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Jeffrey Rosen to deliver Tresolini Lecture

Jeffrey Rosen

Jeffrey Rosen, professor of law at The George Washington University Law School and legal affairs editor at The New Republic, will deliver this year’s Tresolini Lecture entitled “Obama’s Constitution: The Future of the Supreme Court” on Tuesday, March 31 at 8 p.m. in Packard Auditorium. The talk is free and open to the public. No tickets are required.

Rosen specializes in constitutional law, criminal procedure and privacy issues at The George Washington University. He is also a nonresident Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution. His most recent book, The Supreme Court: The Personalities and Rivalries that Defined America, recounts the history of the Supreme Court through the personal and philosophical rivalries that have transformed the law. He is also the author of The Most Democratic Branch, The Naked Crowd and The Unwanted Gaze.

"With most Court-watchers expecting President Obama to make at least one and perhaps two nominations to the U.S. Supreme Court within his first term, professor Jeffrey Rosen's address as the 2009 Tresolini Lecturer in Law could not be more timely,” said Brian Pinaire, assistant professor of political science and organizer of the annual Tresolini Lecture.

Rosen is also a popular legal affairs commentator whose essays and commentaries have appeared in The New York Times Magazine, The Atlantic Monthly, on National Public Radio, and in The New Yorker, where he has been a staff writer. The Chicago Tribune named him one of the 10 best magazine journalists in America and the Los Angeles Times called him “the nation’s most widely read and influential legal commentator.”

“Rosen's talk will delve into the various legal issues that will be profoundly affected by the next few appointments to the high Court,” said Pinaire. “We look forward to a stimulating evening with Rosen, one of America's foremost legal thinkers and one of its most gifted writers on constitutional dilemmas."

John Dean, the counsel to former President Richard M. Nixon, delivered the 2008 Tresolini lecture. Previous speakers include former U.S. Attorney General Janet Reno, former Vietnam War-era governmental strategic analyst Daniel Ellsberg, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, U.S. Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr., and O.J. Simpson “Dream Team” attorney and Innocence Project founder Barry Scheck.

The Rocco J. Tresolini Lectureship in Law was established in 1978, in memory of one of Lehigh’s most distinguished teachers and scholars, Rocco Tresolini (1920-1967). As professor and chair of the department of government, Tresolini contributed to the understanding of law and its relation to government. The endowed lectureship was made possible by the generosity of Lehigh’s Class of 1961, and other alumni and friends of the university.

--Tricia Long

Posted on Saturday, March 28, 2009

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