The Constitutional Significance of the Forgotten Presidents

An Alpheus T. Mason Lecture on Constitutional Law and Political Thought: The Quest for Freedom

April 21, 2009
Gerhart Poster

Michael J. Gerhardt, Samuel Ashe Distinguished Professor in Constitutional Law, Director of the Center for Law and Government, University of North Carolina Law School;
Author of The Power of Precedent

Michael J. Gerhardt is the Samuel Ashe Distinguished Professor in Constitutional Law, and Director of the Center for Law and Government at the University of North Carolina Law School.  Prior to joining the faculty in the summer of 2005, he taught for more than a decade at William & Mary Law School. He is the author of several books, including The Power of Precedent (Oxford University Press, 2008), and the second editions of The Federal Impeachment Process: A Constitutional and Historical Analysis (University of Chicago Press) and The Federal Appointments Process (Duke University Press). He is the co-author of each of the three editions of a reader on constitutional theory, and has written more than fifty law review articles on different topics in constitutional law, federal jurisdiction, and the legislative process. He has consulted with members of Congress on a number of constitutional issues. He has testified several times before Congress, including as the only joint witness in the House Judiciary Committee's special hearing on the history of the federal impeachment process held in conjunction with its consideration of the impeachment of President Clinton. More recently, he defended the constitutionality of the filibuster before the Senate Rules and Judiciary Committees, and he testified before the House Judiciary Committee in opposition to several proposed court-stripping measures.  In addition, he served as a special consultant to the National Commission on Judicial Discipline and Removal, to the Presidential Transition in 1992-93, to the White House on the nomination of Stephen Breyer to the United States Supreme Court, and to the ethics committees of two hospitals. In January 2006, Professor Gerhardt testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee on the nomination of Samuel Alito, Jr., as an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court.  His honors include distinguished lectures at Princeton University and William & Mary, Drake, Creighton, Cleveland State, and University of Montana Law Schools. In 2004, Professor Gerhardt served as a visiting fellow in the James Madison Program in American Institutions and Ideals at Princeton University. He has been a visiting professor at Cornell and Duke Law Schools. He is regularly interviewed as an expert on constitutional law by network and cable television, major newspapers, and National Public Radio, and he served as CNN's full-time impeachment expert during President Clinton's impeachment proceedings.  Professor Gerhardt is currently working on a book entitled The Constitutional Significance of the Forgotten Presidents, which Yale University Press will publish.  He received his B.A. from Yale University, his M.Sc. from the London School of Economics, and his J.D. from the University of Chicago.


The Constitutional Significance of the Forgotten Presidents


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