Originalism: A Quarter-Century of Debate

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What did the Constitution mean at the time it was adopted? How should we interpret today the words used by the Founding Fathers? In ORIGINALISM: A QUARTER-CENTURY OF DEBATE, these questions are explained and dissected by the very people who continue to shape the legal structure of our country. Inside you'll find: *A foreword by Justice Antonin Scalia and speeches by former attorney general Edwin Meese III, Justice William Brennan, Judge Robert H. Bork, and President Ronald Reagan *Transcripts from panel ...
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What did the Constitution mean at the time it was adopted? How should we interpret today the words used by the Founding Fathers? In ORIGINALISM: A QUARTER-CENTURY OF DEBATE, these questions are explained and dissected by the very people who continue to shape the legal structure of our country. Inside you'll find: *A foreword by Justice Antonin Scalia and speeches by former attorney general Edwin Meese III, Justice William Brennan, Judge Robert H. Bork, and President Ronald Reagan *Transcripts from panel discussions and debates engaging some of the brightest legal minds of our time in frank, open discussions about the original meaning of the Constitution of the United States and its impact on the rule of law in our country *A debate on the original meaning of the Commerce, Spending, and Necessary and Proper Clauses *Concluding thoughts by Theodore Olson, forty-second solicitor general of the United States and a fellow at both the American College of Trial Lawyers and the American Academy of Appellate Lawyers. ORIGINALISM: A QUARTER-CENTURY OF DEBATE is a lively and fascinating discussion of an issue that has occupied the greatest legal minds in America, and one that continues to elicit strong reactions from both those who support and those who oppose the rule of law. Steven G. Calabresi, co-founder of the Federalist Society and professor of law at Northwestern University School of Law, has compiled an impressive collection of speeches, panel discussions, and debates from some of the greatest and most prominent legal experts of the last twenty-five years.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781596980501
  • Publisher: Regnery Publishing, Inc., An Eagle Publishing Company
  • Publication date: 9/18/2007
  • Pages: 360
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.30 (d)

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STEVEN G. CALABRESI is a co-founder of the Federalist Society, chairman of the Society's Board of Directors, and professor of law at Northwestern University. His published work has appeared in all the major law reviews and addresses such subjects as presidential powers, federalism, the separation of powers, federal jurisdiction, and comparative constitutional law. Professor Calabresi lives in Providence, Rhode Island, with his wife Mimi and their four children.
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Table of Contents


Introduction   Professor Steven G. Calabresi     1
Foreword   Justice Antonin Scalia     43
Part I
Speech by Attorney General Edwin Meese, III, before the American Bar Association     47
Speech by Justice William J. Brennan, Jr., at Georgetown University     55
Speech by Attorney General Edwin Meese, III, before the Federalist Society Lawyers Division     71
Speech by Judge Robert H. Bork at the University of San Diego Law School     83
Speech by President Ronald Reagan at the Swearing in of Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist and Justice Antonin Scalia     95
Speech by Attorney General Edwin Meese, III, at Tulane University, 1986     99
Part II
Panel on Originalism and Unenumerated Constitutional Rights   Professor Suzanna Sherry   Professor Walter Dellinger   Professor John Harrison   Professor Lino Graglia   Judge Michael W. McComell   Diane P. Wood     113
Panel on Originalism and Pragmatism   Dean Larry Kramer   Judge Frank Easterbrook   Professors John O. McGinnis   Michael Rappaport   Professor Jeffrey Rosen   Douglas H. Ginsburg     151
Panel on Originalism and Precedent   Professor Steven G. Calabresi   Professor Akhil Reed Amar   Professor DavidStrauss   Professor Thomas W. Merrill   Justice Stephen J. Markman   Steven G. Calabresi     199
Debate on the Original Meaning of the Commerce, Spending, and Necessary and Proper Clauses   Professor Michael Stokes Paulsen   Professor Randy E. Barnett   Barrington D. Parker, Jr.     253
Debate on Radicals in Robes   Professor Cass Sunstein   Mr. Charles J. Cooper   Steven G. Calabresi     287
Speech to the 2005 Federalist Society Lawyers Division   Edwin Meese, III     317
Concluding Thoughts   Mr. Theodore B. Olson     333
List of Contributors     337
Acknowledgments     339
Notes     341
Index     347
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