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Join Us for Constitution Day 2022 – The Hughes Court: From Progressivism to Pluralism, 1930 to 1941

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We hope you can join us in-person or online for our annual Constitution Day event on September 14 at 3pm EDT in the Library’s Jefferson Building, room LJ119. This event will feature Harvard Law School William Nelson Cromwell Professor of Law emeritus Mark Tushnet in an interview with University of Virginia School of Law Dean Risa Goluboff.

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Professor Tushnet and Dean Goluboff will discuss Professor Tushnet’s book on the Hughes-era United States Supreme Court, The Hughes Court: From Progressivism to Pluralism, 1930 to 1941. Professor Tushnet’s book is part of the Holmes Devise series of books that are funded by a gift from the late Associate Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes that describe the history of the United States Supreme Court.

The event will also feature opening remarks by Law Librarian of Congress Aslihan Bulut and closing remarks from Jeanne Dennis, senior counsel, Legal Programs and Initiatives, of the American Law Division of the Congressional Research Service. Jeanne will provide an update on the Constitution Annotated, a site that provides summaries of U.S. constitutional provisions and the leading U.S. Supreme Court decisions that have interpreted them. We hope you can join us.

About the Presenters:

Professor Mark Tushnet

This is a photo of Professor Mark Tushnet
Professor Mark Tushnet. Photo courtesy of Professor Tushnet.

Mark Tushnet is the William Nelson Cromwell Professor of Law Emeritus at Harvard Law School. He received his undergraduate degree magna cum laude from Harvard College in 1967. He received a J.D. and M.A. in history from Yale University in 1971. He clerked for Judge George Edwards and Justice Thurgood Marshall before beginning to teach at the University of Wisconsin Law School in 1973. In 1981 he moved to the Georgetown University Law Center, and in 2006 to Harvard Law School. He has been a visiting professor at the University of Texas, University of Southern California, University of Chicago, Columbia University, New York University, and Harvard law schools.

Professor Tushnet is the co-author of four casebooks, including a casebook on constitutional law, Constitutional Law (with Stone, Seidman, and Sunstein). He has written more than a dozen books, including a two-volume work on the life of Justice Thurgood Marshall, A Court Divided: The Rehnquist Court and the Future of Constitutional Law, Weak Courts, Strong Rights: Judicial Review and Social Welfare Rights in Comparative Constitutional Law, Why the Constitution Matters, Advanced Introduction to Comparative Constitutional Law, and Advanced Introduction to Freedom of Expression, and edited eight others. He has received fellowships from the Rockefeller Humanities Program, the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, and the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, and has written numerous articles on constitutional law and legal history. He was President of the Association of American Law Schools in 2003. In 2002, he was elected a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Dean Risa Goluboff

A photo of Dean Risa Goluboff
Dean Risa Goluboff. Photo courtesy of Dean Goluboff.

Risa Goluboff is the 12th, and the first female, dean of the University of Virginia School of Law. She is a nationally renowned legal historian whose scholarship and teaching focus on American constitutional and civil rights law, and especially their historical development in the 20th century.

Goluboff is the author of two books: The Lost Promise of Civil Rights and Vagrant Nation: Police Power, Constitutional Change, and the Making of the 1960s, which was supported by a 2009 John Simon Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship in Constitutional Studies and a 2012 Frederick Burkhardt Residential Fellowship from the American Council of Learned Societies.

She is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the American Law Institute. In 2008, she received the Law School’s Carl McFarland Award for excellence in faculty scholarship, and in 2011 the University of Virginia’s All-University Teaching Award. Goluboff also holds appointments as professor of history in the Corcoran Department of History, faculty affiliate at the Carter G. Woodson Institute for African-American and African Studies, and faculty senior fellow at the Miller Center.

Prior to joining the Law School in 2002, Goluboff clerked for Judge Guido Calabresi of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit and Justice Stephen Breyer of the U.S. Supreme Court.

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