Cleveland State Law Review Symposium - History and the Meaning of the Constitution

Friday, April 18, 2014 - 9:00am - 12:15pm
Location: 1801 Euclid Ave, Cleveland, Ohio 44115 (Moot Court Room)

Cleveland State Law Review Symposium  -  "History and the Meaning of the Constitution," co-sponsored by the Federalist Society 

Law and history are deeply intertwined. Legal thinkers and judges have employed varying approaches to using history when reading the Constitution. This symposium will explore history's role in this regard, whether it be through historical context, originalism, the spirit of Founding-era documents, or another of the various methods. 
  • Patrick Charles, "History as a Guidepost to Interpreting the Constitution"
  • Sheldon Gelman, "Court-packing and the 'Switch in Time': Recent Developments"
  • Scott Gerber, "Liberal Originalism: The Declaration of Independence and Constitutional Interpretation"
  • Lee Strang, "Originalism's Promise and Limits"
Patrick Charles, J.D., is the author of numerous articles and books, including a forthcoming book entitled "Historicism, Originalism, and the Constitution: The Use and Abuse of the past in American Jurisprudence." Charles currently serves as a historian for Air Force Special Operations Command 352nd Special Operations Group. 
Sheldon Gelman, J.D., LL.M., writes about constitutional law, law and psychiatry, and jurisprudence, and his articles have appeared in the Georgetown Law Journal, the Minnesota Law Review, and Constitutional Commentary, among others. He is a Professor of Law at Cleveland-Marshall College of Law. 
Scott Douglas Gerber, Ph.D., J.D., has published eight books including, most recently, with Oxford University Press.  He is a Professor of Law at the Ohio Northern University Pettit College of Law and was recently named one of the top law professors in Ohio.
Lee Strang, J.D., LL.M., clerked for Chief Judge Alice M. Batchelder of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit and was also an associate for Jenner & Block in Chicago. He is Professor of Law at the University of Toledo College of Law.

CLE credit: 3 hours approved

Category: CLE Programs, General

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