‘Executive Power in the Age of Trump’ topic of UT law lecture Aug. 30

August 20, 2018 | Events, News, UToday, Law
By Diana Case

Saikrishna B. Prakash, the James Monroe Distinguished Professor of Law and the Paul G. Mahoney Research Professor of Law at the University of Virginia School of Law, will discuss presidential power as part of The University of Toledo College of Law’s Stranahan Lecture series.

His lecture, “Executive Power in the Age of Trump,” will be delivered Thursday, Aug. 30, at noon in the Law Center McQuade Auditorium.


Prakash will speak on the modern presidency and its ability to unilaterally alter the law it is supposed to faithfully execute. He will examine why modern executives claim the ability to alter constitutional and statutory law through the alchemy of repeated transgressions of existing law. He will argue this ability has contributed to President Trump’s dominant role in constitutional and statutory interpretation.

“Professor Prakash is at the heart of the debate over one of the pressing issues of our time — the power of the president,” said Lee J. Strang, John W. Stoepler Professor of Law & Values at the UT College of Law. “He is one of the nation’s most influential executive power scholars, and he is an engaging speaker. Professor Prakash’s lecture will focus on the expansion of presidential power and its implications for the future. His informed perspective is sure to provoke debate and conversation.”

The author of more than 60 articles, Prakash is a leading scholar of constitutional law and legal history. His recent publications include “50 States, 50 Attorneys General and 50 Approaches to the Duty to Defend” (Yale Law Journal, 2015), “The Imbecilic Executive” (Virginia Law Review, 2013), “The Sweeping Domestic War Powers of Congress” (Michigan Law Review, 2015), and Imperial From the Beginning: The Constitution of the Original Executive (Yale University Press, 2015).

Prakash teaches constitutional law, foreign relations law and presidential powers. He is a graduate of Stanford University and Yale Law School, and he clerked for Justice Clarence Thomas.

The free, public lecture is part of the Stranahan National Issues Forum and is sponsored by the College of Law and its chapter of the Federalist Society for Law and Public Policy Studies.

For more information, visit utoledo.edu/law/events/stranahan-lecture.html.

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