Former U.S. Attorney General Meese to Speak at Mason
Former U.S. Attorney General Edwin Meese will speak at Mason Law on Wednesday, April 18. The event will begin with a reception at 5:00 p.m., followed by the program at 5:30 p.m., in the Levy Atrium. His speech, entitled "Reclaiming the Constitution — Originalism Today," is sponsored by the Mason Law Federalist Society and the George Mason University School of Law.
In a 1985 speech to the American Bar Association, Attorney General Meese sparked a dramatic public debate on the question of constitutional interpretation. In reviewing Supreme Court decisions in the areas of federalism, criminal procedure, and religious freedom before the American Bar Association, the Attorney General urged that the Court be guided by a "jurisprudence of original intention."
Twenty-two years after his original address, former Attorney General Meese will again take up the issue, reflecting on the current status of constitutional interpretation and questioning how the judiciary can return to the principle of federalism.