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The Living Constitution's Dead Hand
Those who study and think about the Constitution often ask: Why does a document written more than two hundred years ago continue to bind us today? A prominent answer has been that ours is a "living constitution"--one that adapts and changes over time. But does living constitutionalism as practiced by the Supreme Court really solve the problem of the dead hand of the past or might it, at times, risk accentuating that problem?
Please join Stanford Law School and the Stanford Constitutional Law Center for our annual Constitution Day Lecture. Our speaker will be John Manning, renowned legal scholar and Dean of Harvard Law School, who will present a lecture entitled The Living Constitution's Dead Hand. Prof. Manning's lecture will take place from 4:30-5:30pm in Paul Brest Hall, with a reception to follow.