The Challenge of Natural Law

The Birmingham Lawyers Chapter
Start : Tuesday, March 27, 2012 12:00 PM
End : Tuesday, March 27, 2012 01:30 PM

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The Summit Club
1901 Sixth Avenue North

Featured Speakers:
Hadley P. Arkes



  • Professor Hadley Arkes, Amherst College, and Senior Fellow, Ethics and Public Policy Center

Professor Arkes, one of this era’s foremost proponents of natural‐law jurisprudence, will explore the methodological tensions that can exist among judicial “conservatives.” Modern judicial conservatism is often associated with judicial restraint and a text‐first (or only) approach to judging. Professor Arkes will make the “conservative” case that it is sometimes necessary to move beyond the plain constitutional text and to make the appeal to those first (i.e., natural‐law) principles that lie behind the words – particularly as we try to apply the Constitution to new cases and problems as they arise in modern society.

Registration details:

Cost: $15 for lunch (Please pay at the door and make checks payable to “The Federalist Society”)

RSVP by Friday, March 23, 2011, to Carolyn Adkins at, (205) 521‐8687.

CLE credit has been requested for this event, but has not yet been approved.