In honor of the 225th Anniversary of our nation's written Constitution, Pepperdine School of Law is pleased to host renowned constitutional scholar Akhil Reed Amar for a discussion of his latest treatise on Constitutional Law, "America's Unwritten Constitution: The Precedents and Principles We Live By". A reception and book signing will follow in the Law School Smith Atrium.
Copies of Professor Amar's book will be available for purchase at the event.
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About the book:
Professor Amar explores the little-understood relationship between the written Constitution and the many external factors that shape our interpretations of this foundational document. Despite their venerated place in American history, the US Constitution and its amendments do not enumerate all of the various rules and rights, principles and procedures that guide America's political system. more...
In "America's Unwritten Constitution", esteemed legal scholar Akhil Reed Amar demonstrates that in order to properly interpret the Constitution, we have to look beyond it: to precedents set by our founding fathers, to common practices an court doctrine, and to sources like the Federalist Papers and Gettysburg Address - documents, symbols, and standards that together form a comprehensive, adaptable, "unwritten" Constitution. In this sequel to "America's Constitution: A Biography", Professor Amar presents a bold new vision of the American constitutional system, showing how the complementary relationship between the Constitution's written and unwritten components is one of America's greatest and most enduring strengths.
About the author:
Akhil Reed Amar is the Sterling Professor of Law and Political Science at Yale University, where he teaches constitutional law at both Yale College and Yale Law School. He also serves as a visiting professor at Pepperdine Law teaching Advanced Constitutional Law: Reading the Constitution.
He received his B.A, summa cum laude, in 1980 from Yale College, and his J.D. in 1984 from Yale Law School, where he served as an editor of The Yale Law Journal. After clerking for Judge Stephen Breyer, U.S. Court of Appeals, 1st Circuit, Professor Amar joined the Yale faculty in 1985. Along with Dean Paul Brest and Professors Sanford Levinson, Jack Balkin, and Reva Siegel, Professor Amar is the co-editor of a leading constitutional law casebook, Processes of Constitutional Decisionmaking. more...