Justice Clarence Thomas and Jurisprudence of Constitutional Restoration’ with Ralph Rossum-Sept 16th

Tenth Annual Constitution Day Lecture: ‘Justice Clarence Thomas and Jurisprudence of Constitutional Restoration’ with Ralph Rossum

As he approaches a quarter century of service on the Supreme Court, Justice Clarence Thomas has consistently pursued an original general meaning approach to constitutional interpretation. He has been unswayed by the claims of precedent–by the gradual build-up of interpretations that, over time, can distort the original meaning of the constitutional provision in question and lead to muddled decisions and contradictory conclusions. As with too many layers of paint on a delicately crafted piece of furniture, precedent based on preceden (focusing on what the Court said the Constitution means in past cases as opposed to focusing on what the Constitution actually means) hides the constitutional nuance and detail he wants to restore. Thomas is unquestionably the justice who is most willing to reject this build-up, this excrescence, and to call on his colleagues to join him in scraping away past precedent and getting back to bare wood–to the original general meaning of the Constitution.
This Constitution Day lecture will show how Thomas, in his many of opinions reflecting on the original text of the Constitution (the Commerce Clause of Article I § 8 and the Ex Post Facto Clauses of Articles I §§ 9 and 10) and the First, Fourth, Fifth, Sixth and Eighth, and Tenth Amendments, has consistently sought to restore the original general meaning of the Constitution and, by so doing, has sought to secure for us the rights and liberties the founding generation fought the Revolutionary War to establish.

For more information about the lecture, contact James Muller, professor in the Department of Political Science, at (907) 786-4740.

When
Tue Sep 16, 2014 7:30pm – 9:30pm Alaska Time
Where
UAA/APU Consortium Library, Room 307, Providence Drive, Anchorage, AK, United States (map)

New Database: The Times Digital Archive, 1785-2007. As the world’s “newspape…

New Database: The Times Digital Archive, 1785-2007.

As the world’s “newspaper of record,” the Times of London has covered major international events as well as details of everyday life for over 200 years. Full-text access to news articles covering politics, economics, and culture, and also to advertising, editorials, birth/death notices, and more: http://bit.ly/1fnvyKj

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"Alaska: preparing for the long journey." Times [London, England] 24 Jan. 1968: 12. The Times Digital Archive. Web. 25 Sept. 2013.

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‘Color of Justice – Alaska,

‘Color of Justice – Alaska,’ Sept. 19

Thursday, Sept. 19, 3:45-6:45 p.m.
UAA/APU Consortium Library, Room 307

“Color of Justice – Alaska” is a program for students interested in a career in the law and the judiciary. The event is free and includes presentations by law school professors and admissions officers, as well as a speed-mentoring experience with Alaska judges and lawyers, including Alaska Supreme Court Justice Joel Bolger.

The program is presented by the National Association of Women Judges, Alaska Bar Association, Alaska Court System, UAA Justice Center and other sponsors.

For more information, contact Professor Deb Periman at dkperiman@uaa.alaska.edu.