Originalism Works-in-Progress Conference

Originalism Works-in-Progress Conference

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Date and Time

Friday, February 5, 2010 at 4:00 p.m. — Saturday, February 6, 2010 at 4:00 p.m.


Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace & Justice, Rooms H & I

5998 Alcala Park San Diego, CA 92110




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Event Times

Friday, February 5, 2010
2:30 – 5:30 p.m.

Saturday, February 6, 2010
9:30 a.m. – 5:45p.m.


Sponsored by the Center for the Study of Constitutional Originalism, the conference will involve the presentation of a variety of new works concerning originalism. All scholars who write about originalism are invited to attend and there will be substantial opportunities for audience commentary and participation.

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Distinguished Guests

The distinguished lineup of legal authors and commentators includes:
Jack Balkin (Yale University)
, "Why Original Meaning?"
Commentator: Thomas Merrill (Columbia University and Yale University)
Moderator: Yale Kamisar (University of San Diego)

Randy Barnett (Georgetown University), "Whence Comes Section One? The Abolitionist Origins of the Fourteenth Amendment"
Commentator: Michael Kent Curtis (Wake Forest University)
Moderator: Miranda McGowan (University of San Diego)

Garrett Epps (University of Baltimore), "The Citizenship Clause: A Legislative History"
Commentator: Michael Ramsey (University of San Diego)
Moderator: Steve Smith (University of San Diego)

Jim Fleming (Boston University), "Are We All Originalists Now? I Hope Not!"
Commentator: Keith Whittington (Princeton University)
Moderator: Michael Rappaport (University of San Diego)

Kurt Lash (Loyola Law School and University of Illinois), "The Origins of the Privileges or Immunities Clause, Part I: 'Privileges and Immunities' as an Antebellum Term of Art"
Commentator: John Harrison (University of Virginia)
Moderator: Donald Dripps (University of San Diego)

Thomas H. Lee (Fordham University), "Originalism and the Foreign Affairs Constitution"
Commentator: Jack Rakove (Stanford University)
Moderator: Maimon Schwarzschild (University of San Diego)

Lawrence B. Solum (University of Illinois), "The Interpretation – Construction Distinction"
Commentator: Larry Alexander (University of San Diego)
Moderator: Laurence Claus (University of San Diego)

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Location & Directions

Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace & Justice
Peace & Justice Theatre
University of San Diego
5998 Alcala Park, San Diego CA 92110

From the North From the South From the East
> Use I-5 South
> Exit Sea World Dr. &
    Tecolote Rd.
> Proceed left at stoplight
    toward Morena Blvd.
> Turn right on Morena Blvd.
> Left on Napa
> Left on Linda Vista Rd.
> Turn left on Marian Way
    for West Entrance
    to campus
> Use I-5 North
> Exit Morena Blvd.
    (signs will say: Morena
    Blvd. use I-8 East)
> Stay to the right and follow
    signs for Morena Blvd.
> Take the first right onto
    Linda Vista Rd.
> Turn left on Marian Way
    for West Entrance
    to campus
> Use I-8 West
> Exit at Morena Blvd.
> Go right onto
    Linda Vista Rd.
> Turn left on Marian Way
    for West Entrance
    to campus

From all directions, once you enter the west entrance, stop by the parking kiosk for a complimentary visitor permit, then:

  • Proceed up the hill to the Institute for Peace & Justice, which will be the first building on your right side (across from Mother Rosalie Hill Hall)
  • Then make a right on Camino Way (first 4-way stop).
  • Turn right in the first driveway for parking.
  • After you park, go to the 1st floor.
  • The Peace & Justic Theatre is at the front of the institute.
  • Campus Map. Look for building #12 on the map.

Mass Transit
For attendees wishing to use mass transit, please be advised that schedules and services are limited; consulting schedules in advance is highly recommended. The most convenient hub is the Old Town Transit Center, which is served by bus, the San Diego Trolley, and the Coaster commuter train. The Old Town station is served by USD shuttle buses.
Click here for USD shuttle bus information.
Click here for Old Town Transit Center information

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Event Organizers

Professor Michael D. Ramsey – University of San Diego School of Law
Professor Michael B. Rappaport – University of San Diego School of Law

Event Support

This conference has been generously supported by the Hugh and Hazel Darling Foundation.

About the Center for the Study of Constitutional Originalism

Originalism is the view that the Constitution has a fixed and knowable meaning established at the time of its enactment. The Center for the Study of Constitutional Originalism at the University of San Diego School of Law has as its mission the study of all aspects of originalism. In particular, the Center studies arguments for and against the originalist theory of interpretation, the variety of specific originalist interpretive methods, and the original meaning of particular constitutional provisions. For more information about the Center, visist the CSCO Web site.

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Phone: (619) 260-4527

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Warren Hall, Room 201
5998 Alcalá Park
San Diego, CA 92110