Boston University School of Law is delighted to celebrate the publication of "The Supreme Court and the Fourth Amendment's Exclusionary Rule" by Tracey Maclin, Professor of Law & Joseph Lipsitt Faculty Research Scholar.
The application of the Fourth Amendment's Exclusionary Rule has divided the Justices of the Supreme Court for nearly a century. As the legal remedy for when police violate the Fourth Amendment rights of a person and discover criminal evidence through illegal search and seizure, it is the most frequently litigated constitutional issue in the nation’s courts. "The Supreme Court and the Fourth Amendment's Exclusionary Rule" traces the rise and fall of the exclusionary rule using insight and behind-the-scenes access into the Court's thinking. Based on original archival research into the private papers of retired Justices, Professor Maclin's analysis clarifies the motivations and thoughts that explain the Court's exclusionary rule jurisprudence. He includes a comprehensive scholarly and objective discussion of the reasoning behind the Court decisions, and demonstrates that like other constitutional doctrines, the exclusionary rule is a political mechanism that expands and contracts as the times and Justices change. Ultimately, this book will help readers understand how constitutional law is constructed by judges with diverse political perspectives.
To celebrate the publication of this learned and important book, we have invited three distinguished commentators to discuss it. Professor Maclin will respond.
Book Symposium (BU Law, Barristers Hall, 12:45-2:00 p.m.)
Welcome: Dean Maureen O’Rourke, BU School of Law
Moderator: Professor and Associate Dean James E. Fleming, BU School of Law
Peter Levitt, Assistant U.S. Attorney and Adjunct Professor of Law, BU School of Law
Christopher Slobogin, Milton Underwood Professor of Law, Vanderbilt University Law School
Carol S. Steiker, Henry J. Friendly Professor of Law, Harvard Law School
Response: Tracey Maclin, BU School of Law
Copies of the book will be available for purchase and Professor Maclin 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. If you have academic questions about the program, please contact Professor James E. Fleming, email@example.com.