February 24, 97
Vol. 12 , No. 07
Law and Legal Culture in America
FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 28, 1997 12:30 p.m.
The Henry Salvatori Center is pleased to sponsor a lunch and panel discussion on Law and Lawyers in America as part of a larger symposium on the State of Law in America. The panel-four of the nation's most respected legal scholars-will be comprised of Hadley Arkes, Michael Krauss, Michael McConnell, and Michael Uhlmann who will discuss the American legal profession and its influence on criminal, civil, and constitutional jurisprudence. They will consider the way that the profession of law has been shaped by the academy, what the assumptions and teachings of law schools are, and how these doctrines affect the practice of law. These four scholars, having served in academia and at the bar, bring a breadth of expertise to the topic and students seeking to practice the law or work in American government will find their insights invaluable.
Dr. Arkes is a well known scholar in the field of constitutional law. His 1986 book First Things is a compelling examination of the "first principles" on which positive law should find its foundation. His 1990 work, Beyond the Constitution, considered the way in which these first principles influenced the founders. Arkes argues that such underlying principles must be considered in interpreting the Constitution. Most recently, Dr. Arkes published The Return of George Sutherland (1994), an attempt to resurrect the grounding of jurisprudence in the theory of natural rights through the writings of Justice Sutherland. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Chicago and is the Edward Ney Professor of jurisprudence and American Institutions at Amherst.
An expert on tort law and a member of the law and economics movement, Professor Krauss practiced law in Canada before receiving his LL.M. from Yale Law School. A former Columbia University Law and Economics Institute Fellow, Krauss taught at the University of Toronto and the Universite de Sherbrooke before he joined the faculty of the George Mason University Law School. Krauss, recently named a Henry Salvatori Fellow by the Heritage Foundation, argues compellingly that the tort system has been usurped by an activist judiciary and has been transformed from a means of resolving civil disputes into means of judicial policy-making.
Professor McConnell is a leading authority on religious liberty and the Supreme Court. After receiving his J.D. at the University of Chicago, McConnell clerked for Chief Justice William Brennan before serving in the Solicitor General's office for two years. During this time he argued six cases before the Supreme Court. He joined the faculty of the University of Chicago Law School, where he served as the William B. Graham Professor of Law until earlier this year. He is currently a professor at the University of Utah Law School.
Dr. Uhlmann is a Washington attorney and Senior Fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center. He is currently on leave from a position as partner in the law firm of Pepper, Hamilton & Scheetz and is a professor on CMC's Washington Semester Program. He has worked extensively in government, serving as Assistant Attorney General in the Ford Administration, Special Assistant to President Reagan, and head of President Bush's legal policy transition team. Uhlmann has an LL.B. from University of Virginia and a Ph.D. from The Claremont Graduate School. He is the author of a forthcoming book on euthanasia and physician-assisted suicide.
This promises to be a lively and insightful discussion among some of this nation's most distinguished legal theorists and practitioners. It will be the first event in a day-long symposium that is open to all students and faculty. The symposium will continue after lunch in Davidson Lecture Hall, beginning at 1:30 p.m. You are welcome to join the Salvatori Center and the Athenaeum for this special lunch event.