February 18, 2013

Constitutional Law Scholar Speaks at UNO

ChemerinskyErwin Chemerinsky, dean of the University of California, Irvine School of Law

The University of New Orleans hosts this week one of the nation’s top constitutional law scholars for a talk on the Supreme Court and evolving stances on affirmative action and marriage equality.

Erwin Chemerinsky, dean of the University of California, Irvine School of Law, will give his talk: "An Amazing Year at the Supreme Court: Affirmative Action and Marriage Equality" at 5:30 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 22, in Room 236 of the University’s Liberal Arts Building on campus, 2000 Lakeshore Drive, New Orleans, LA 70122. All are invited to attend this free event.

Chemerinsky, an American lawyer and law professor, is a prominent scholar in United States constitutional law and federal civil procedure, said UNO Assistant Professor of Philosophy Chris Surprenant. His books are used in the constitutional law classes of numerous leading law schools.

Chemerinsky taught for more than 20 years at the University of Southern California Law School and at DePaul University College of Law before moving to Duke University on July 1, 2004, and then UC Irvine in July 2008. He has published six books and numerous articles and publishes a regular column on the United States Supreme Court that is carried by California Lawyer, the Los Angeles Daily Journal, and Trial Magazine.

Chemerinsky has argued several cases before the United States Supreme Court, including Scheidler v. National Organization of Women (NOW), Tory v. Cochran, Van Orden v. Perry and Lockyer v. Andrade. The high profile cases challenged interpretations of the federal Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO), as well as libel and invasion of privacy laws; addressed whether religious language can be placed on national monuments; and questioned whether a three-strikes law in California was cruel and unusual and punishment.

In March 2011, The National Jurist: The Magazine for Law Students named Chemerinsky one of the "23 Law Profs to Take Before You Die".

Chemerinksy’s lecture at UNO on Friday is part of the Alexander de Tocqueville Project and UNO's Lectures on Liberty series, a new lecture series on moral and political thought.

For more information about the Tocqueville Project, visit www.tocquevilleproject.org or email tocqueville@uno.edu.