Center for the Study of Constitutional Originalism

Originalism is the view that the Constitution should be interpreted in accordance with its original meaning—that is, the meaning it had at the time of its enactment. The Center for the Study of Constitutional Originalism at the University of San Diego School of Law studies all aspects of originalism by holding conferences, hosting speakers, sponsoring fellows, operating a blog, and promoting originalist scholarship. The Annual Hugh & Hazel Darling Originalism Works in Progress Conference, held in February of each year, brings leading originalist scholars throughout the country and the world to San Diego to discuss current originalist issues.

Director

Michael B. Rappaport
Hugh and Hazel Darling Foundation Professor of Law

Faculty Members

Lawrence A. Alexander
Warren Distinguished
Professor of Law

Laurence P. Claus
Herzog Endowed Scholar and 
Professor of Law

Donald A. Dripps
Warren Distinguished 
Professor of Law

Michael D. Ramsey
University Professor and 
Professor of Law

Steven D. Smith
Warren Distinguished 
Professor of Law

Contact:

Center for the Study of Constitutional Originalism
Guadalupe Hall, Room 201
Phone: (619) 260-4097