In this episode, Professor Lawrence Lessig, the Roy L. Furman Professor of Law and Leadership and Harvard Law School discusses his newest book, Fidelity and Constraint: How the Supreme Court Has Read the American Constitution. In his book, Professor Furman discusses the challenges Supreme Court Justices face when interpreting our "ancient' Constitution in modern times. In this discussion, Professor Lessig explains what he means by fidelity to the role of judicial decision making and explains that Supreme Court justices, regardless on either side of the political spectrum share the same constraints. The Court, he suggests, has an obligation to defend its institution and to make sure the institution can survive and develop its authority to do its job. As our discussion makes clear, in Fidelity and Constraint, Professor Lessig mines past judicial decisions to explain present-day judicial rulemaking making for a compelling and understandable read.
About our guest…
Lawrence Lessig is the Roy L. Furman Professor of Law and Leadership at Harvard Law School.
Prior to rejoining the Harvard faculty, Lessig was a professor at Stanford Law School, where he founded the school’s Center for Internet and Society, and at the University of Chicago.
He clerked for Judge Richard Posner on the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals and Justice Antonin Scalia on the United States Supreme Court. Lessig serves on the Board of the AXA Research Fund, and on the advisory boards of Creative Commons and the Sunlight Foundation.
He is a Member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the American Philosophical Association, and has received numerous awards, including the Free Software Foundation’s Freedom Award, Fastcase 50 Award and being named one of Scientific American’s Top 50 Visionaries.
Lessig holds a BA in economics and a BS in management from the University of Pennsylvania, an MA in philosophy from Cambridge, and a JD from Yale.
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