Geoffrey Stone and David Strauss - "Democracy and Equality"

Monday, March 2, 2020 - 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Event Presenter/Author: 
Geoffrey Stone and David Strauss

Geoffrey Stone and David Strauss discuss Democracy and Equality: The Enduring Constitutional Vision of the Warren Court. A Q&A and signing will follow the discussion.

At the Co-op

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About the book: From 1953 to 1969, the Supreme Court under Chief Justice Earl Warren brought about many of the proudest achievements of American constitutional law. The Warren Court declared racial segregation and laws forbidding interracial marriage to be unconstitutional; it expanded the right of citizens to criticize public officials; it held school prayer unconstitutional; and it ruled that people accused of a crime must be given a lawyer even if they can't afford one. Yet, despite those and other achievements, conservative critics, then and now, have accused the justices of the Warren Court of abusing their authority by imposing their own opinions on the nation. As Geoffrey Stone and David Strauss demonstrate in Democracy and Equality, the Warren Court's approach to the Constitution was consistent with the most basic values of our Constitution and with the fundamental responsibilities of the judiciary. Stone and Strauss describe the Warren Court's extraordinary achievements by reviewing its decisions across a range of issues. Each chapter of their book tells the story of a critical decision, exploring the historical and legal context of each case, the Court's reasoning, and how the justices of the Warren Court fulfilled the Court's most important responsibilities. This powerfully argued evaluation of the Warren Court's legacy, in commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the end of the Warren Court, celebrates the Warren Court's achievements and defends the Warren Court against decades of unwarranted attacks by conservatives. Stone and Strauss demonstrate why the Warren Court's important decisions were both legally correct and admirable, and why the approach of the Warren Court was far superior to that of the increasingly conservative justices who have dominated the Supreme Court over the past half-century.

About Geoffrey Stone: Geoffrey R. Stone is the Edward H. Levi Distinguished Service Professor at the University of Chicago. Mr. Stone received his J.D. from the University of Chicago in 1971, where he served as editor-in-chief of the Law Review. After serving as a law clerk to Justice William J. Brennan, Jr. of the Supreme Court of the United States, he joined the faculty of the University of Chicago Law School in 1973. Mr. Stone has served as dean of the University of Chicago Law School (1987-1994) and Provost of the University of Chicago (1994-2002). Mr. Stone is the author or co-author of many books on constitutional law, including The Free Speech Century (2018); Sex and the Constitution (2017); War and Liberty (2007); and Perilous Times (2004). Mr. Stone’s books have received many national awards, including the Robert F. Kennedy Award for the Best Book of the Year, Harvard University’s Award for the Best Book of the Year in Public Affairs, and American Political Science Association’s Award for the Best Book of the Year in Political Science. Mr. Stone is a former chair of the Board of the American Constitution Society, a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and a Member of the American Philosophical Society, the American Law Institute, and the National Advisory Council of the American Civil Liberties Union.

About David Strauss: David A. Strauss is the Gerald Ratner Distinguished Service Professor of Law and the Faculty Director of the Supreme Court and Appellate Clinic at the University of Chicago Law School. He is the author of The Living Constitution (Oxford University Press, 2010) and he has published many scholarly articles, principally on subjects in constitutional law. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and a co-editor of the Supreme Court Review. He has been a visiting professor at Harvard and Georgetown. He has served as Special Counsel to the Senate Judiciary Committee and as an Assistant to the Solicitor General of the United States, and he has argued nineteen cases before the U.S. Supreme Court. He is a graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Law School, and he was a Marshall Scholar at Magdalen College, Oxford. 

Event Location: 
Seminary Co-op Bookstore
5751 S. Woodlawn Ave
Chicago, IL 60637