Nationally renowned legal scholar Erwin Chemerinsky will present a public lecture about executive power and the war on terror at the UC Davis School of Law on Thursday, February 16. While some scholars have defended the Bush administration's claim to broad executive authority as part of the war on terrorism, Chemerinsky believes those claims are wrong in terms of the history and functions of the Constitution and separation of powers.
Chemerinsky is the Alston & Bird Professor of Law at Duke Law School and a frequent commentator on a wide range of legal issues for the national media. He has written four books on constitutional matters and more than 100 law review articles that have appeared in journals such as the Harvard Law Review, Michigan Law Review, Northwestern Law Review, University of Pennsylvania Law Review, Stanford Law Review and Yale Law Journal. He writes a regular column on the Supreme Court for California Lawyer, Los Angeles Daily Journal and Trial Magazine.
In April 2005, Chemerinsky was named by Legal Affairs as one of "the top 20 legal thinkers in America." He frequently argues appellate cases, including in the United States Supreme Court and the United States Courts of Appeals. He has testified many times before congressional and state legislative committees. Recently he was a witness before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Supreme Court nominee Samuel Alito.
In addition, Chemerinsky has tirelessly devoted himself to public service. He was named in 2004 by the Los Angeles mayor to chair a blue ribbon commission on contracting by the city government. In 1997, he was elected by voters to serve a two-year term as a member of the Elected Los Angeles Charter Reform Commission. He has won numerous awards for his legal, scholarly and public service work, including a President's Award from the Criminal Courts Bar Association, a Freedom of Information Award from the Society for Professional Journalists, an award for Contributions to Federal Judicial Education, and a community service award from the Western Center on Law and Poverty.
Chemerinsky's lecture, which is free and open to the public, will be held from 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. in the Moot Courtroom at the UC Davis School of Law. A question and answer period will follow. The event is part of the Edward L. Barrett, Jr. Lectureship on Constitutional Law, which brings prominent legal scholars to the School of Law to challenge and enhance the legal thinking of students, faculty, and the community.