Harvard’s Richard Fallon to speak at Constitution Day

August 21, 2012

PORTLAND, Maine – Prof. Richard Fallon, one of the nation’s leading scholars and teachers in constitutional law, will give a lecture at the University of Maine School of Law on Sept. 17, for the school’s annual recognition of Constitution Day.

Fallon is the Ralph S. Tyler, Jr. Professor of Constitutional Law at Harvard Law School, where he has taught since 1982.

Fallon will explore one of our country’s most challenging balancing acts: How can we adapt the Constitution to meet the needs of the 21st century, while remaining true to the original document, most of which was written more than 200 years ago?

The lecture will be held from 12:10 p.m. to 1:10 p.m. in the Moot Court Room at the Law School, 246 Deering Ave. in Portland. The event is free and open to the public.

Fallon is a graduate of Yale University and Yale Law School. He earned a BA degree in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics from Oxford University, which he attended as a Rhodes Scholar. Before entering teaching, Fallon served as a law clerk to Judge J. Skelly Wright of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit and to Justice Lewis F. Powell of the United States Supreme Court.

Fallon’s books about Constitutional law and federal courts law include The Dynamic Constitution (Cambridge University Press, 2004) and Implementing the Constitution (Harvard University Press, 2001).

Here is a full description of Fallon’s upcoming presentation, provided by Harvard Law:

“Many Americans might be shocked to learn that the Constitution of the United States has ceased to be the leading model for constitution-writers in other countries. In discussing this development, Harvard Law Professor Richard Fallon rejects the hypothesis that our Constitution, which was mostly written in the eighteenth century, leaves us stuck with the equivalent of constitutionalism 1.0, while other nations have achieved the sophisticated functionality of constitutionalism 2.0. But Professor Fallon also identifies a tension between the interpretive adaptations that have been needed to keep our Constitution workable in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries and familiar ideals of ‘the rule of law.’ Going forward, he argues, the greatest challenge for American constitutionalism is to manage the tension between interpretive adaptability and fidelity to the Constitution as written.”


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