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The Constitution and the Unitary and/or Imperial Presidency

Date: September 18, 2006 PDT Location: Council Chamber, Templeton Campus Center

Council Chamber, Templeton Campus Center

From warrantless wiretapping to the incarceration without trials of alleged terrorists, from promotion of the so-called “unitary executive” to signing statements claiming the power to ignore statutory provisions, the presidency of George W. Bush has been characterized by extreme assertions of executive authority. Some have suggested that the administration has gone so far as to undermine the basic separation of powers protections against tyranny.

A panel of constitutional law experts from the College and the Law School will assess these suggestions and discuss the past history of presidential exercises of claimed inherent presidential authority as well as some of the particular activities of the current administration.

The panel will consist of Robert Eisinger, Associate Professor of Political Science; William Funk, Professor of Law; Susan Mandiberg, Professor of Law; and John Parry, Professor of Law. Professor James Huffman, former dean of the law school, will moderate the panel.

All members of the Lewis & Clark College community are invited to join us for this lively Constitution Day discussion. Bring a brown bag.

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