Professor Jay Wexler has recently published The Odd Clauses: Understanding the Constitution through Ten of Its Most Curious Provisions (Beacon Press). If the United States Constitution were a zoo, and the First, Fourth, and Fourteenth amendments were a lion, a giraffe, and a panda bear, respectively, then The Odd Clauses would be a special exhibit of shrews, wombats, and bat-eared foxes. Past the ever-popular monkey house and lion cages, Professor Wexler leads us on a tour of the lesser-known clauses of the Constitution, the clauses that, like the yeti crab or platypus, rarely draw the big audiences but are worth a closer look. Just as ecologists remind us that even a weird little creature like a shrew can make all the difference between a healthy environment and an unhealthy one, understanding the odd clauses offers readers a healthier appreciation for our constitutional system. With Wexler as your expert guide through this jurisprudence jungle, you'll see the Constitution like you've never seen it before. The Odd Clauses puts these intriguing beasts on display and allows them to exhibit their relevance to our lives, our government's structure, and the integrity of our democracy.
To celebrate the publication of this learned and clever book, we have invited three distinguished scholars to comment on it: David Barron, Professor of Law, Honorable S. William Green Professor of Public Law, Harvard Law School; Trevor Morrison, Isidor and Seville Sulzbacher Professor of Law, Columbia Law School; Adam Samaha, Professor of Law, University of Chicago Law School (visiting at Harvard Law School). Professor Wexler will respond.
Copies of the book will be available for purchase and Professor Wexler will be signing them!
All -- including not only professors, law students, graduate students, and undergraduates, but also alumni and the general public -- are welcome to attend the symposium. There is no registration fee, but if you plan to attend, please RSVP to Elizabeth Aggott, BU Law PR & Events Manager, at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you have academic questions about the program, please contact Professor James E. Fleming, email@example.com.