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Lund discusses court decision, Feb. 7

Constitutional scholar Nelson Lund will discuss the issues surrounding the right to sexual privacy in a lecture titled "Lawrence v. Texas: The Worst Supreme Court Opinion in History?" at 4:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 7, in 104 Computer Science Building.

The decision reversed a two-decades-old ruling that said states could punish homosexuals for what laws had historically called "deviant sex."

Lund, the Patrick Henry Professor of Constitutional Law and Second Amendment at the George Mason University School of Law, has written widely in the field of constitutional law -- including constitutional interpretation, federalism and the separation of powers. He also has published articles on employment discrimination and civil rights, the legal regulation of medical ethics, and the application of economic analysis to legal institutions and legal ethics.

He has served in the U.S. Supreme Court as a law clerk to Justice Sandra Day O'Connor and in the White House as associate counsel to the president from 1989 to 1992.

The lecture, part of the American's Founding and Future series, is sponsored by the James Madison Program in American Ideals and Institutions.

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