Professor Robert P. George to Speak at Baylor Law on the Constitution and Civic Virtue in an Environment of Partisanship and Incivility

September 3, 2019

Professor Robert P. George to Speak at Baylor Law on the Constitution and Civic Virtue in an Environment of Partisanship and Incivility


Professor Robert P. George, the McCormick professor of jurisprudence and director of the James Madison Program in American Ideals and Institutions at Princeton University, will deliver the lecture at the fifth annual John and Marie Chiles 'Starr Federalist Papers Lecture Series,' from 4 to 5pm on September 18, 2019, in the Jim Kronzer Appellate Advocacy Classroom & Courtroom, Room 127, at Baylor Law. Professor George’s lecture, “Restraints on Federal Power: Constitutional Structures and Civic Virtue,” will discuss the foundational elements of the U.S. Constitution, how the Founders intended to keep the federal government’s power in check, and how civil discourse and civic virtue should apply in today’s highly fractured, hyper-partisan, society.

In addition to his academic achievements, Dr. George has served as chairman of the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom. He also served on the President’s Council on Bioethics, as a presidential appointee to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, and as the U.S. member of UNESCO’s World Commission on the Ethics of Science and Technology. He is also a former judicial fellow at the Supreme Court of the United States, where he received the Justice Tom C. Clark Award.

“Professor George is a breath of fresh air in constitutional jurisprudence today,” stated Dr. David Corey, Professor of Political Science in the Honors Program at Baylor University and Director of the Baylor in Washington, DC Program. Professor Corey added, “[he is] someone who recognizes the inner logic and overarching wisdom of our constitutional design and defends it with grace and sophistication.”

The lecture series was established by Baylor Law benefactors John and Marie Chiles to showcase the enduring importance of the Federalist Papers. The Federalist Papers are a collection of 85 essays written by Alexander Hamilton, James Madison and John Jay between 1787 and 1788. The authors wrote under the name “Publius,” making the case for the ratification of the U.S. Constitution, outlining how the new government would operate and why it was the best choice for the United States of America.

This is event is free and open to the public, but guests are encouraged to RSVP here: Baylor University School of Law is located at 1114 S. University Parks Drive, Waco, TX.

This course has been approved for Minimum Continuing Legal Education Credit by the State Bar of Texas Committee on MCLE in the amount of 1 credit hour.

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