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The School of Civic and Economic Thought and Leadership welcomes Michael McConnell to Arizona State University where he will present the 2019 Constitution Day Address.
At the Constitutional Convention, the delegates struggled to create a presidency with sufficient authority to lead the nation, but without creating an elective monarch. This lecture will outline the little-known story of how the framers went about that task, and its implications for today.
Michael W. McConnell is the Richard and Frances Mallery Professor and director of the Constitutional Law Center at Stanford Law School, and a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution. From 2002 to the summer of 2009, he served as a Circuit Judge on the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit. McConnell has held chaired professorships at the University of Chicago and the University of Utah, and visiting professorships at Harvard and NYU. He has published widely in the fields of constitutional law and theory, especially church and state, equal protection and constitutional structure. According to a recent study, his work has been cited in opinions of the Supreme Court second most often of any legal scholar during the past decade. He is co-editor of three books: "Religion and the Law", "Christian Perspectives on Legal Thought" and "The Constitution of the United States". McConnell has argued fifteen cases in the Supreme Court. He is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the 2017 winner of the Rex E. Lee Appellate Advocacy Award, and the recipient of honorary doctorates from Notre Dame University and the Michigan State University College of Law. He served as law clerk to Supreme Court Justice William J. Brennan, Jr. and is Of Counsel to the appellate practice of Kirkland & Ellis.
Admission is free but seating is limited — please RSVP.