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John W. Pope Lecture Series presents Legal Scholar Randy E. Barnett

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March 27, 2017 | 7:30 pm - 8:45 pm

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Randy E. Barnett, Carmack Waterhouse Professor of Legal Theory at the Georgetown University Law Center

The annual John W. Pope Lecture Series presents Randy E. Barnett, one of the nation’s leading legal scholars, who will be discussing his latest book, “Our Republican Constitution: Securing the Liberty and Sovereignty of We the People,” published in 2016.

In this book, Barnett provides a concise history of the long struggle between two fundamentally opposing constitutional traditions, based on two competing notions of the meaning of the opening words of the U.S. Constitution of the United States: “We the People.”

A reception with the speaker will follow the presentation.

About the speaker

Randy Barnett is the Carmack Waterhouse Professor of Legal Theory at the Georgetown University Law Center, where he teaches constitutional law and contracts, and is director of the Georgetown Center for the Constitution. In 2004, he argued the medical marijuana case of Gonzalez v. Raich before the U.S. Supreme Court. In 2012, he was one of the lawyers representing the National Federation of Independent Business in its constitutional challenge to the Affordable Care Act.

After graduating from Northwestern University and Harvard Law School, he prosecuted many cases in the Cook County States’ Attorney’s Office in Chicago. A recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship in Constitutional Studies, Barnett has been a visiting professor at Pennsylvania State University, Northwestern and Harvard Law School. He has published 12 books, more than one hundred articles and reviews, as well as numerous op-eds.

About this Series

This event is open to the public at no charge, and no registration is required. The lecture will be followed by a reception with the speaker.

The John W. Pope Jr. Lecture Series is hosted jointly by NC State University’s College of Humanities and Social Sciences and Poole College of Management to encourage dialogue on topics of political and economic interest. This series is supported by a grant from the John W. Pope Foundation. The grant includes support for Foundations for a Free Society and the Society for Political Science, Economics and Law (SPEL), which provides an intellectual forum for students to discuss public policy, politics, economics and law.


March 27, 2017
7:30 pm - 8:45 pm
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