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Event reminder: Spending, public debt, and constitutional design

Monday, September 10th, 2012

This Thursday, September 13, at 5:00 PM, the Program on American Citizenship will celebrate the 225th anniversary of the signing of the United States Constitution Constitution Day on September 17 with the first annual Walter Berns Constitution Day lecture at AEI. At the event, entitled “Spending, Public Debt, and Constitutional Design,” Michael W. McConnell of Stanford Law School will discuss the founders’ ideas about the relation between fiscal policy and constitutional design.

About Michael W. McConnell: Professor McConnell is the Richard & Frances Mallery Professor and director of the Constitutional Law Center at Stanford Law School, as well as senior fellow at the Hoover Institution. Additionally, he is of counsel to the law firm Kirkland & Ellis. Before joining Stanford in 2009, he served as a circuit judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit. He has argued 13 cases in the U.S. Supreme Court, most recently CompuCredit v. Greenwood in 2011. A leading authority on freedom of speech and religion, the relation of individual rights to government structure, constitutional interpretation and various other aspects of constitutional law, he is the author of numerous articles and is the co-author of two casebooks: “The Constitution of the United States” and “Religion and the Constitution.” Since 1996, he has been a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Before his appointment to the bench in 2002, McConnell was Presidential Professor of Law at the S.J. Quinney College of Law at the University of Utah, and, before that, the William B. Graham Professor of Law at the University of Chicago Law School. He has taught six times as a visiting professor at Harvard Law School. He served as assistant general counsel in the Office of Management and Budget and as assistant to the solicitor general in the U.S. Department of Justice under President Reagan. He was also a member of the president’s Intelligence Oversight Board from 1988–1990. He was a law clerk to then chief judge J. Skelly Wright of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia and to Justice William J. Brennan Jr. of the U.S. Supreme Court.

Register for and learn more about the event here.