USD School of Law Professor Michael Ramsey Quoted by The New York Times

Professor Ramsey Quoted by The New York Times

Professor Michael Ramsey

SAN DIEGO (September 12, 2018) – University of San Diego (USD) School of Law Professor Michael Ramsey was quoted in a New York Times article published September 10, 2018, titled, “Does Originalism Matter Anymore?” The article, an op-ed by Georgia State Law Professor Eric Segall, begins by asking whether Judge Brett Kavanaugh can be considered an originalist, but continues to analyze the meaning of originalism and how it has been involved in the interpretation of recent cases. From a law that prohibits wearing political apparel in voting places, to a court decision to “strike down 23 state laws that required nonunion public sector employees to pay union fees if they were covered by collective bargaining agreements negotiated by the union,” originalism cannot be related to many recent decisions by the Court.

The article described Professor Ramsey as a “prominent originalist” and quoted him on the union dues decision, “I do not see the originalist argument for the challengers in this case.” The article states that, when the First Amendment was created, it was most likely not a topic of consideration whether public sector unions could charge nonmember agency fees. When it comes to the decision to strike down the 23 state laws, “neither free speech principles nor prior case law supported the justices’ decision to overrule the policy judgments of almost half the states on how to regulate public sector unions.”

Click here to read the full article by Eric J. Segall

About the University of San Diego School of Law

Recognized for the excellence of its faculty, curriculum and clinical programs, the University of San Diego (USD) School of Law educates approximately 800 Juris Doctor and graduate law students from throughout the United States and around the world. The law school is best known for its offerings in the areas of business and corporate law, constitutional law, intellectual property, international and comparative law, public interest and taxation.

USD School of Law is one of the 84 law schools elected to the Order of the Coif, a national honor society for law school graduates. The law school's faculty is a strong group of outstanding scholars and teachers with national and international reputations and currently ranks 35th nationally and 6th on the West Coast among U.S. law faculties in scholarly impact and 20th nationally and 4th on the West Coast in past-year faculty downloads on the Social Sciences Research Network (SSRN). The school is accredited by the American Bar Association and is a member of the Association of American Law Schools. Founded in 1954, the law school is part of the University of San Diego, a private, independent, Roman Catholic university chartered in 1949.


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