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The Center commemorated 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 (1868) during its Fifth Annual Chase Faculty Colloquium at Georgetown Law on Saturday, December 1, 2018.

The colloquium consisted of four sessions discussing papers about substantive and interpretive issues raised by Constitutional Limitations by the following scholars:

  • Joseph Postell (Colorado) on the “reasonable regulation” of liberty from the founding to the 14th Amendment
  • Tara Helfman (Syracuse) on “Laissez-Faire constitutionalism”
  • Greg Klass (Georgetown) on the “interpretation-construction distinction” in private law
  • Larry Solum (Georgetown) on originalism and and the “interpretation-construction distinction” in public law.