Constitutional Law

This is an advanced seminar that will bring together outside scholars, resident faculty, and Northwestern students for an exchange of views about cutting-edge research on constitutional theory. On six occasions during the semester, a workshop will be held at which a leading scholar will present a paper growing out of his or her research on issues of constitutional law. These workshops will be attended by members of the faculty of the School of Law, faculty from other schools and departments within and without Northwestern, and interested students.

On weeks when there is no outside speaker, the seminar will meet to review the previous workshops and to discuss an upcoming paper or papers. Students are required to write short critiques of each forthcoming paper, which will provide the foundation for seminar discussions and will be shared with the authors in advance of their presentations.

Fall 2016

Organized by Professors John McGinnis and James Pfander

All sessions take place on Mondays from 4:00-5:50pm in Rubloff 339.

September 19
Nicholas Stephanopoulus, Assistant Professor of Law, University of Chicago Law School
Discounting Accountability

October 3
Bernadette Meyler, Carl and Sheila Spaeth Professor of Law, Stanford Law School
The Rhetoric of Precedent

October 17
Amanda Tyler, Professor of Law, Boalt Hall School of Law
Habeas Corpus

October 31     
Richard Re, Assistant Professor of Law, UCLA School of Law
Equal Right to the Poor

November 14
Michael McConnell, Richard and Frances Mallery Professor of Law, Stanford Law School
The Logical Structure of Article Two

November 28
Randy Kozel, Professor of Law, University of Notre Dame School of Law
Settled Versus Right: A Theory of Precedent


Fall 2015

Organized by Professors John McGinnis and James Pfander

All sessions take place on Mondays from 4:00-5:50pm in Rubloff 339.

September 21
Tara Grove, Professor of Law and Robert, William & Mary Marshall-Wythe School of Law
The Lost History of the Political Question Doctrine

October 5
Ernest Young, Alston & Bird Professor of Law, Duke Law School
The Volk of New Jersey? State Identity, Distinctiveness, and Political Culture in the American Federal System

October 26
A.J. Bellia, Jr., O’Toole Professor of Constitutional Law, University of Notre Dame - The Law School
The Law of Nations and the United States Constitution

November 2
John C. Coates, John F. Cogan, Jr. Professor of Law and Economics, Harvard Law School
Deconstitutionalizing Corporate and Commercial Speech

November 16
William Baude, Neubauer Family Assistant Professor of Law, University of Chicago Law School
The Law of Interpretation

November 30
Peter J. Smith, Professor of Law, George Washington University Law School
The Return of Lochnersponsibility"