The Department of Political Science at Amherst College presents: "What Is a Constitutional Crisis (and Are We in One)?"
This event is free and open to the public.
Stephen Vladeck '01 will give a talk about how the first 10 months of the Trump presidency have not only raised a litany of novel and important legal and constitutional questions about presidential power, presidential privileges and immunities, the separation of powers, and individual rights, but have also rekindled a deeper inquiry into the difference between political and legal crises. Are current events just another byproduct of the contemporary age of American politics, or is there something qualitatively different about the issues we’re debating today-- and the role that the various institutions of American government have been and are playing in shaping and settling those debates? When does a system like ours reach a point of “constitutional crisis” that might justify resorting to extreme measures-- and are we there now?
Steve Vladeck ’01 (@steve_vladeck) is a professor of law at the University of Texas School of Law. His teaching and research focus on federal jurisdiction, constitutional law and national security law. A nationally recognized expert on the role of the federal courts in the war on terrorism, Vladeck is a prolific, widely cited and award-winning scholar, is CNN’s Supreme Court analyst, and is co-author of the leading law school casebooks in national security law and counterterrorism law. He is an elected member of the American Law Institute, a senior editor of the peer-reviewed Journal of National Security Law and Policy, co-editor in-chief of the Just Security blog, a senior contributor to the Lawfare blog and co-host of the popular National Security Law Podcast. A 2004 graduate of Yale Law School, Vladeck clerked after law school for the Honorable Marsha S. Berzon on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and the Honorable Rosemary Barkett on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit. He earned a B.A. from Amherst College summa cum laude with highest distinction in history and mathematics, and wrote his senior thesis on “Leipzig's Shadow: The War Crimes Trials of the First World War and Their Implications from Nuremberg to the Present.”
This event is sponsored by the Lamont Fund and the Political Science Department of Amherst College.