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Oct 05

The Originalism Revolution Turns 30: Evaluating Its Impact and Future Influence on the Law

This October marks the 30th anniversary of then-Attorney General Ed Meese’s speech on “The Law of the Constitution,” which was part of a series of speeches advancing a jurisprudence of originalism. Champions of originalism, including Meese, Clarence Thomas, Robert Bork, and Antonin Scalia, who believed that the Constitution and laws should be interpreted based on their actual text and original public meaning, brought about a revolution in constitutional interpretation. How did originalism come to be a cornerstone of the Reagan Administration’s judicial philosophy? How has the originalism revolution influenced the course of the law over the last three decades, and will it continue to do so in the future? Please join us as our experts explore these issues.

More About the Speakers

Edwin Meese III
Ronald Reagan Distinguished Fellow Emeritus, The Heritage Foundation

The Honorable William H. Pryor
Judge, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit

Followed by a Panel Discussion with
Michael Carvin
Partner, Jones Day

Todd Gaziano
Executive Director, Pacific Legal Foundation’s DC Center

Hosted By

John Malcolm John Malcolm

Director, Edwin Meese III Center for Legal and Judicial Studies, and the Ed Gilbertson and Sherry Lindberg Gilbertson Senior Legal Fellow Read More