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The Soho Forum Debate: Randy Barnett vs. Michael Dorf

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Monday, June 11, 2018

Randy Barnett vs. Michael Dorf

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The U..S. Constitution should be interpreted and applied according to ​the original meaning communicated to the public by the words of the text.


For the affirmative:

Randy E. Barnett is the Carmack Waterhouse Professor of Legal Theory at the Georgetown University Law Center and the director of the Georgetown Center for the Constitution.

Barnett's latest book is Our Republican Constitution: Securing the Liberty and Sovereignty of We the People (2016). In 2008 he was awarded a Fellowship in Constitutional Studies by the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation. Barnett's Restoring the Lost Constitution: The Presumption of Liberty was published in 2004. His book The Structure of Liberty won the Ralph Gregory Elliot Book Award in 1998.

After attending Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois, and Harvard Law School in Cambridge, Massachusetts, Barnett worked as a prosecutor in Chicago, Illinois. Barnett's first academic position was at the Chicago-Kent College of Law of the Illinois Institute of Technology. He later became the Austin B. Fletcher Professor of Law at Boston University, where he served as the faculty adviser for the Federalist Society. Barnett is a Senior Fellow of the Cato Institute and the Goldwater Institute. He has been a visiting professor at the University of Pennsylvania, Northwestern University, and Harvard Law School.


For the negative:

Michael C. Dorf is Robert S. Stevens Professor of Law at Cornell University Law School. He has written dozens of scholarly articles on constitutional law, constitutional interpretation, and related subjects. Dorf is the editor, author, or co-author of six books, including On Reading the Constitution (co-author Laurence Tribe, Harvard University Press) and The Oxford Introductions to U.S. Law: Constitutional Law (with Trevor Morrison, Oxford University Press). In addition to his work intended for specialists, he has long sought to explain legal issues to the wider public. Since 2000, Dorf has written a bi-weekly column, currently appearing on Justia’s Verdict. He also posts less formal legal analysis several times per week on his blog, DorfonLaw. Many of his columns and blog posts are republished in Newsweek.

Dorf holds an A.B. in physics from Harvard College and a J.D. from Harvard Law School. After law school, he served as a law clerk for Judge Stephen Reinhardt of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and then for Justice Anthony Kennedy of the Supreme Court of the United States. Before joining the Cornell faculty in 2008, Professor Dorf taught at Rutgers for three years and at Columbia for thirteen years.

Cash bar opens: 5:45pm

Meeting convenes: 6:30pm

Wine-and-cheese Reception: 8:15pm


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