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October 17, 2006

Press Contact: Jodi Bart, UT Law Communications, (512) 232-1408,

Professor Sanford Levinson Presents New Book at The Texas Book Festival, Oct. 28

Oxford University Press publishes the book, Our Undemocratic Constitution, this week

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AUSTIN, Texas—Professor Sanford Levinson, who teaches law and government at The University of Texas at Austin, will discuss his newly released book, Our Undemocratic Constitution: Where the Constitution Goes Wrong (And How We the People Can Correct It), at The Texas Book Festival on Saturday, Oct. 28, from 2 p.m. to 2:45 p.m.

Levinson will be introduced by Austin attorney and UT Law alumnus Tim Herman, ’71, the senior partner of Herman Howry & Breen, LLP. The talk will take place in the Texas Capitol Extension, room E2.016. There will be a question and answer period and book signing to follow.

"Sanford Levinson is the most imaginative, innovative and provocative constitutional scholar of our time,” said attorney Walter Dellinger, the Douglas B. Maggs Professor of Law at Duke University and former acting solicitor general of the United States. “His new sharp critique of the Constitution makes for bracing reading and forces us to confront what we really think of the Constitution. Every American needs to read this book and see if he or she agrees with Levinson that it is necessary to abandon the Framer's work and adopt a fundamentally new system of government. This work cannot be ignored,” said Dellinger, who is also head of the Appellate Practice at O'Melveny & Myers.

About the Book

In Our Undemocratic Constitution: Where the Constitution Goes Wrong (And How We the People Can Correct It), Sanford Levinson argues that too many of its provisions promote either unjust or ineffective government. Under the existing blueprint, we can neither rid ourselves of incompetent presidents nor assure continuity of government following catastrophic attacks. Also problematic is the appointment of Supreme Court judges for life. Adding insult to injury, the United States Constitution is the most difficult to amend or update of any constitution currently existing in the world today.

Our Undemocratic Constitution boldly challenges the American people to undertake a long overdue public discussion on how they might best reform this most hallowed document and construct a constitution adequate to our democratic values.

About the Author

Sanford Levinson holds the W. St. John Garwood and W. St. John Garwood, Jr. Centennial Chair in Law at The University of Texas Law School. The author of over 200 articles in professional and more popular journals, his books include Constitutional Faith (1988); Written in Stone (1998); Wrestling With Diversity (2003) and the edited volume, Torture: A Collection (Oxford University Press, 2004). Professor Levinson will be a visiting professor of law at both the Harvard and Yale law schools during the fall of 2006.

Related Links:
About Sanford Levinson:
Our Undemocratic Constitution:
Sanford Levinson on “Our Broken Constitution” in The Los Angeles Times, Oct. 16:
Sanford Levinson Discusses the Flaws in the U.S. Constitution in The Chronicle of Higher Education, Oct. 13:
Sanford Levinson Argues that Presidential Vetoes are Undemocratic in The New Republic, Oct. 9:
Texas Book Festival: