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September 10, 2008

Wayne Morse Chair Mark Graber Addresses Crowd in Portland

Wayne Morse Chair of Law and Politics Mark Graber addressed a crowd of more than 30 individuals yesterday at the University of Oregon Portland Center’s White Stag Block Building.

Recognized as one of the leading scholars in the country on constitutional law and politics, Professor Graber’s discussion, “Democracy and the Judicial Branch,” examined how political polarization has led to an increasing tendency in political science to attribute a “democracy deficit” to Congress and other elected bodies. Graber discussed the role of justices and elected officials in today’s democracy in relation to the judicial branch’s past reputation as the “deviant institution” because it often trumped majority will.

Graber is a professor of law and government at the University of Maryland. He 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.

On September 23, Professor Graber will deliver a public address titled “Polarization and the Courts,” at 7:00 p.m. in the Knight Law Center. For additional information on the Wayne Morse Center for Law and Politics, visit http://waynemorsecenter.uoregon.edu/index.html.

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