Pitt Family Foundation Speaker Series Welcomes Constitutional Law Expert Jamal Greene

Oct. 26, 2021

Greene will kick off the speaker series October 28.

Jamal Greene

Constitutional law expert, professor and author, Jamal Greene will kick off the second iteration of the Pitt Family Foundation Speaker Series on Thursday, October 28, 2021.      

In a conversation with former Tucson mayor and current University of Arizona Law Professor of Practice Jonathan Rothschild, Greene will discuss how competing rights should be balanced through political compromise.     

The Pitt Family Foundation Speaker Series is part of the Participatory Democracy Initiative at the University of Arizona. The Participatory Democracy Initiative is an interdisciplinary and community-engaged program of the University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law, the School of Government & Public Policy, and the School of Journalism.         

When: October 28, 2021, 5:30-6:45 p.m. (MST)      
Where: Pitt Family Foundation Speaker Series will be delivered live via Zoom. 
Who may attend: This event is free and open to the public. Registration is required


About Jamal Greene  

Jamal Greene is a constitutional law expert whose scholarship focuses on the structure of legal and constitutional arguments. He teaches constitutional law, comparative constitutional law, the law of the political process, First Amendment, and federal courts. Greene is the author of the book, “How Rights Went Wrong: Why Our Obsession with Rights is Tearing America Apart”. He is also the author of numerous law review articles and has written in-depth about the Supreme Court, constitutional rights adjudication, and the constitutional theory of originalism, including “Rights as Trumps?” (Harvard Law Review foreword for the 2017–2018 Supreme Court term), “Rule Originalism” (Columbia Law Review, 2016), and “The Anticanon” (Harvard Law Review, 2011), an examination of Supreme Court cases now considered examples of weak constitutional analysis, such as Dred Scott v. Sandford and Plessy v. Ferguson.      

During the 2018–2019 academic year, Greene served as senior visiting scholar at the Knight First Amendment Institute at Columbia University, where he commissioned and oversaw new scholarly research relating to free speech and new communications platforms. He has been a visiting professor at Harvard Law School and has served as Columbia Law’s Vice Dean for Intellectual Life. He currently serves as co-chair of the Oversight Board, an independent body set up to review content moderation decisions on Facebook and Instagram. Greene is a sought-after media commentator on the Supreme Court and on constitutional law. His articles have appeared in The New York Times, Slate, New York Daily News, and The Los Angeles Times.

Media Contact: Ali Bridges, director of communications, University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law, akbridges@arizona.edu, 520.621.3956.

Event Contact: Bernadette Wilkinson, senior program coordinator, University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law, bwilkins@arizona.edu