Annual Hugh & Hazel Darling Foundation Originalism Works-in-Progress Conference

This two-day annual conference, the center's keystone event, invites top legal scholars to USD to present new works concerning Originalism for debate and discussion. The conference is traditionally held in February. Interested members of the public are invited to observe the conference. For a list of past participants and to view past conferences, visit the center's events page. For submission information, visit the center's call for papers.

Hugh & Hazel Darling Foundation Judicial Lecture on Constitutional Originalism

The center welcomed Judge Diarmuid O'Scannlain of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit to serve as distinguished guest speaker for the inaugural Hugh & Hazel Darling Foundation Judicial Lecture on Constitutional Originalism in the fall of 2012. Judge O'Scannlain's lecture, titled "The Role of the Federal Judge in the Constitutional Structure: An Originalist Perspective," addressed the roles of the branches of government in the structure of the Constitution. The center looks forward to welcoming additional jurists to this lecture series to continue to broaden public interest in Originalism.

Guest Lecturers and Summer Fellows

The center welcomes Originalism scholars and summer fellows to the School of Law to present and discuss recent scholarship addressing all aspects of Originalism with faculty, students and interested members of the public. For a list of past speakers and to view past lectures, visit the center's events page. The center also sponsors larger public lectures from time to time, including two past lectures by The Honorable Antonin Scalia, Associate Justice for the U.S. Supreme Court.

Hugh & Hazel Darling Foundation Professorship

This professorship was created for a center faculty member, to support scholarly research on Originalism topics and to sustain the center's programs. The professorship is currently shared by center director Michael B. Rappaport and center member Michael D. Ramsey.