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What Would Hamilton Do?
Vaughn Lecture Series


February 28, 2011 5:00pm - 7:00pm

Room Offsite

The lecture will explore Alexander Hamilton's vision for the United States -- its constitutional structure, its finances, its economy, its system of civil liberty -- and the implications for current issues.

Professor Michael W. McConnell, Richard and Frances Mallery Professor of Law and Director, Stanford Constitutional Law Center, is a leading authority on freedom of speech and religion, the relation of individual rights to government structure, originalism, and various other aspects of constitutional history and constitutional law. He is author of numerous articles and co-author of two casebooks: The Constitution of the United States (Foundation Press) and Religion and the Constitution (Aspen). In addition to teaching, he is the director of the Stanford Constitutional Law Center, which was founded in 2006 to explore and improve public understanding of the most pressing constitutional issues.

Professor McConnell brings wide practical experience to bear on his teaching and scholarship. Before joining Stanford in 2009, he served as a federal judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit and was frequently mentioned as a possible nominee to the Supreme Court. He is the only full-time professor of law in the nation who has previously served as a federal judge. He also has been involved in extensive appellate litigation, including arguing 12 cases in the United States Supreme Court, including one case in October Term 2009. Before his appointment to the bench, McConnell was Presidential Professor of Law at the S.J. Quinney College of Law at the University of Utah, and prior to that the William B. Graham Professor of Law at the University of Chicago Law School. He has taught five times as a visiting professor at Harvard Law School. He served as law clerk to then Chief Judge J. Skelly Wright of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, and to Justice William J. Brennan Jr. of the U.S. Supreme Court. McConnell was an assistant general counsel at the Office of Management and Budget and an assistant to the Solicitor General in the Department of Justice under President Ronald Reagan. He is also a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution.

Reception immediately following.

Registration is not required and guests are welcome to attend.

For questions please contact Amy Hilton at Harvard Law School, 617.384.9263 or