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August 20, 2008

Mark Graber Welcomed as 2008-09 Wayne Morse Chair for Law and Politics

Mark Graber, renowned scholar in constitutional law and politics, is visiting Oregon Law as the 2008-09 occupant of the Wayne Morse Chair for Law and Politics. Professor Graber will anchor the center’s second-year look at the theme, “Democracy and Citizenship in the Twenty-first Century.” He is a professor of law and government at the University of Maryland School of Law.

Professor Graber is a graduate of Columbia University Law School and earned a doctorate in political science from Yale University. He is recognized as one of the leading scholars in the country on constitutional law and politics. Professor Graber is the author of Rethinking Abortion (Princeton University Press) and Transforming Free Speech (University of California Press). His most recent book is Dred Scott and the Problem of Constitutional Evil (Cambridge University Press). He has published scores of articles on American constitutional development, civil liberties during war, the first amendment, and the intersection of political and legal questions.

Professor Graber is in residence August through September and teaches Judicial Review and Democracy, which explores the legal, philosophical, historical, and political issues raised by the judicial power to declare laws unconstitutional. Graber will deliver a public address, “Polarization and the Courts,” on September 23 at 7:00 p.m. in the Knight Law Center 175.

The highlight of Graber’s visit is the “West Coast Constitutional Law Schmooze,” which will be held September 12 and 13 at the Knight Law Center. The “schmooze” is an unstructured conference on a general topic in constitutional law that attracts scholars in the law and social sciences. The topic for the schmooze is “Polarization and the Constitution.” Discussion topics may include the definition of polarization, political theories of democracy and polarized processes, the role of election law in polarization, and the role of the courts when the political parties are polarized. 

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