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 Spring 2015 - Fall 2015

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Melanie M. Marlowe
Visiting Scholar

Melanie M. Marlowe writes on American politics, with a special focus on the presidency and the Constitution. She edited, with Carol McNamara, The Obama Presidency in the Constitutional Order, and contributed chapters on President Obama's exercise of general constitutional powers and his view of his Commander-in-Chief powers to that volume. In addition to other publications on the Obama presidency specifically, she has published on the executive's role in the administrative state. 

A native of Idaho, she received her B.A. in political science from Utah State University and an M.A. from Claremont Graduate University, where she is completing a dissertation on executive war powers.  She is a lecturer at Miami University (Ohio), where she teaches constitutional law, civil liberties law, and seminars or liberty in the American regime. She is a coordinator with the Thomas W. Smith Project on Liberty, Democracy, and Citizenship. She was a Congressional Fellow with the American Political Science Association in 2012-2013, during which time she studied congressional oversight of the executive branch. She was a Jack Miller Center Academic Fellow and a Lehrman American Studies Fellow at Princeton.

 Fall 2015

Professor John Stinneford

John Stinneford
Visiting Scholar

Profoessor Stinneford joins the Georgetown Center for the Constitution from the University of Florida Levin College of Law where he teaches and writes about criminal law, criminal procedure, and constitutional law, with a particular focus on the original meaning of the Cruel and Unusual Punishments Clause. His work has been published in a variety of scholarly journals, including the Virginia Law Review, the Northwestern University Law Review, the William &Mary Law Review. He has won several national awards for his writing, and has been cited by United States Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens (Ret.), state and federal courts, and numerous scholars. 

Before joining the Florida faculty in 2009, Professor Stinneford clerked for the Hon. James Moran of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney, and practiced law with Winston & Strawn in Chicago. Professor Stinneford teaches first-year courses in criminal law and constitutional law, and upper-level courses in criminal procedure, federal criminal law, and Law & Literature. He has twice been voted faculty graduation speaker by the third-year class at Florida and has twice been a finalist for Professor of the Year.

Professor Lee Strang

Lee J. Strang
Visiting Scholar

Professor Strang joins Georgetown University Law Center from The University of Toledo College of Law, where he joined the faculty in 2008, was granted tenure in 2010, and was named Director of Faculty Research in 2014. In 2015, Professor Strang was named the John W. Stoepler Professor of Law & Values. Previously, he was a visiting Professor at Michigan State University College of Law and an Associate Professor at Ave Maria School of Law. A graduate of the University of Iowa, where he was Articles Editor of the Iowa Law Review and Order of the Coif, Professor Strang also holds an LL.M. degree from Harvard Law School.

Prior to teaching, Professor Strang served as a judicial clerk for Chief Judge Alice M. Batchelder of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. He was also an associate for Jenner & Block LLP in Chicago, where he practiced in general and appellate litigation.

A prolific scholar, Professor Strang has published in the fields of constitutional law and interpretation, property law, and religion and the First Amendment. His most recent article, Originalism and the Aristotelian Tradition: Virtue’s Home in Originalism, was published in the Fordham Law Review. Among other scholarly projects, he is currently editing a case book on constitutional law for LexisNexis, drafting a book tentatively titled Originalism's Promise and Limits, and writing a book on the history of Catholic legal education. 

Professor Strang is a frequent presenter at scholarly conferences. He is also a regular participant in debates at law schools across the country, contributor to the media, and speaker to political, civic, and religious groups. 

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