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University of Arizona Law Lecture Series Examines Presidential Power, Limits

The election of Donald Trump, the use of executive orders, and Congressional inaction have led to an increased interest in presidential power and the law. A new lecture series from the University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law will explore this complex topic throughout the spring.

“Presidential Power and Its Limits” is a weekly series featuring lectures from leading lawyers and distinguished scholars from around the country who will discuss topics ranging from investigations into presidential misconduct to how the law limits presidential authority. Lectures are free and open to the public.

“The office of the president of the United States is a living contradiction,” says professor David Marcus, who is leading the series with professor and constitutional scholar Toni Massaro. “The president is often referred to as the most powerful person in the world. Yet constraints on the office’s power have confounded and frustrated each of its occupants. This is a topic that is not only of great interest, but also one in urgent need of study.”

When: Weekly lectures Jan. 22-March 26, 2018, 3:15-4:10 p.m. No lecture March 5 due to Spring Break.

Where: University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law (1201 E. Speedway Blvd), Room 160

Who may attend: The lectures are free and open to the public. Continuing Legal Education (CLE) may be available**. RSVP for each lecture to massaro@email.arizona.edu.

The lecture series is part of an official College of Law class. Each class meeting will begin with a public 50-minute lecture by a guest distinguished scholar and several UA experts. The other portions of the class are reserved for enrolled law students.

Jan. 22: An Introduction to the Law of Presidential Power
Toni Massaro and David Marcus, University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law

Jan. 29: The President, Congress, and Foreign Affairs
Toni Massaro, University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law

Feb. 5: The President, Congress, and the Contest Over the Federal Bureaucracy
David Marcus, University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law

Feb. 12: Presidential Power in Historical Perspective
Harold Bruff, University of Colorado Law School

Feb. 19: The President’s War Powers
Kristine Huskey, University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law

Feb. 26: The President and the Courts
David Marcus, University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law

March 12: Presidential Administration: An Insider’s Perspective
Howard Shelanski, Georgetown Law, and former head of the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, White House

March 19: The President and the Courts: Executive Orders and Judicial Review
Kathryn Watts, University of Washington School of Law

March 26: Impeachment and Resignation
Robert Glennon, University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law

Topics and speakers subject to change

** The State Bar of Arizona does not approve or accredit CLE activities for the Mandatory Continuing Legal Education requirement. This activity may qualify for up to one hour toward your annual CLE requirement for the State Bar of Arizona.