VIRTUAL EVENT: Yoo v. Prakash Debate: The True Extent of Executive Power

Columbus Lawyers Chapter

Please join the Cincinnati, Cleveland, and Columbus Lawyers Chapters as they jointly host two of the nation’s leading scholars of presidential power — who happen to be former officemates — for a timely debate on whether President Trump’s aggressive fight for executive power exceeds the Founders’ designs. In his new book, Defender in Chief (St. Martin’s 2020), John Yoo argues that Trump — despite his populism — is 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. 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
  • Prof. Saikrishna B. Prakash, James Monroe Distinguished Professor of Law, University of Virginia School of Law
  • Robert Alt (Moderator), President and CEO, The Buckeye Institute


Zoom login details will be provided the morning of the event to those who register.

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