Does the Constitution Have Anything To Do with Constitutional Law?

The Austin Lawyers Chapter


  • Professor Lino Graglia, Dalton Cross Professor of Law at the University of Texas School of Law

Professor Graglia will discuss whether the text of the Constitution has anything to do with judicial interpretation of the Constitution. Professor Graglia will address various doctrines of constitutional law in support of the thesis of his recent publication: “The dispute over methods of constitutional interpretation, however, is based almost entirely on a fiction, because Supreme Court rulings of unconstitutionality rarely, if ever, turn on an issue of interpretation.” Professor Graglia will consider, among other cases, the Supreme Court’s decisions in Marbury v. Madison, Dred Scott v. Sandford, Planned Parenthood of Southeastern Pennsylvania v. Casey, Bolling v. Sharpe, and District of Columbia v. Heller. He will also address multiple doctrines of constitutional law, including the Equal Protection Clause, the Due Process Clause, the Free Speech Clause, the Establishment Clause, incorporation, and the Second Amendment. Professor Graglia will discuss these cases and doctrines while asking whether we still have popular self-government.

Professor Lino Graglia is the A. Dalton Cross Professor of Law at the University of Texas School of Law, where he specializes in Constitutional Law and Antitrust Law. He holds an LLB from Columbia University and a BA from the City College of New York. Professor Graglia has written widely in constitutional law—especially on judicial review, constitutional interpretation, race discrimination, and affirmative action—and also teaches and writes in the area of antitrust.

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