The Supreme Court has recently adopted a jurisprudence giving “history and tradition” a central role in its constitutional decision-making. Cases involving the Second Amendment, affirmative action, redistricting, and Religion Clause now turn on inquiries about British and American history that run as far back as the 14th century. Historians have their own methods for formulating and resolving problems that often diverge from the types of questions that lawyers and judges seek to answer during this new mode of constitutional litigation. As a result, the question of exactly how historians should engage legal issues, and how judges and lawyers should assess and apply historians’ contributions, has become a matter of significant interest and controversy. In this panel, we will discuss the variety of problems these interactions have raised.
WHEN: November 2 | 5:00 PM
WHERE: James R. Browning Courthouse at 95 7th Street, San Francisco
& virtually over Zoom
COST: Attendance is free!
CLE Add-On: $40
MEET OUR PANELISTS
HON. MARSHA BERZON
Senior Judge, Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals
DEAN ERWIN CHEMERINSKY
U.C. Berkeley School of Law
President of the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation; Dean Emeritus of Stanford Law School
Pulitzer Prize-winning author and Stanford Professor Emeritus