The Chicago Lawyers Chapter of the Federalist Society
Invites you to:
The Good Constitution
Prof. John O. McGinnis
George C. Dix Professor in Constitutional Law, Northwestern Univ.
Special Guest Moderator/ Commentator
Justice Ann Jorgensen
Illinois Second District Appellate Court
Originalism holds that the U.S. Constitution should be interpreted according to its meaning at the time it was enacted. In their innovative defense of originalism, John McGinnis and Michael Rappaport maintain that the text of the Constitution should be adhered to by the Supreme Court because it was enacted by supermajorities—both its original enactment under Article VII and subsequent Amendments under Article V. A text approved by supermajorities has special value in a democracy because it has unusually wide support and thus tends to maximize the welfare of the greatest number. The authors recognize and respond to many possible objections. Does originalism perpetuate the dead hand of the past? How can following the original meaning be justified, given that African Americans and women were excluded from the enactment of the Constitution in 1787 and many of its subsequent Amendments? What is originalism’s place in interpretation of the Constitution, when after two hundred years there is so much non-originalist precedent? Come join us for a fascinating discussion.
Wednesday, October 30, 2013
11:30 a.m. Reception
12:00 noon – lunch/presentation
$30 Early Bird ($25 for students), $40 after 9/2/2013
(Membership has its privileges: $35 at the door
with current Federalist Society membership card or Student I.D. in hand)
Petterino’s Banquet Facility (Lower Level)
150 N DEARBORN ST., CHICAGO, IL 60601
Corner of Dearborn & Randolph: Banquets entrance on Randolph.
To Register/Pre-pay, RSVP before 5 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 27, 2013
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Chicago Federalist Society
The Federalist Society for Law and Public Policy Studies is a group of conservatives and libertarians interested in the current state of the legal order. It is founded on the principles that the state exists to preserve freedom, that the separation of governmental powers is central to our Constitution, and that it is emphatically the province and duty of the judiciary to say what the law is, not what it should be. The Society seeks both to promote an awareness of these principles and to further their application through its activities. This entails reordering priorities within the legal system to place a premium on individual liberty, traditional values, and the rule of law. It also requires restoring the recognition of the importance of these norms among lawyers, judges, law students and professors. In working to achieve these goals, the Society has created a conservative and libertarian intellectual network that extends to all levels of the legal community. The Society takes no set position on legal issues, but promotes debate on a variety of historical, current, and developing topics - confident that the truth will out, and it will triumph if men and women of integrity act in accordance therewith.