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The Constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act

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August 30, 2011

Randy E. Barnett

Randy E. Barnett. http://randybarnett.com/

Georgetown University Law Center professor Randy E. Barnett will discuss the Affordable Care Act at The Johns Hopkins University’s 2011 Constitutional Forum, which focuses on important legal issues held in conjunction with the annual observance of Constitution Day.

During his talk, “Commandeering the People: Why ObamaCare is Unconstitutional,” Barnett will discuss the debate over the constitutionality of the health care reform law in the context of a broader discussion of theories of “originalism” and how to interpret the commerce clause, and the Constitution more generally.

The forum will take place at 8 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 15, in Hodson Hall auditorium, Room 110, on the Homewood campus, 3400 N. Charles St. in Baltimore. Admission is free. Visitor parking is available in the South Garage, 3101 Wyman Park Drive, Baltimore, Md. 21211. For information, the general public may call 443-287-9900 or email constitution@jhu.edu.

Barnett is the Carmack Waterhouse Professor of Legal Theory at the Georgetown University Law Center, where he teaches constitutional law and contracts. After graduating from Northwestern University and Harvard Law School, he tried many felony cases as a prosecutor in the Cook County States’ Attorney’s Office in Chicago. He has been a visiting professor at Penn, Northwestern and Harvard Law School. In 2008, he was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship in Constitutional Studies. Professor Barnett’s publications includes more than one hundred articles and reviews, as well as nine books, including Restoring the Lost Constitution: The Presumption of Liberty (Princeton, 2004), Constitutional Law: Cases in Context (Aspen, 2008), Contracts (Oxford Introductions to U.S. Law 2010), Contracts: Cases and Doctrine (Aspen, 4th ed. 2008), and The Structure of Liberty: Justice and the Rule of Law (Oxford, 1998). In 2004, Professor Barnett argued the medical marijuana case of Gonzalez v. Raich before the U.S. Supreme Court. He regularly publishes opinion pieces in such publications as The Wall Street Journal, and has appeared on such programs as the CBS Evening News, The NBC Nightly News, Parker-Spitzer (CNN), The Glenn Beck Show (FoxNews) and the Ricki Lake Show. In 2007, Barnett was featured in the documentaries The Trials of Law School and In Search of the Second Amendment; he also portrayed an assistant prosecutor in the independent film InAlienable. A full bio is online at http://randybarnett.com/ .

The 2011 Constitutional Forum is supported by the George Huntington Williams Memorial Lectureship, established to honor the memory of George Huntington Williams, a pioneer in the microscopic study of rocks and minerals. He was the university’s first professor of petrology and founded what was then called the Department of Geology (now Earth and Planetary Sciences) in the late 1880s. In 1917, his family created an endowment in his memory for lectures by distinguished public figures on topics of widespread contemporary interest. Past speakers have included Archbishop Desmond Tutu and Russian President Boris Yeltsin.

The events will celebrate Constitution Day, Sept. 17, the day in 1787 when delegates convened for the final time to sign the U.S. Constitution. Additional information about Constitution Day may be found by searching the Web site of The National Archives, http://www.archives.gov/.

The 2011 Constitutional Forum at Johns Hopkins is sponsored by the Johns Hopkins Department of Political Science and the Office of Communications and Public Affairs.

[Note to editors: A high resolution, color, digital photograph of Randy E. Barnett is available by contacting Amy Lunday at 443-287-9960 or acl@jhu.edu.]


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