Fordham Law

Fordham Dean Treanor to Appear at June 6 Constitutional Law Debate

May 31, 2006

Fordham Law School Dean William Michael Treanor will debate Professor Richard Epstein of the University of Chicago on Epstein’s new book How Progressives Rewrote the Constitution, on June 6, at the City University of New York Graduate Center.

A leading constitutional historian, Dean Treanor’s research has focused on the original understanding of the Constitution.  His writings include studies examining the original understanding of judicial review and the Constitution’s Takings Clause, Intellectual Property Clause, and the War Powers Clause.

In his book, Epstein, the James Parker Hall Distinguished Service Professor of Law at the University of Chicago, argues that the New Deal Court, inspired by the Progressive movement, “rewrote the Constitution.”  Progressives “abandoned a Constitution that showed at every turn the influence of John Locke and James Madison” and transformed it into a document that reflected their enthusiasm for a managed economy.

The debate will be held at 6:30 P.M. at The Graduate Center of the City University of New York, 365 Fifth Avenue, and is free and open to the public.