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Law & the Courts

Heritage Foundation Debate on Judicial Supremacy

At noon tomorrow (Thursday), I’ll be taking part in a debate at the Heritage Foundation on the proposition “Resolved: Congress and the President are required to obey the Supreme Court’s interpretations of the Constitution.” Roger Pilon of the Cato Institute will defend that proposition, and I will argue against it.

Former Attorney General (and Heritage Foundation’s Ronald Reagan Distinguished Fellow Emeritus) Ed Meese will introduce the event, and Heritage’s Tom Jipping (a frequent blogger here at Bench Memos) will moderate the debate. The event will be live-streamed.

The debate over judicial supremacy is one that does not divide scholars along the usual ideological lines. I have set forth my general views on the topic in my review of the excellent book on the Constitution by law professor Michael Stokes Paulsen and his son Luke (as well as in numerous Bench Memos posts in recent years).

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