New Challenges to Constitutional Law

This event last occurred Feb. 19, 2016

The courts have become a battleground for presidential and regulatory overreach in issues ranging from Obamacare and immigration to foreign policy. At issue is the meaning of the Constitution. We invite you to join us as a panel of distinguished legal scholars discuss “New Challenges to Constitutional Law.”

Parking for a fee is available at the Rural Road and Lemon Street parking structure.


6:30 - 6:35 pm - Welcome and opening introductions

Donald T. Critchlow, Professor of History and Director of the Center for Political Thought and Leadership, Arizona State University

6:35 - 6:40 pm - Welcome and speaker introductions

John Lopez is the Solicitor General for Arizona at the Arizona Attorney General’s Office.   Before joining the Attorney General’s Office in January 2015, John served in the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Phoenix for more than twelve years, where he was the Executive Assistant U.S. Attorney and the Chief Assistant of the Phoenix office, the Chief of the White Collar and Public Integrity Section, and the Deputy Appellate Chief. In 2004-2005, John served in Iraq for six months as a legal advisor with the Regime Crimes Liaison Office, the Department of Justice-led group tasked with assisting the Iraqi government with the prosecution of top Saddam Hussein regime members. Before joining the U.S. Attorney’s Office, John worked in the Phoenix Office of the Bryan Cave law firm as a commercial litigator and clerked for Vice Chief Justice Charles Jones of the Arizona Supreme Court. John is a graduate of the Arizona State University Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law and the University of Texas at Austin. 

6:40 - 7:00 pm - “Is Administrative Law Unlawful?”

Philip Hamburger is the Maurice and Hilda Friedman Professor of Law at Columbia Law School. He is a scholar of constitutional law and its history, and his publications include "Separation of Church and State" (Harvard 2002), "Law and Judicial Duty" (Harvard 2008), "Is Administrative Law Unlawful?" (Chicago 2014), and numerous articles. Before his tenure at Columbia, he was the John P. Wilson Professor at the University of Chicago Law School. He also has taught at George Washington University Law School, Northwestern Law School, University of Virginia Law School, and the University of Connecticut Law School.

7:00 - 7:15 pm “From Delegation to Abdication”

Jonathan H. Adler is the inaugural Johan Verheij Memorial Professor of Law and Director of the Center for Business Law & Regulation at the Case Western Reserve University School of Law, where he teaches courses in environmental, administrative and constitutional law. His articles have appeared in publications ranging from the Harvard Environmental Law Review and Supreme Court Economic Review to The Wall Street Journal and USA Today. He has testified before Congress a dozen times and his work has been cited in the U.S. Supreme Court. 

7:15 - 7:30 pm  “Implications of the Recent Supreme Court Vacancy”

Eric Claeys is a Professor of Law at the School of Law at George Mason University. He has also taught at Saint Louis University School of Law and the University of Chicago Law School. Before teaching, he practiced appellate and tort litigation and clerked for the Hon. Melvin Brunetti, United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, and the Hon. William Rehnquist, Chief Justice of the United States. Professor Claeys' scholarship focuses on American property and constitutional law, and particularly on the influence of American natural-law/natural-rights theory on the law.

7:30 - 7:45 pm - Discussion questions

Clint Bolick is a current Justice on the Supreme Court of Arizona. Previously, he served as Vice President of Litigation at the Goldwater Institute. He led two cases that went before the Supreme Court of the United States. In 2013, he co-wrote "Immigration Wars: Forging an American Solution" with Jeb Bush.

Chris DeRose is a NYT bestselling author and former professor of law. He currently serves as Special Assistant Attorney General of Arizona, supervising and litigating complex and Constitutional cases on behalf of the state. 

7:45 - 8:15 pm - Audience Q&A

Donald T. Critchlow, moderator


Armstrong Hall, Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law

For more information contact:

Roxane Barwick
Center for Political Thought and Leadership