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March 16, 2006

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Elizabeth Hardy, Texas Law Review, (512) 232-1280.

Texas Law Review presents Lawrence Sager and Akhil Amar on the U.S. Constitution, March 20

What: A dialog about the U.S. Constitution with constitutional law scholars Lawrence Sager and Akhil Amar
When: Mon., March 20, at 11 a.m.
Where: Eidman Courtroom, UT Law School
Who: The event is free and open to the public
Additional: The event will be videotaped and linked online

Streaming Video of the Discussion Now Available in Windows Media Format:
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AUSTIN, Texas — The Texas Law Review will present a discussion about the U.S. Constitution with UT Law Professor Lawrence Sager and Yale Law School's Akhil Amar on Monday, March 20, at 11 a.m.

With the death of Justice William Rehnquist and the retirement of Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, the U.S. Supreme Court is in a perfect position to ponder great questions of constitutional interpretation. These two preeminent scholars will discuss their thoughts on the changing ways we think of the U.S. Constitution.

Lawrence Sager, one of the nation's preeminent constitutional theorists and scholars, came to Texas in 2002 from NYU School of Law, where he was the Robert B. McKay Professor and Co-Founder of the Program in Law, Philosophy & Social Theory. Sager’s work, Justice in Plainclothes, argues that “constitutional judges are partners rather than agents” and are expected by the terms of the Constitution to guarantee constitutional justice by doing “much of the heavy normative lifting in the course of bringing detail to the abstract generalities of the liberty-bearing portions of the Constitution.”

Akhil Amar clerked for Justice Steven Breyer and has taught at law schools around the country. In America’s Constitution: a Biography, Amar argues for orginalism but against seeing continuity from the founders' vision to the present. He insists that the Civil War created a dividing line in interpretation and that with the Constitution's failure in 1861, a new interpretation began.

The Texas Law Review is a national and international leader in legal scholarship. It is an independent journal, edited and published entirely by students at The University of Texas School of Law. Texas Law Review is currently the ninth most cited legal periodical in the United States.

Related Links:
Professor Lawrence Sager: http://www.utexas.edu/law/faculty/sagerl/
Professor Akhil Amar: http://www.law.yale.edu/faculty/AAmar.htm
Texas Law Review: http://www.utexas.edu/law/journals/tlr/