Amicus Curiae Lecture Series on Constitutional Democracy

Community outreach – both on-campus and to the community – has been an important part of the Perry Center’s work.  The Amicus Curiae Lecture Series on Constitutional Democracy, sponsored by the Perry Center and supported in part by a grant from the West Virginia Humanities Council, brings scholars from throughout the United States to Marshall to speak to various historical and contemporary issues related to the Constitution and to United States politics and government. The lectures are free and open to the public.

UPCOMING LECTURES FOR 2013-14 

We would love for you to attend in person, but if you cannot, you can still see and hear the lectures via live-streaming at www.marshall.edu/it/livestream.

April 1, 2014, STEPHEN G. HARVEY

Creationism on Trial:  Kitzmiller v. Dover Area School District:  

The 20th Century Monkey Trial

  Though it seemed the issue was settled long ago, state lawmakers and school boards continue to attempt to mandate the teaching of religion in our public schools – this, despite the Supreme Court ban in 1987 of the teaching of “creationism” in public schools.  Advocates simply coined the term “intelligent design” and began trying again.  Mr. Harvey — who successfully challenged this practice in the first federal court case to strike down a school board’s “intelligent design” curriculum as a violation of the First Amendment guarantee of religious freedom – will discuss the Constitutional reasons behind the line of decisions that creates such outcomes and tell us the story of his Kitzmiller trial, which is the subject of four books (including one by the great-grandson of Charles Darwin) and extensive media coverage both nationally and internationally, including as the subject of a two-hour episode of PBS’s NOVA.

About the speaker: Steve Harvey served as co-lead counsel for the plaintiffs in Kitzmiller v. Dover Area School District, the first case in the nation to test whether “intelligent design” can be introduced into the curriculum of public high school science classes. In a sweeping victory for the plaintiffs, Judge John E. Jones, III, a Republican appointee of President George W. Bush, ruled that the Dover school board in Pennsylvania had violated the First Amendment Establishment Clause’s “wall of separation” between church and state and that intelligent design is clearly religious in nature and is not science.

He earned his B.A. from the University of Massachusetts and his J.D. magna cum laude from Villanova University. He served as law clerk to Judge Myron H. Bright, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit, before entering the Honors Program of the U.S. Department of Justice in Washington, D.C., where he served as a trial lawyer in the Federal Programs Branch of the Civil Division.  He later worked with Crowell & Moring LLP in Washington, D.C., and then for Pepper Hamilton LLP in Philadelphia, where he was a partner from 2000-2013.  In December 2013, he founded Steve Harvey Law, a litigation boutique firm in Philadelphia.  He continues to represent clients on a pro bono basis in cases involving religious freedom, science education, organ allocation, political asylum and the rights of children.  He is a member of the Legal Advisory Committee of the National Center for Science Education.

 

Links to Previous Lectures

March 11, 2014, DAVID RUDOVSKY  

Breaking the Cycle of Mass Incarceration and Racial Injustice in America 

David Rudovsky is Senior Fellow and Professor at the University of Pennsylvania Law School.  He is also one of the nation’s leading civil rights and criminal defense attorneys as a founding partner of the civil rights law firm Kairys, Rudovsky, Messing & Feinberg.  He is the co-author of the books Police Misconduct: Law and Litigation (West, 2012, 3rd ed.) and The Law of Arrest, Search, and Seizure in Pennsylvania (6th ed. 2011, PBI Press).  He was awarded a MacArthur Foundation Fellowship and Award for Accomplishments in Civil Rights Law and Criminal Justice; the ACLU Civil Liberties Award; and the Philadelphia Bar Association’s Cesare Beccaria Award for Criminal Justice Accomplishments. He is a five-time recipient of the Harvey Levin Award for Excellence in Teaching at Penn Law and a past winner of the University of Pennsylvania Lindback Award for Teaching Excellence.  He earned his B.A. from Queen’s College and his LL.B. from New York University Law School.

February 4, 2014, BRIAN DIRCK

Abraham Lincoln and Constitutional Optimism

Brian Dirck is a Professor of History at Anderson University in Anderson, Indiana, where he teaches courses in History and Political Science.  He is the author of four well-regarded books about Abraham Lincoln, including Lincoln the Lawyer, an overview of Lincoln’s legal career and winner of the Benjamin Barondess Award from the New York Civil War Roundtable for the best book published on Lincoln in 2007.  Dr. Dirck earned his Ph.D. in History from the University of Kansas, where he studied under preeminent Civil War and Lincoln scholar Philip S. Paludan.  He earned his M.A. from Rice University and his B.A. from the University of Central Arkansas.

November 5, 2013, LOUIS MICHAEL SEIDMAN

On Constitutional Disobedience

Louis Michael Seidman is the Carmack Waterhouse Professor of Constitutional Law at the Georgetown University Law Center, where he has taught since 1976.  He is the author of four books about various issues related to the Constitution, including one on the subject of his lecture, On Constitutional Disobedience (Oxford, 2012), and the co-author of five textbooks on Constitutional Law.  He earned his A.B. from the University of Chicago and his J.D. from Harvard.  He served as a law clerk for Judge J. Skelly Wright of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit and subsequently as a law clerk for U.S. Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall.

October 8, 2013, JAMES F. SIMON 

FDR and Chief Justice Hughes: The President, The Supreme Court and the Epic Battle over the New Deal

 James F. Simon is Dean Emeritus and Martin Professor of Law Emeritus of New York Law School.  Mr. Simon has written eight books on American history, law and politics, including FDR and Chief Justice Hughes:  The President, The Supreme Court and the Epic Battle Over the New Deal (Simon & Schuster, 2012).  He was a commentator in the PBS series The Supreme Court.  He earned both his B.A. and his law degree from Yale University.

April 18, 2013, GREGORY FRIEL

Gay Rights in America: From Death, Oppression, and Stigma to Marriage Equality

 http://new.livestream.com/marshallu/events/2039701/images/16772781

Greg Friel, a graduate of Marshall University and Harvard Law School, has worked in the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Department of Justice for more than two decades.  He has spent his career fighting discrimination.

April 8, 2013, CLIFF SLOAN

The Great Decision: Jefferson, Adams, Marshall, and the Battle for the Supreme Court  http://new.livestream.com/marshallu/cliffsloan

Cliff Sloan, a graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Law School, clerked in the U.S. Supreme Court, and has served as Associate Counsel to the President and as Assistant to the Solicitor General.  He is a partner in the law firm of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom in Washington, D.C.  He is the co-author of The Great Decision: Jefferson, Adams, Marshall and the Battle for the Supreme Court.

November 29, 2012, GEORGE C. EDWARDS

Evaluating the Electoral College  http://new.livestream.com/marshallu/georgecedwards

George C. Edwards II, Ph.D., is a leading scholar of the presidency and Distinguished Professor of Political Science at Texas A&M University.  He is the founder and, from 1991-2001, was the director of The Center for Presidential Studies.


October 16, 2012, DANIEL FELLER

The People’s Will Denied?  Backroom Politics and the Election of 1824  http://new.livestream.com/marshallu/danielfeller

Daniel Feller, Ph.D., is the Betty Lynn Hendrickson Professor of History at the University of Tennessee, the Director of the Center for Jacksonian America, and the Editor and Director of The Papers of Andrew Jackson.

September 26, 2012, THOMAS E. MANN

It’s Even Worse Than It Looks: How the American Constitutional System Collided with the New Politics of Extremism

Thomas Mann, Ph.D., is the W. Averell Harriman Chair and senior fellow in Governance Studies at The Brookings Institution.  He is the co-author, with Norm Ornstein, of It’s Even Worse Than It Looks:  How the American Constitutional System Collided With the New Politics of Extremism

http://new.livestream.com/marshallu/thomasmann

March 6, 2012, JOYCE E. McCONNELL

Remember the Ladies: The History of Women and the Constitution

Joyce E. McConnell is the William J. Maier, Jr., Dean of the West Virginia University College of Law and the Thomas R. Goodwin Professor of Law.  Dean McConnell is the author of articles on women’s rights, teaches Gender and Law, and has served as the Chair of the Section on Women in Legal Education for the Association of American Law Schools.  Her current work focuses on women and leadership.

 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hb6UEBvkyWU

February 23, 2012, STEPHEN MIDDLETON

Four Elements of Progressive Constitutional Change, the Expansion of Civil Rights, and the Popular and Legal Assault on Reform, 1865-1883

Stephen Middleton is Professor of History and Director of African American Studies at Mississippi State University. He is the author of The Black Laws: Race and the Legal Process in Early Ohio. He has written extensively on race and the law.  He earned the doctoral degree at Miami University (Ohio) and, as a Samuel I. Golieb Fellow in Legal History, completed the first year curriculum in law at the New York University School of Law.

 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8TtOsnFEM8Y

February 10, 2012, FRED SCHAUER

Does the Constitution Matter?

Frederick Schauer is the David and Mary Harrison Distinguished Professor of Law at the University of Virginia School of Law, where he teaches Constitutional Law, Evidence, and Jurisprudence.   A Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and former holder of a Guggenheim Fellowship, Schauer has written extensively on freedom of speech and press, constitutional law and theory, evidence, legal reasoning, and the philosophy of law.  He is a graduate of Dartmouth College, the Amos Tuck School of Business Administration at Dartmouth, and the Harvard Law School.

November 17, 2011, JOHN FRIEDL

Through the Looking Glass: The Constitution Means What Five Justices Want it to Mean

John Friedl holds a joint appointment as Professor of Political Science and Professor of Accounting at The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. He teaches Constitutional Law, Civil Liberties, First Amendment, Mass Communication Law, and Business Law. He earned a B.A., M.A. and Ph.D. in cultural anthropology from the University of California at Berkeley and a M.P.H. and J.D. from the University of Michigan. He has published widely in the fields of law, anthropology, public health, and public policy in higher education.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QPDhH5UpMFY

 

October 11, 2011, JOHNATHAN O’NEILL 

Originalism and the Rule of Law

 Johnathan O’Neill is Chairman of the History Department at Georgia Southern University where he teaches courses on U.S. Constitutional History and Legal History.  He earned his B.A. from Colgate University and his Master’s and Ph.D. from the University of Maryland.  He is the author of the book Originalism in American Law and Politics: A Constitutional History.

 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PXitEijzl5A

September 1, 2011, JEAN EDWARD SMITH

John Marshall  and the Legalization of the Constitution

Jean Edward Smith is the author of John Marshall: Definer of a Nation, and 14 other books.  His biography of Ulysses S. Grant was one of three finalists for the Pulitzer Prize and his biography of Franklin D. Roosevelt won the prestigious Francis Parkman Prize in 2008.  He received his A.B. magna cum laude from Princeton University and his Ph.D. from Columbia University, where he is now the Senior Scholar in Residence in the Department of History.  He holds an honorary doctorate of Humane Letters from Marshall University, where he was the John Marshall Professor of Political Science for 12 years after serving for more than 30 years on the faculty of the University of Toronto.  

 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jh0jCAOaXtE

                                                                             

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