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Constitutional scholar to speak on 'The New Originalism,' Sept. 19

Fleming, professor of law at Fordham University, will speak Thursday, Sept. 19, about a theory of constitutional interpretation that is the subject of much debate among legal scholars and Supreme Court watchers.

He will discuss "The New Originalism" at 4:30 p.m. in 008 Friend Center. The event will inaugurate this year's Alpheus Mason Lectures in Constitutional Law and Political Thought sponsored by the James Madison Program in American Ideals and Institutions . It will be followed by a reception.

Originalism holds that the proper way to interpret the constitution is to construe its provisions in light of what its framers were trying to achieve. It is an approach that requires legal scholars and judges to have a firm grasp of the contexts in which provisions of the constitution were enacted and of American history generally. Its most prominent proponent is U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia.

Fleming is a co-author with Walter Murphy and Sotorios Barber of the textbook, "American Constitutional Interpretation." A graduate of Harvard Law School, he earned his Ph.D. in politics from Princeton in 1988. His forthcoming book is titled "Securing Constitutional Democracy."

Contact: Marilyn Marks (609) 258-3601

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