Legal scholar: ‘Hydraulic system’ constrains elections, politics

We like to think elections are clear-cut affairs in which the people choose their representatives, but the reality is much more complex, legal scholar Pamela Karlan told an IU Maurer School of Law audience in a Constitution Day lecture today. But in fact, elections are hydraulic systems, she said. Results are “constrained and channeled” like […]

Stanford legal scholar is featured Constitution Day speaker at IU Bloomington

Pamela Karlan, a law professor at Stanford University and part of the legal team that overturned the federal ban on recognizing same-sex marriage in Windsor v. United States, will present a Constitution Day lecture Sept. 19 at the IU Maurer School of Law in Bloomington. Karlan, the Kenneth and Harle Montgomery Professor of Public Interest […]

Constitution Day speaker: Gender matters on the court

Having women on the U.S. Supreme Court – something that never happened until 1981 – has changed the dynamic of court discussions and led justices to start listening to people with experiences different from their own, author and journalist Dahlia Lithwick told an IU Maurer School of Law audience Tuesday. And having three women on […]

Constitution Day celebrates ‘conversation,’ not answers

The U.S. Constitution provides a framework for talking about and resolving serious differences of opinion in a disciplined, thoughtful and nonviolent manner, Duke University law professor H. Jefferson Powell said in a Constitution Day lecture today at IU Bloomington. “It’s a conversation,” he said. “It’s that conversation that we celebrate today.” But the conversation doesn’t […]

Voter ID debate highlights Constitution Day activities

The Supreme Court may have upheld Indiana’s voter identification law, but the fight over access to voting in the U.S. lives on, panelists said at a Constitution Day forum Monday at IU Bloomington. “This is an ongoing struggle,” said Indianapolis attorney Bill Groth, who represented parties that challenged the Indiana law in Crawford v. Marion […]