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Lectures & Conversations
Making Our Democracy Work: A Judge's View
The President Bill Clinton Lecture Series in American History
Stephen Breyer
Tue, May 31st, 2011 | 7:30 pm
(members $10)

How does the Constitution, an 18th-century document, relate to and dictate the laws of a 21st-century society? Through the analysis of past cases, including those concerning slavery, the Cherokee Indians, and detainees at Guantánamo Bay, Justice Stephen Breyer examines the Court’s arduous—and often turbulent—journey to establish its legitimacy as guardian of the Constitution. Having earned the public’s confidence, he expounds how the Court can continue promoting a workable democracy going forward.

Stephen Breyer is Associate United States Supreme Court Justice. He is the author of Active Liberty: Interpreting Our Democratic Constitution, and most recently, Making Our Democracy Work: A Judge’s View.

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