Prosecuting Presidents: Trump, Zuma, and Beyond
How should presidents be held accountable for alleged criminal conduct? Specifically, under what conditions can, and should, sitting or former heads of state be criminally prosecuted? Join us for a conversation between one of the leading authorities on South African constitutional law, Judge Catherine O’Regan, and the U.S. constitutional law scholar and political philosopher, Professor Corey Brettschneider. We will consider the proper role of courts in holding presidents accountable for alleged crimes, discussing the leading arguments against indicting sitting presidents. In so doing, we will bring abstract questions of comparative constitutional theory to bear on pressing challenges in contemporary politics—in the U.S., South Africa, and beyond.
The Oath and the Office
Constitutional law scholar and political science professor Corey Brettschneider offers a comprehensive tour of the Constitution, and empowers all readers, voters, and future presidents with the knowledge and confidence to read and understand one of our nation's most important founding documents.
Keynote Address, Annual Banquet and Awards Reception of the Arab American Lawyers Association of Southern California
Please join the Arab American Lawyers Association of Southern California for the 2019 Annual Banquet and Awards Reception on Friday, May 17, 2019 at The Millennium Biltmore Hotel, 506 S. Grand Avenue, Los Angeles, California 90071. Cocktail hour begins at 6:00 p.m. and the dinner program begins at 7:00 p.m.
We are honored to have L.A. City Attorney, Mike Feuer as our special guest speaker and renowned author and professor Corey Brettschneider as our keynote speaker.
We are also honoring The Honorable Tony Raphael as the 2019 recipient of the Judge James A. Kaddo Award.
You can purchase your tickets by clicking on “Tickets for 2019 Banquet and Awards Reception” below:
VELA: The Oath and the Office: A Conversation with Corey Brettschneider
Corey Brettschneider is Professor of Political Science and Public Policy at Brown University, where he teaches courses in political theory and public law. He is also visiting professor at Fordham Law School. Brettschneider has also been a visiting professor at The University of Chicago Law School and a visiting associate professor at Harvard Law School. He received a PhD in Politics from Princeton University and a JD from Stanford University. He is the author of The Oath and the Office: A Guide To the Constitution For Future Presidents (W.W. Norton, 2018), When the State Speaks, What Should It Say? How Democracies Can Protect Expression and Promote Equality(Princeton University Press, 2012) and Democratic Rights: The Substance of Self-Government (Princeton Univ Press, 2007). Brettschneider’s articles have appeared in the Texas Law Review, Northwestern Law Review, Political Theory, and American Political Science Review. His writing for a popular audience has appeared in the New York Times, Politico Magazine, and TIME. He is also a frequent commentator on constitutional issues for BBC Newshour and BBC World television.
Co-sponsored by the CSI Pre-Law Club and the Office of the Dean of Humanities and Social Sciences
Claremont McKenna Lunch Program with Corey Brettschneider
Corey Brettschneider is professor of political science at Brown University, where he teaches constitutional law and politics. He has also been a visiting professor at Fordham Law School, University of Chicago Law School and Harvard Law School.
Brettschneider will draw from his recent book, “The Oath and The Office: A Guide to the Constitution for Future Presidents” which has garnered significant national attention and which Kirkus calls “vital reading for all Americans,” as a jumping off point to reflect on the presidency in an age of deep controversy. While President Trump generates plenty of controversies worthy of study, this lecture—like the book—will use these salient contemporary issues for deeper reflection about the president’s constitutional role.
His recent writing has appeared in the New York Times, Politico, and the Washington Post and he is frequently interviewed about constitutional issues on BBC, Sirius XM, and MSNBC. He is also the author of two books about constitutional law and civil liberties and numerous articles that appear in top academic journals and law reviews. His constitutional law casebook is widely used in classrooms throughout the United States.
Brettschneider holds a Ph.D. in Politics from Princeton and a J.D. from Stanford Law School.
Professor Brettshneider’s Athenaeum presentation is co-sponsored by the Salvatori Center at CMC.
Public Lecture with Corey Brettschneider — Center for the Study of Liberal Democracy — University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, WI
Join us for a public lecture with Corey Brettschneider, professor of political science at Brown University, on the limits and meaning of American presidential power. Dr. Brettschneider is an expert on constitutional law and democratic theory and is the author of several books including The Oath and the Office (forthcoming, W.W. Norton).
Central Library Author Talk Series — Boston Public Library — Central Library in Copley Square, Boston, MA
Constitutional law scholar and political science professor Corey Brettschneider guides us through the Constitution and explains the powers—and limits—that it places on the presidency. From the document itself and from American history's most famous court cases, we learn why certain powers were granted to the presidency, how the Bill of Rights limits those powers, and what "we the people" can do to influence the nation's highest public office—including, if need be, removing the person in it.
Point Street Reading Series
The Brown Bookstore, in conjunction with popular radio host and book enthusiast, Robin Kall, welcomes readers to the Point Street Reading Series on the third Tuesday of each month. The series is open to the public and takes place at Alchemy, located at 71 Richmond Street (2nd Floor); Providence, RI. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the event runs from 7pm-9p.m.
Tuesday, September 18th features distinguished authors:
- Nova Ren Suma, author of A Room Away From the Wolves
- Corey Brettschneider, author of The Oath and The Office
- Suzanne Matson, author of Ultraviolet
- Blair Hurley, author of The Devoted
- Delia Owens, author of Where the Crawdads Sing
Each author will read for 15 minutes from their work. There will be a short break with time for conversation and refreshments. Brown University Bookstore will have books available for purchase and autographing.
“The Oath and the Office” Book Launch — Brown University, Providence, RI
Join author and professor of political science Corey Brettschneider for a discussion of his new book, The Oath and the Office: A Guide to the Constitution for Future Presidents. Brettschneider will be joined by Chris Hayes '01, host of All In with Chris Hayes, a weekday news and opinion show on MSNBC, and Kate Shaw '01, Professor of Law and Co-Director of the Floersheimer Center for Constitutional Democracy at the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law.
A book signing will follow.
State of Democracy Lecture: Prof. Corey Brettschneider — Syracuse University / Maxwell School of Citizenship & Public Affairs, Syracuse, NY
Corey Brettschneider is a Professor of Political Science at Brown University. In honor of Constitution Day on September 17th, we have invited Prof. Brettschneider to discuss his new book, "The Oath and The Office: A Guide to the Constitution for Future Presidents." Can the president launch a nuclear attack without congressional approval? Can states legally resist a president’s executive order? Brettschneider dives deep into the U.S. Constitution to answer questions that Americans are asking more than ever before, and breathes new life into the Constitution’s articles and amendments, stressing its key principles and illustrating their relevance to our lives today. A reception will follow, and this lecture is open to the public.