On Thursday evening December 5th, 2019, Professor Sanford Levinson will be delivering the sixth annual Salmon P. Chase Distinguished Lecture at the Supreme Court commemorating the 200th Anniversary of McCulloch v. Maryland. Cosponsored by the Supreme Court Historical Society, the lecture will be hosted by a Justice of the Supreme Court. The next day, on Friday, December 6th, we will be holding our sixth annual faculty colloquium at Georgetown Law. The all-day colloquium will focus different aspects of McCulloch. Below is a catalog of all our lecturers and authors.

Sixth Annual Chase Lecture and Faculty Colloquium (2019) Commemorating the 200th anniversary of the Supreme Court’s decision in McCulloch v. Maryland.

  • Sixth Annual Salmon Chase Distinguished Lecturer: Sanford Levinson 

Paper authors

  1. Alison LaCroix (Chicago)
  2. Eric Lomazoff (Villanova)
  3. Farah Peterson (Virginia)
  4. David Schwartz (Wisconsin)
  5. Kevin Walsh (Richmond)

Fifth Annual Chase Lecture and Faculty Colloquium (2018) Commemorating the 150th anniversary of the publication of Thomas Cooley’s Treatise on the Constitutional Limitations which Rest Upon the Legislative Power of the States of the American Union

  • Fifth Annual Salmon Chase Distinguished Lecturer: Charles McCurdy

Paper authors and topics

  1. Tara Helfman (Syracuse): “Laissez-fare Constitutionalism”
  2. Joseph Postell (Colorado): “Reasonable Regulation” of Liberty from the Founding to the 14th Amendment
  3. Lawrence Solum (Georgetown): “Originalism and Interpretation-Construction” Distinction in Public Law
  4. Gregory Klass (Georgetown): “Interpretation-Construction” Distinction in Private Law

Fourth Annual Chase Lecture and Faculty Colloquium (2017) Commemorating the Life and Career of Justice James Wilson

  • Fourth Annual Salmon Chase Distinguished Lecturer: William Ewald

Paper authors and topics

  1. Danielle Allen (Harvard): Wilson as a Drafter of the Declaration of Independence
  2. Michael McConnell (Stanford): Wilson as a Drafter of the Constitution
  3. Eric Nelson (Harvard): Wilson as a Law Professor and Legal Theorist (his Lectures on Law)
  4. Maeva Marcus (GMU): Wilson as a Justice
  5. John Mikhail (Georgetown): Wilson as a Land Speculator

Third Annual Chase Lecture and Faculty Colloquium (2016) Commemorating the 225th Anniversary of the adoption of the Bill of Rights

  • Third Annual Salmon Chase Distinguished Lecturer: Colleen Sheehan

Paper authors and topics

  1. Carol Berkin (CUNY): Paper on the Bill of Rights
  2. Jeff Broadwater (Barton): George Mason, James Madison, and the Evolution of the Bill of Rights
  3. Jud Campbell (Richmond): Judicial Review and the Enumeration of Rights
  4. Michael J. Douma (Georgetown): How the First Ten Amendments became the Bill of Rights
  5. Pauline Maier (MIT): The Strange History of the Bill of Rights

Second Annual Chase Lecture and Faculty Colloquium (2015) Commemorating the 150th Anniversary of the Thirteenth Amendment

  • Second Annual Salmon Chase Distinguished Lecturer: Eric Foner

Paper authors and topics

  1. Pamela Brandwein (Michigan): The Labor Vision of the Thirteen Amendment, Revisited
  2. James Oakes (CUNY): “The Only Effectual Way”: The Congressional Origins of the Thirteenth Amendment
  3. Chris Green (Mississippi): Duly Convicted: The Thirteenth Amendment as Procedural Due Process
  4. David Upham (Dallas): The Understanding of “Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude shall exist” Before the Thirteenth Amendment
  5. Rebecca Zietlow (Toledo): James Ashley, The Greatest Strategist of the Thirteenth Amendment
  6. Lea VanderVelde (Iowa): Henry Wilson: Cobbler of the Constitution, Founder of the Thirteenth Amendment

Inaugural Salmon P. Chase Distinguished Lecturer (2014) Commemorating the 150th anniversary of Salmon Chase becoming Chief Justice

  • First Annual Salmon Chase Distinguished Lecturer: James Oakes