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CVF/McClatchy Lecture on the First Amendment by Noah Feldman

Thursday, January 26

Kalmanovitz Appellate Courtroom, King Hall room 1001
4:00 PM – 5:00 PM

LECTURE at 4:00; RECEPTION at 5:00. 

UC Davis School of Law is pleased to announce the seventh annual Central Valley Foundation/James B. McClatchy Lecture on the First Amendment with Noah Feldman of Harvard Law School.

Feldman will present the lecture, "The Three Lives of James Madison." James Madison devised the Constitution. He imagined its necessity. He designed its contours. He developed the theory that would justify it. He conceived the need for a national convention, brought his blueprint to Philadelphia, and after an intense struggle convinced the other delegates to adopt a version of it. If the Constitution was a new kind of governmental physics, Madison was its Newton or its Einstein. His extraordinary set of accomplishments – over the course of only about five years -- earned Madison the nickname “father of the Constitution” and established his place in U.S. history and the global history of constitutions and democracy. Comprehending Madison’s whole life-world demands that we understand his experiences. I will trace the trajectory of Madison’s life and career, discovering Madison’s ideas through the relationships in which he developed them.

About the lecturer: Noah Feldman specializes in constitutional studies, with particular emphasis on the relationship between law and religion, constitutional design, and the history of legal theory.  Felix Frankfurter Professor of Law at Harvard Law School, he is also a Senior Fellow of the Society of Fellows at Harvard. In 2003 he served as senior constitutional advisor to the Coalition Provisional Authority in Iraq, and subsequently advised members of the Iraqi Governing Council on the drafting of the Transitional Administrative Law or interim constitution. He received his A.B. summa cum laude in Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations from Harvard University in 1992. Selected as a Rhodes Scholar, he earned a D.Phil. in Oriental Studies from Oxford University in 1994.  From 1999 to 2002, he was a Junior Fellow of the Society of Fellows at Harvard. 

Before that he served as a law clerk to Justice David H. Souter of the U.S. Supreme Court (1998 to 1999) and to Chief Judge Harry T. Edwards of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit (1997 to 1998).He received his J.D. from Yale Law School in 1997, serving as Book Reviews Editor of the Yale Law Journal.

About the lecture series: The Central Valley Foundation and UC Davis School of Law have established the Central Valley Foundation/James B. McClatchy Lecture to promote discussion and understanding of First Amendment issues.  Professor Feldman's lecture will be the seventh in a series.

The Central Valley Foundation (CVF) was established by the late James B. McClatchy, publisher of The McClatchy Company newspapers from 1987 to 2005.  CVF supports organizations and education programs dedicated to:  the protection and promotion of First Amendment rights; the advancement of academic achievement of English Learners at public K-12 schools in California's Central Valley; and the enhancement and preservation of quality of life in the Central Valley.

MCLE credit (1 hour) available



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