March 26, 2014 8:45 AM
Linda P. Campbell
Erwin Chemerinsky, a constitutional law “giant” who recently provoked argument over whether Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg should step down, is set to discuss major civil rights anniversaries during Tulane Law School’s Dermot S. McGlinchey Lecture on Federal Litigation.
Chemerinsky, dean of the University of California–Irvine School of Law, plans to address “How Should We Celebrate the 60th Anniversary of Brown v. Board of Education and the 50th Anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964?”
Chemerinsky, author of seven books, including texts on constitutional law, also is a prolific opinion column writer and legal commentator.
In a piece forThe Los Angeles Times that was picked up by other news outlets, he argued that Ginsburg should give up her seat at the end of the current term to “ensure that a Democratic president will be able to choose a successor who shares her views and values.”
Legal scholar Garrett Epps wrote on theatlantic.com that “Chemerinsky is a giant” but dissented from his opinion on Ginsburg’s retirement timing.
Chemerinsky taught at DePaul, the University of Southern California and Duke University before helping found the UC–Irvine Law School in 2008. He is the school’s Raymond Pryke Professor of First Amendment Law with a joint appointment in political science.
The McGlinchey Lecture is named for insurance lawyer and civic activist Dermot S. McGlinchey, a 1957 graduate of Tulane Law School. He helped found the McGlinchey Stafford firm, which has permanently endowed the lecture series.
Linda P. Campbell is director of communications for the Tulane Law School.
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