A Panel Discussion of Donald L. Drakeman’s Church, State, and Original Intent (Cambridge University Press, 2010)

October 8, 2010
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Donald L. Drakeman *88, Author; Chairman of James Madison Program Advisory Council; Kent GreenawaltUniversity Professor, Columbia Law School; Michael Stokes Paulsen, Distinguished University Chair, Professor of Law, University of St. Thomas; V. Phillip Muñoz,Tocqueville Associate Professor of Religion & Public Life, University of Notre Dame

Moderated by Robert P. GeorgeMcCormick Professor of Jurisprudence; Founding Director, James Madison Program, Princeton University

Donald L. Drakeman *88 is Chairman of the Advisory Council of the James Madison Program in American Ideals and Institutions at Princeton University, and a former co-chair of the Advisory Council for Princeton's Department of Religion. He is the author of Church-State Constitutional Issues, and his writings have appeared in Constitutional Commentary, Journal of Church and State, American Journal of Legal History, The Christian Century, Religion and American Culture, and several law reviews. He is also co-editor of Church and State in American History. He has served as legal counsel for a coalition of religious organizations acting as friends of the Court in federal church-state litigation, and he has been a member of the Religious Liberty Committee of the National Council of Churches and the Civil Rights Committee of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York.  He earned a J.D. From Columbia University and a Ph.D. in Religion from Princeton University.

Kent Greenawalt is University Professor at Columbia University, teaching at Columbia Law School.  His main interests are in constitutional law and jurisprudence, with special emphasis on church and state. After receiving an LLB from Columbia Law School where he was editor-in-chief of the Columbia Law Review, he clerked for Supreme Court Justice John Harlan. Following that experience, he spent part of a summer as an attorney with the Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights in Jackson, Mississippi.  He served as Deputy Solicitor General of the United States from 1971–72. Professor Greenawalt has taught at Columbia Law School since 1965.  He has also taught at Princeton University and was a Visiting Fellow at Clare Hall, Cambridge, and All Souls College, Oxford.  He is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the American Philosophical Society and a past president of the American Society for Political and Legal Philosophy. In the past decade he has concentrated on issues of religious freedom and disestablishment of religion.  His books on those subjects include a two-volume treatment of the religion clauses: Religion and the Constitution, Vol. 1, Free Exercise and Fairness (2006), and Vol. 2, Establishment and Fairness (2008); and Does God Belong in Public Schools? (2005).  Among his other writings are two books on the place of religious ideas in the politics of liberal democracies: Private Consciences and Public Reasons (1995) and Religious Convictions and Political Choice (1988).

Vincent Phillip Muñoz is the Tocqueville Associate Professor of Religion & Public Life in the Department of Political Science at the University of Notre Dame. He also is a Concurrent Associate Professor of Law at University of Notre Dame School of Law. Before joining the Notre Dame faculty in 2009, he was the William E. Simon Visiting Fellow in Religion and Public Life at Princeton University. Dr. Muñoz writes and teaches across the fields of constitutional law, American politics, and political philosophy. His recent research has focused on the theme of religious liberty and the American Constitution. His first book, God and the Founders: Madison, Washington, and Jefferson was by Cambridge University Press in 2009. Dr. Muñoz is currently completing a second book, which is on the original meaning of the Constitution's Religion Clauses. Articles from that project have appeared in Harvard Journal of Law and Public Policy and University of Pennsylvania Journal of Constitutional Law. Dr. Muñoz has also published articles in American Political Science Review, The Review of Politics, The Wall Street Journal, and The Claremont Review of Books. His media appearances include commentary on Voice of America Radio, Fox News Channel, and Turkish Public Television. In 2004 he testified before the United States Senate Judiciary Committee on the matter of "Hostility to Religious Expression in the Public Square." Dr. Muñoz earned a Ph.D. from the Claremont Graduate School, a MA from Boston College and a BA from Claremont McKenna College.

Michael Stokes Paulsen is Distinguished University Chair & Professor of Law at the University of St. Thomas, in Minneapolis, Minnesota, where he has taught since 2007.  Before joining the faculty at St.Thomas, Professor Paulsen was the McKnight Presidential Professor of Law & Public Policy and Associate Dean at the University of Minnesota Law School, where he taught from 1991-2007. Professor Paulsen is a 1981 graduate of Northwestern University and a 1985 graduate of Yale Law School and Yale Divinity School.  He has served as a Special Assistant U.S. Attorney and as an Attorney-Advisor in the Office of Legal Counsel, in the U.S. Department of Justice and as  Staff Counsel for the Center for Law & Religious Freedom of the Christian Legal Society. Professor Paulsen has written over seventy scholarly articles and book chapters in the field of Constitutional Law, published in the Yale Law Journal, the Stanford Law Review, University of Chicago Law Review, Georgetown Law Journal, Northwestern University Law Review, and Constitutional Commentary.  He is the lead co-author of a new casebook on constitutional law, entitled The Constitution of the United States.  He is also a contributor to the Witherspoon Institute’s on-line journal, Public Discourse.  In addition, Professor Paulsen has written numerous briefs and argued in numerous cases in the federal courts on constitutional issues, and is regularly called on to provide testimony for congressional and other legislative committees on constitutional questions concerning separation of powers, the First Amendment, religious liberty, abortion, presidential election law, and the constitutional law of war.


A Panel Discussion of Donald L. Drakeman’s Church, State, and Original Intent (Cambridge University Press, 2010)


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The Bouton Law Lecture Fund

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