Judge Robert Katzmann on Interpreting the Law of Congress
In an ideal world, the laws of Congress – known as federal statutes – would always be clearly worded and easily understood by the judges who must interpret them. But the wording of many laws is ambiguous or even contradictory. What are the principles, then, by which judges should interpret their meaning? Stick only to the text? Consult aids beyond the statutes themselves – and to what degree?
In celebration of The New Republic's 100th year anniversary, Franklin Foer, editor of The New Republic, joined the National Constitution Center for a conversation on the magazine’s recently released book exploring the pivotal issues of modern America – Insurrections of the Mind: 100 Years of Politics and Culture in America. Constitution Center President and CEO and New Republic legal affairs editor Jeffrey Rosen will moderate.
Gov. Jeb Bush, Justice Alito attend preview of George H.W. Bush gallery
Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito and National Constitution Center chairman Jeb Bush were among the dignitaries at the National Constitution Center on Monday night as the Center previewed its new George H.W. Bush Gallery.
Red, White, and Blue: America’s Influence on the Norwegian Constitution
In celebration of the 200th anniversary of Norway’s Constitution, the National Constitution Center and the Norwegian-American Chamber of Commerce (Philadelphia Chapter) presents a conversation on the influence of the Founding Fathers and U.S. Constitution on the Norwegian Constitution — just one of the many historic bonds between these two countries. Participating in this discussion is University of Oslo Professor Ola Mestad and University of California Professor Kaare Strøm.
Screenwriter and historian Geoffrey C. Ward painted an extraordinarily vivid portrait of one of America’s greatest political dynasties as represented by three extraordinary individuals—Theodore, Eleanor, and Franklin Delano Roosevelt—and their lasting impact on our nation.
The Roberts Court: Redrawing the Ground Rules of American Government
From Citizens United to the Affordable Care Act to gay marriage, the Supreme Court under Chief Justice John Roberts has profoundly affected American life. Scholar Laurence Tribe explored these and other ideas during a recent program at the National Constitution Center.
David Boies and Theodore Olson vs. the Supreme Court
The nation’s most prominent lawyers, David Boies and Theodore Olson, who famously went head to head in Bush v. Gore talked about teaming up together for one of the highest-profile cases in recent Supreme Court history.
A Judge’s Perspective on Current Threats to a Fair and Impartial Judiciary
An insider’s look at the challenges state court judges face in charged political environments with Judge Anna Blackburne-Rigsby of the Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia, Justice Barbara J. Pariente of the Florida Supreme Court, and former Chief Justice Marsha Ternus of the Iowa Supreme Court.
Attorney Alan Gura and Michael Waldman of the Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law, sat down with National Constitution Center President and CEO Jeffrey Rosen for a smart and informed discussion about the history of the Second Amendment.
The Civil Rights Movement: Redefining the Meaning of Equality
Scholars Bruce Ackerman, Tomiko Brown-Nagin, and Steven Calabresi discussed how the civil rights movement amounted to a genuine revolution in constitutional law, focusing on the landmark statutes of the 1960s: the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Voting Rights Act of 1965, and the Fair Housing Act of 1968.
The location of district lines decide which voters vote for which representative. In 34 states, the state legislature has primary responsibility for creating a redistricting plan--in many cases subject to approval by the state governor. Congressman Alan Lowenthal (D-CA) believes that “people, not politicians” should be ultimately responsible for drawing political lines.
Prominent scholars Nancy Cott of Harvard University, Neil Siegel of Duke University School of Law, and Yale Law School’s Reva Siegel discussed the evolution of 19th Amendment’s guarantee of women’s equality from suffrage to present day.
As part of the Free Library of Philadelphia’s One Book, One Philadelphia celebration of Kevin Powers’ book, The Yellow Birds, join the Constitution Center for a discussion on terrorism. Panelists include Chris Edelson of American University and Lou Fisher of the Constitution Project.
Linda Greenhouse, former Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times reporter; Donald Ritchie, U.S. Senate historian; and Richard Valelly, Claude C. Smith '14 Professor of Political Science at Swarthmore College, offer an impartial, insightful primer on the basics of the American political system.
Join National Constitution Center President and CEO Jeffrey Rosen for a timely program featuring Legal Commentator and Law Professor Jonathan H. Adler and Senior Counsel to Constitutional Accountability Center Simon Lazarus to explore the constitutional controversies surrounding the Affordable Care Act.
Join distinguished legal scholar Garrett Epps and SCOTUS blog’s Lyle Denniston, the National Constitution Center’s adviser for constitutional literacy, as they delve into the indelible language of America’s founding document.
On the 150th anniversary of the Gettysburg Address, join constitutional scholar and Yale Law professor Akhil Amar, historian and Princeton University professor Sean Wilentz and Jeffrey Rosen of the National Constitution Center for a wide-ranging conversation about the constitutional legacy of Lincoln and the address itself.
Fifty years after President John F. Kennedy’s assassination, distinguished presidential historian and bestselling author Robert Dallek provides a striking portrait of the iconic president and his inner circle of advisers.
In conversation with Jeffrey Rosen, David M. Rubenstein discusses the relationship between the Declaration of Independence, the U.S. Constitution, and the Bill of Rights, telling the story of how one landmark document led to the next in the context of the evolving story of America’s battle for freedom.
Join Jeffrey Rosen for a conversation with George Washington University's Neil H. Buchanan and Princeton University's Sean Wilentz to discuss the constitutional issues raised by the debt ceiling and budget shutdown.
Acclaimed lecturers of Jewish ethics Rabbi Mordechai Becher and Rabbi Shlomo Yaffe and National Constitution Center President and CEO Jeffrey Rosen examine the boundaries between public safety and personal privacy by comparing Judaic law and U.S. constitutional law.
James R. Jones and David R. Irvine, from The Constitution Project’s bipartisan Task Force on Detainee Treatment join National Constitution Center President and CEO Jeffrey Rosen for an in-depth look at America’s pre- and post-9/11 actions.
National Constitution Center’s President and CEO Jeffrey Rosen; Georgetown University Law Professor Carrie F. Cordero, Director of National Security Studies; and Penn Law Professor Claire Finkelstein, Director of the Center for Ethics and the Rule of Law talk about the challenges of ensuring both liberty and security.
Justice Ruth Ginsburg at the National Constitution Center
On the heels of the landmark 2012-2013 session, join Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg—the second woman to serve on the Supreme Court—for a wide-ranging conversation with the National Constitution Center’s new President and CEO Jeffrey Rosen.
In honor of the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg the National Constitution Center presents a conversation with scholars Ted Widmer, Sean Wilentz, Judith Giesberg, and Adam Goodheart of the popular New York Times "Disunion" blog.