Debate: The True Extent of Executive Power - Philadelphia

Philadelphia Lawyers Chapter - Online Event


Please join the Philadelphia Lawyers Chapter as two of the nation’s leading scholars of presidential power — and former office mates — debate whether Trump’s aggressive fight for presidential power goes beyond the Founders’ original designs.  In his new book, Defender in Chief (St. Martin’s 2020), John Yoo argues that Trump — despite his populism — has become more often the defender rather than the opponent of the original Constitution.  In The Living Presidency (Harvard 2020), Sai Prakash counters that Trump, like many modern Presidents, has violated the Constitution’s grant of executive power.


  • Prof. Saikrishna B. Prakash, James Monroe Distinguished Professor of Law and Paul G. Mahoney Research Professor of Law, University of Virginia School of Law
  • Prof. John C. Yoo, Emanuel S. Heller Professor of Law; Co-Faculty Director, Korea Law Center; and Director, Public Law & Policy Program, UC Berkeley School of Law
  • Moderator: Dean Reuter - General Counsel | Vice President & Director, Practice Groups, The Federalist Society for Law and Public Policy Studies


  • $15 - CLE Credit 
  • Free - No CLE Credit 

Please register at the link above. Zoom details will be provided the day before the event.

Please note that CLE credit is only being offered for PA.