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Constitution Day lecture | Do We Have a Democracy or a Republic, and Why Does it Matter? Sept. 15

The Menard Family George Washington Forum hosts a Constitution Day lecture — "Do We Have a Democracy or a Republic, and Why Does it Matter?" — on Thursday, Sept. 15, at 7:30 p.m. in Galbreath Chapel on College Green. 


The speaker, Randy E. Barnett, is the Carmack Waterhouse Professor of Legal Theory at the Georgetown University Law Center, where he teaches constitutional law and contracts, and Director of the Georgetown Center for the Constitution.


After graduating from Northwestern University and Harvard Law School, he tried many felony cases as a prosecutor in the Cook County States’ Attorney’s Office in Chicago. The author of 12 books and more than a hundred articles, Barnett most recent authored a book titled The Original Meaning of the Fourteenth Amendment: Its Letter and Spirit (2021) with Evan Bernick. In 2004, he argued the medical marijuana case of Gonzalez v. Raich before the U.S. Supreme Court. In 2012, he was one of the lawyers representing the National Federation of Independent Business in its constitutional challenge to the Affordable Care Act.


All are welcome to attend. 


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