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A Conversation to Celebrate Professor David Cole’s Engines of Liberty — The Power of Citizen Activists to Make Constitutional Law

April 4, 2016 —

WHAT: 

A Conversation to Celebrate Professor David Cole’s Engines of Liberty — The Power of Citizen Activists to Make Constitutional Law

WHEN:

Thursday, April 7

5:30 p.m.

WHERE:

Georgetown University Law Center

Gewirz Student Center, 12th Floor

120 F Street, N.W.

Washington, D.C., 20001

NOTE:

How did marriage equality go from unthinkable to inevitable? How did the right to bear arms, dismissed as a fraud by Warren Burger in 1991, become a constitutional right in 2008? What caused President Bush to curtail his most aggressive counterterror measures after 9/11? And what should we expect from a post-Scalia Supreme Court? While the media, the academy and the public focus their attention on the Supreme Court’s role in interpreting and enforcing constitutional law, Professor David Cole argues that this misses a critical part of the picture. It’s not the decisions of justices that drive constitutional change, he maintains, but the efforts of ordinary citizens, working together, and operating outside of the federal courts. 

This is the central theme of the new book Engines of Liberty — The Power of Citizen Activists to Make Constitutional Law (Basic Books). Cole, the Hon. George J. Mitchell Professor in Law and Public Policy at Georgetown Law, is an award-winning author, scholar, and constitutional lawyer. To celebrate the publication of Engines of Liberty, Cole will discuss the questions above, among others, in conversation with Stephen Halbrook (L’78), the nation’s leading gun rights lawyer and scholar, and Georgetown Law Professor Nan Hunter (L’75), former director of the ACLU Lesbian & Gay Rights Project.

More information on the book is available here.

A live webcast will be available here.

Media interested in attending should contact mediarelations@law.georgetown.edu

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