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The Constitution In The Financial Crisis

Publication Date: 
October 19, 2010
Power Line Blog
Paul Mirengoff

Professor and Director of the Constitutional Law Center Michael McConnell is the subject of a recent entry in Power Line Blog. Paul Mirengoff filed the following story on McConnell's upcoming conference on "The Constitution in the Financial Crisis":

Michael McConnell is one of the nation's leading constitutional law scholars, especially on the Free Exercise and Establishment Clauses. Until recently, he was a judge on the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit. In 2005, McConnell was frequently mentioned (including by us) as a possible nominee to the U.S. Supreme Court.

McConnell resigned from the federal bench last year to teach at Stanford law school and to direct its Constitutional Law Center. The Center's goal is to return constitutional law scholarship to the most fundamental questions of consitutional order, especially the allocation and control of governmental power through law. As an alum of the law school, I'm proud that Stanford has become a force for the serious study of the constitution and against the various fads and frivolities that sometimes seem to dominate the field.

Next month, the Center will present a conference on "The Constitution in the Financial Crisis." It will take place on November 11-12.


Several friends of Power Line are among the distinguished participants. They include Todd Zywicki, Kenneth Anderson, John Steele Gordon, and Prof. McConnell himself.

By the way, Prof. McConnell tells me that he is participating in the case of ACLU v. TiZA, where he is representing, pro bono, the parents of the students attending an Islamic charter school. Scott wrote about the case here, taking the side of the ACLU, which contends that the school's operation on public funds is illegal. This is also the position I'd probably take if I knew enough about the facts, and had given the case sufficient thought, to take a position.

Prof. McConnell says he became involved in the litigation for two reasons. First, he believes the litigation is a stalking horse for a broader assault on charter schools that have curricula or requirements that appeal to religious families. Second, he believes that it is important to encourage Muslim Americans to be, and to become, partriotic Americans without thinking they have abandoned their faith. McConnell understands that TiZA is trying to accomplish this.