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Sep 30

An Imperial Presidency: The Obama Administration and the Rule of Law

The Constitution requires that the President “faithfully” execute the laws. What happens when the President fails in this duty? Time and again, President Obama has pushed the limits of this duty, acting unilaterally to change or ignore the law. He refuses to abide by clear statutory deadlines, waives requirements written into laws, and chooses not to enforce laws against whole categories of offenders. He has not been shy about circumventing Congress and essentially rewriting laws. 

Is this simply business as usual, or are there discernible differences between President Obama’s actions and previous presidents? How might this expansive view of executive power affect the presidency going forward? What does the executive’s duty to “take Care that the laws be faithfully executed” require, and why is it an important feature of the separation of powers? What, if anything, may be done to challenge President Obama’s worst unilateral actions? Join us as our distinguished guests discuss these and many other issues related to President Obama’s failure to faithfully execute the law.

More About the Speakers

Keynote Address by
Honorable Bob Goodlatte (R-VA)
Member, United States House of Representatives 

Followed by a Panel Discussion with
Stuart Gerson
Member, Epstein Becker & Green, P.C., and former Acting Attorney General of the United States 

Nicholas Quinn Rosenkranz
Professor, Georgetown University Law Center

Hosted By

Elizabeth Slattery Elizabeth Slattery

Legal Fellow and Appellate Advocacy Program Manager Read More