Forum on judicial activism to mark Constitution Day at Vanderbilt, Professors Stefanie Lindquist and Mark Brandon to participate

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Finding the line between interpreting laws and making them has been an issue for America since its founding, and concerns about “legislating from the bench” crop up regularly.

As part of a federally mandated directive to teach the Constitution to celebrate the annual Constitution Day, Vanderbilt University will stage a forum from 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 18, on “Legislating from the Bench: The Judicial Role in Our Constitutional Democracy.”

The forum in Room 126 of Wilson Hall on the Vanderbilt campus is free and open to the public.

Panelists for the forum will be Stefanie Lindquist, associate professor of political science and law; Mark Brandon, professor of law and political science; Lawrence Staten, senior major in political science; and Thomas Traxler, senior major in political science.

The panelists will offer a broad historical perspective on claims of judicial activism and help unravel the complexities associated with the debate over constitutional roles and boundaries.

Media contact: Jim Patterson, (615) 322-NEWS

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