The Upside-Down Constitution: How Progressives and Originalists Are Getting Federalism Wrong, and How To Get It Right

The San Francisco Lawyers Chapter
Start : Thursday, May 17, 2012 05:45 PM
End : Thursday, May 17, 2012 07:30 PM

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Sheppard Mullin
4 Embarcadero Center, 17th Floor
San Francisco

Featured Speakers:
Michael S. Greve



  • Michael S. Greve, John G. Searle Scholar, American Enterprise Institute Author, The Upside-Down Constitution

Join us for an enlightened overview of federalism and the US Constitution. Follow as we chart federalism’s path from its philosophical beginnings through its historic transformation, and reexamine the power it has to reshape our country’s political and economic future. Our special guest is American Enterprise Institute Scholar Michael S. Greve, author of the newly released The Upside-Down Constitution, a provocative legal treatise that dispels much of the conventional wisdom to date on the US Constitution. Greve will describe how and why the original vision of federalism has given way to a system that rewards self-serving interest groups, and offer thoughts on what a new federalism might look like.

Michael S. Greve, John G. Searle Scholar at the American Enterprise Institute, specializes in constitutional law, courts, and business regulation. Mr. Greve also heads the American Enterprise Institute’s Transatlantic Law Forum, and he is the Chairman of the Competitive Enterprise Institute. He is also a frequent contributor to the Liberty Law Blog, and teaches courses at Johns Hopkins University and Boston College. Prior to his engagement at AEI, Mr. Greve founded and co-directed the Center for Individual Rights, a public interest law firm specializing in high-stakes constitutional litigation. He is a graduate of the University of Hamburg, and earned a Ph.D. in Government from Cornell University.

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There is no charge for this event. Refreshments will be served. 1.0 hours of MCLE credit is available.

*Guests arriving at 6 pm or after will have to check in with lobby security, so it is best to arrive before 6 pm.
The substantive portion of the event will start at 6:15 pm.

For drivers, there is some street parking north of Embarcadero Center and meters need only be fed until 6 pm.