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Carmack Waterhouse Professor of Constitutional Law at Georgetown is the featured Amicus Curiae speaker at MU
Seidman describes his talk, On Constitutional Disobedience, as follows:
"More than two centuries after its ratification, most Americans are still infatuated with their Constitution. And yet, despite years of hagiography for the founders and worship of the text that they produced, atheists and agnostics have survived. Throughout our history, many of our most revered political figures have expressed doubts about the Constitution. Constitutional skepticism has been at the heart of some of our most important political battles, and it has preoccupied some of our leading political thinkers. It is as American as apple pie."
Seidman's talk is based on his book of the same title, On Constitutional Disobedience, which was released this year by Oxford University Press.
The Amicus Curiae Lecture Series on Constitutional Democracy is sponsored by Marshall's Simon Perry Center for Constitutional Democracy, and supported by a grant from the West Virginia Humanities Council.
"Professor Seidman is a tremendously distinguished constitutional scholar," said Patricia Proctor, director of the Simon Perry Center for Constitutional Democracy. "He is a graduate of Harvard Law School. Among other accomplishments, he clerked for U.S. Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall, observing the workings of the Supreme Court from the inside while assisting one of the greatest civil rights lawyers in history. Professor Seidman has taught at Georgetown - one of the country's finest law schools - for almost 40 years. His most recent book, On Constitutional Disobedience, has received widespread attention for its controversial ideas; it is also very thought-provoking. We are honored that Professor Seidman has agreed to participate in the lecture series and look forward to welcoming him to Marshall."
In addition to On Constitutional Disobedience, Seidman is the author of Silence and Freedom; Equal Protection of the Law; and Our Unsettled Constitution: A New Defense of Constitutionalism and Judicial Review, and the co-author of five textbooks on Constitutional law.Each lecture in the Amicus Curiae series is approved for one hour of West Virginia Continuing Legal Education credit.