Do the Courts Subvert the Constitution?

The Austin Lawyers Chapter
Start : Monday, January 30, 2012 11:30 AM
End : Monday, January 30, 2012 01:00 PM

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Sullivan’s Steakhouse
300 Colorado Street
Austin, TX

Featured Speakers:
Robert A. Levy



  • Robert Levy, Chairman of the Board of Directors, Cato Institute

Bob Levy is chairman of the board of directors at Cato Institute, and also sits on boards for the Institute for Justice, the Federalist Society, and George Mason law school. After receiving his Ph.D. in business from American University in 1996, he founded CDA Investment Technologies, a major provider of investment and software. After leaving CDA in 1991, Bob received his J.D. from George Mason University School of Law, where he graduated as valedictorian before clerking for Judge Royce Lamberth on the U.S. District Court and Judge Douglas Ginsburg on the U.S. Court of Appeals. Mr. Levy’s writing has appeared in multiple newspapers and journals, including the New York Times, and he is the author of The Dirty Dozen: How Twelve Supreme Court Cases radically Expanded Government and Eroded Freedom.

Mr. Levy will be discussing a variety of issues, ranging from the Commerce Clause to rule by administrative agencies—as well as the implications of those issues for today’s public policy debates. He will also explore the two major theories of constitutional interpretation— textualism and the so-called “Living Constitution.” Judges applying the textualist theory of constitutional interpretation generally hold the view that they should adhere to the ordinary meaning of the document’s actual words. It is often associated with originalism, which seeks in particular to apply meanings of the Constitution’s words as the Framers would have understood them. The contravening Living Constitution approach views the Constitution’s meaning as subject to change with the times, under a theory of dynamic interpretation and taking into account modern-day policy views. In connection with his discussion of the courts’ approaches to constitutional interpretation and related legal issues, Mr. Levy will comment briefly on the related significance and impact of current political movements such as the Tea Party and Occupy Wall Street.

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