podcast

And that's a wrap! Thank you to our students and lecturers for making the 2020 Originalism Summer Seminar a great success.

Listen to the lectures on our podcast at: https://bit.ly/2TEZxFY

Each summer, the Center brings together judges and constitutional law scholars for a deep dive into the origins of originalism, criticisms of originalism, permutations of originalism, originalism in practice, and other related topics. The Originalism Podcast curates content from our seminar programm...

03/12/2020

[ANNOUNCEMENT] The 2020 Thomas M. Cooley Judicial Lecture has been postponed.
The Federalist Society Georgetown Law

The 2020 Thomas M. Cooley Judicial Lecture & Book Prize will be March 19 at Georgetown Law. This year's lecture features...
03/05/2020

The 2020 Thomas M. Cooley Judicial Lecture & Book Prize will be March 19 at Georgetown Law. This year's lecture features the Hon. Neomi Rao and will be followed by a reception. The event is free & open to the public. Registration is required at: https://bit.ly/39mKHtI

Tomorrow at 2PM is Agency Deference after Kisor v. Wilkie feat. the Hon. Laurence Silberman. Co-sponsored by the Georget...
03/02/2020

Tomorrow at 2PM is Agency Deference after Kisor v. Wilkie feat. the Hon. Laurence Silberman. Co-sponsored by the Georgetown Journal of Law and Public Policy and the Federalist Society Georgetown Law Student Chapter.

Thank you to everyone who came for the screening of Created Equal: Clarence Thomas in His Own Words. A special thanks to...
02/27/2020

Thank you to everyone who came for the screening of Created Equal: Clarence Thomas in His Own Words. A special thanks to the filmmakers, Michael and Gina Pack, for hosting a live Q&A with our audience. For more information about the documentary visit https://www.justicethomasmovie.com/

The Center is sponsoring a free screening of the documentary Created Equal: Clarence Thomas in His Own Words on Wednesda...
02/11/2020
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The Center is sponsoring a free screening of the documentary Created Equal: Clarence Thomas in His Own Words on Wednesday 2/26 at the Georgetown AMC. Ticket reservation required by Monday 2/24 at: https://forms.gle/foeJSPzkLYNGGGHq8

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Top law students, PhD students, and recent graduates are invited to apply for the week-long Originalism Summer Seminiar ...
12/17/2019
Originalism Summer Seminar

Top law students, PhD students, and recent graduates are invited to apply for the week-long Originalism Summer Seminiar in Washington D.C. Learn state-of-the art originalist theory & practice--as well as criticisms of originalism--from preeminent scholars and jurists.

https://www.law.georgetown.edu/constitution-center/originalism-summer-seminar/originalism-summer-seminar/

Through lectures by the nation’s preeminent originalist scholars and litigators, luncheon discussions, and visits to the United States Supreme Court, the Originalism Summer Seminar--a “Boot Camp” on the Theory and Practice of Originalism--exposes elite law students and recent graduates to stat...

Last week the Center hosted the 2019 Salmon P. Chase Lecture & Faculty Colloquium commemorating the 200th Anniversary of...
12/11/2019

Last week the Center hosted the 2019 Salmon P. Chase Lecture & Faculty Colloquium commemorating the 200th Anniversary of McCulloch v. Maryland. Special thanks to our paper authors and our distinguished lecturer, Sanford Levinson, for his talk at the Supreme Court.

Professor Barnett and the Bradley Fellows attended the Antonin Scalia Memorial Dinner at the 2019 National Lawyers Conve...
11/15/2019

Professor Barnett and the Bradley Fellows attended the Antonin Scalia Memorial Dinner at the 2019 National Lawyers Convention of The Federalist Society. They had the chance to hear from many notable speakers including: Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, American Legal Scholar Richard Epstein, and Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh.

11/14/2019
Coming to Originalism: Erica Goldberg

As part of the Student Fellows program, Professor Erica Goldberg, a Visiting Scholar with the Center, presented on "Coming to Originalism." Watch her talk on the First Amendment here.
https://youtu.be/EbuDFLFnXYc

In this talk, Professor Goldberg (Dayton) chronicles how she came to originalism and how historical methods of understanding the First Amendment yield surpri...

We are pleased to announce the winner of the Annual Thomas M. Cooley Book Prize of $50,000 is Professor Keith Whittingto...
11/01/2019
Georgetown Law’s Center for the Constitution Selects Princeton Professor’s Book on Judicial Review for Cooley Book Prize

We are pleased to announce the winner of the Annual Thomas M. Cooley Book Prize of $50,000 is Professor Keith Whittington for his book Repugnant Laws: Judicial Review of Acts of Congress from the Founding to the Present.

Our official press release: https://www.law.georgetown.edu/news/georgetown-laws-center-for-the-constitution-selects-princeton-professors-book-on-judicial-review-for-cooley-book-prize/

Keith E. Whittington will receive the third annual Thomas M. Cooley Book Prize of $50,000 at March 2020 symposium exploring his book.

Happy Halloween from the Center staff and Dean Treanor! 🖤💀🎃
10/31/2019

Happy Halloween from the Center staff and Dean Treanor! 🖤💀🎃

Thank you to Professor Cashin and everyone who came out for the discussion of her forthcoming book on slavery, Jim Crow,...
10/23/2019

Thank you to Professor Cashin and everyone who came out for the discussion of her forthcoming book on slavery, Jim Crow, and reparations as part of the 2019 Student Fellows Program.

Prof. Cashin speaking on her ambitious book project covering slavery, Jim Crow, and a case for reparations.
10/22/2019

Prof. Cashin speaking on her ambitious book project covering slavery, Jim Crow, and a case for reparations.

Thank you to Professor Solum and everyone who came out for his talk on "Surprising Originalism" as part of the 2019 Stud...
10/08/2019

Thank you to Professor Solum and everyone who came out for his talk on "Surprising Originalism" as part of the 2019 Student Fellows Program.

Georgetown Law Professor Randy Barnett, South Texas Law Professor Josh Blackman Launch “100 Supreme Court Cases Everyone...
09/23/2019
Georgetown Law Professor Randy Barnett, South Texas Law Professor Josh Blackman Launch “100 Supreme Court Cases Everyone Should Know”

Georgetown Law Professor Randy Barnett, South Texas Law Professor Josh Blackman Launch “100 Supreme Court Cases Everyone Should Know”

Want to brush up on the most significant cases in Supreme Court history? Georgetown Law Professor Randy Barnett and Professor Josh Blackman of the South Texas College of Law have published a book and video series that just might change the way students study constitutional law.

09/23/2019
Constitution Day Book Preview: An Introduction to Constitutional Law

To celebrate Constitution Day, Professors Barnett and Blackman gave a talk on their new book and video lecture series on constitutional law. Watch to see an exclusive preview of their innovative approach to learning featuring the case Gonzales vs Raich.

Professor Randy Barnett and Professor Josh Blackman discuss their new book: "An Introduction to Constitutional Law: 100 Supreme Court Cases Everyone Should K...

"Want to brush up on the most significant cases in Supreme Court history? Georgetown Law Professor Randy Barnett and Pro...
09/20/2019
Georgetown Law Professor Randy Barnett, South Texas Law Professor Josh Blackman Launch “100 Supreme Court Cases Everyone Should Know”

"Want to brush up on the most significant cases in Supreme Court history? Georgetown Law Professor Randy Barnett and Professor Josh Blackman of the South Texas College of Law have published a book and video series that just might change the way students study constitutional law."
https://www.law.georgetown.edu/news/georgetown-law-professor-randy-barnett-south-texas-law-professor-josh-blackman-launch-100-supreme-court-cases-everyone-should-know/

Want to brush up on the most significant cases in Supreme Court history? Georgetown Law Professor Randy Barnett and Professor Josh Blackman of the South Texas College of Law have published a book and video series that just might change the way students study constitutional law.

09/19/2019
An Introduction to Constitutional Law | Presentation at Georgetown Center for the Constitution:

Professor @JoshMBlackman and Professor @RandyEBarnett launch their new book: An Introduction to Constitutional Law | 100 Supreme Court Cases Everyone Should Know. Thank you to the Federalist Society Georgetown Law Student Chapter for co-sponsoring!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=odHR2ebHE2g

Georgetown Center for the Constitution: An Introduction to Constitutional Law | 100 Supreme Court Cases Everyone Should Know - With Randy E. Barnett and Josh...

09/09/2019
JD Orientation "Law School for Libertarians and Conservatives " Professor Barnett

Georgetown Law professor Randy E. Barnett shares advice with 1L students on how to approach and navigate law school as a political conservative or libertarian.

Georgetown Law professor Randy E. Barnett shares advice with 1L students on how to approach and navigate law school as a political conservative or libertarian.

2019 Originalism Summer Seminar
09/05/2019

2019 Originalism Summer Seminar

Georgetown Center for the Constitution
09/05/2019

Georgetown Center for the Constitution

Wishing all of our new students a warm welcome to Georgetown Law and a welcome back to our returning students. We look f...
09/05/2019
Student Fellows

Wishing all of our new students a warm welcome to Georgetown Law and a welcome back to our returning students. We look forward to kicking off our Fall Speaker Series with our first event on Tuesday September 17th. For more information on how to become a Student Fellow: https://www.law.georgetown.edu/constitution-center/fellows-scholars/student-fellows/

The Student Fellows Program is an integral part of our mission to integrate Georgetown Law students into the broader conversation on the proper method of constitutional interpretation through interaction with leading scholars, judges, and practitioners.

Cooley Judicial Lecture: Respecting Local Control: State Law in the Federal SystemCome hear Judge Joan Larson give inaug...
03/28/2019
Cooley Judicial Lecture: Respecting Local Control: State Law in the Federal System

Cooley Judicial Lecture: Respecting Local Control: State Law in the Federal System

Come hear Judge Joan Larson give inaugural Cooley Judicial Lecture at Georgetown Law; See Cooley Book Prize awarded to Richard Fallon!

Come hear Judge Joan Larson give inaugural Cooley Judicial Lecture at Georgetown Law; See Cooley Book Prize awarded to Richard Fallon

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The Georgetown Center for the Constitution, founded in 2012, offers a variety of programs on constitutional law and theory at Georgetown Law, placing special emphasis on how best to remain faithful to the Constitution's text. Led by Professor Randy Barnett, the Center sponsors lectures, faculty colloquia, conferences, visiting scholars, post-graduate fellowships, and student fellows. All of its activities are designed to engage scholars, students, and even Supreme Court justices in conversations about how to interpret and apply the document that sits under glass less than ten blocks away from Georgetown Law.

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I have some strange questions. While I see the valor of trying to stick to the rules of law & constitution, 1) what do you do when members of the government supposedly sworn to uphold the constitution do not, and 2) when they can write laws preventing us from holding them accountable, how can we force them to obey by the constitution while also still doing so ourselves? I'm not certain, but I believe Citizens United and mandated vaccines are both unconstitutional, in which case, people IN government are not obeying the rules. And are there or are there not rules in place with which we can prosecute them, or not if this is so? Because if they ARE acting this way and we HAVE such laws, what's the problem? And if we can't hold them accountable within the restrictions OF the constitution then... then what?