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Scalia's Constitution: Essays on Law and Education
September 15, 2017

Hoover Institution in Washington, D.C., The Johnson Center 1399 New York Avenue NW, Suite 500, Washington, DC 20005

Sponsored by: Program on Education Policy and Governance, Taubman Center for State and Local Government.

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11:00 AM:

Paul E. Peterson, Harvard University; Senior Fellow, Hoover Institution

11:15 AM:

Panel discussion
Chair: Paul E. Peterson, Harvard University; Senior Fellow, Hoover Institution

R. Shep Melnick, Boston College, "Scalia’s Dilemmas as a Conservative Jurist"

Amy Wax, University of Pennsylvania Law School, "Trust Me, I’m an Expert: Scientific and Legal Expertise in Scalia’s Jurisprudence"

Ambassador C. Boyden Gray, Boyden Gray & Associates

12:45 PM:

Adjourn, with lunch available

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Amy Laura Wax, Robert Mundheim Professor of Law, University of Pennsylvania Law School, holds a B.S. from Yale, an M.D. from Harvard and a J.D. from Columbia. She served as a law clerk to Judge Abner J. Mikva on the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals, and from 1988 to 1994 worked in the Office of the Solicitor General at the Department of Justice, where she argued 15 cases before the United States Supreme Court.  She taught at the University of Virginia Law School before coming to Penn Law School  in 2001. Her areas of teaching and research include social welfare law & policy, the law and economics of work and family, employment discrimination, the relationship between family structure and social inequality, and conservative political and legal thought. She has published articles in the Wall Street Journal, The Los Angeles Times, The Philadelphia Inquirer, Commentary, Policy Review, National Affairs, and First Things. She is the author of Race, Wrongs, and Remedies:  Group Justice in the 21st Century (2009).

Ambassador C. Boyden Gray is the founding partner of Boyden Gray & Associates, a law and strategy firm in Washington, D.C., focused on constitutional and regulatory issues. Mr. Gray worked in the White House for twelve years, first as counsel to the Vice President during the Reagan administration and then as White House Counsel to President George H.W. Bush. In 1993, he received the Presidential Citizens Medal. Under President George W. Bush, Mr. Gray was U.S. Ambassador to the European Union and U.S. Special Envoy to Europe for Eurasian Energy. Mr. Gray earned his A.B. magna cum laude from Harvard, where he was an editor of the Crimson, and his J.D. with high honors from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he was editor-in-chief of the Law Review. Mr. Gray served in the United States Marine Corps, and after law school, he clerked for Earl Warren, Chief Justice of the United States Supreme Court.

R. Shep Melnick is the Thomas P. O’Neill, Jr. Professor of American Politics at Boston College. His research and writing focuses on the intersection of law and politics. His first book, Regulation and the Courts, examined judicial influence on the development of environmental policy. His second, Between the Lines, investigated the ways in which statutory interpretation has shaped a variety of entitlement programs. His current research project looks at how the Rehnquist Court is reshaping our governing institutions. Melnick is co-chair of the Harvard Program on Constitutional Government and a past president of the New England Political Science department. Before coming to Boston College 1997 he had taught at Harvard and at Brandeis, where he served as chair of the Politics department.

Paul E. Peterson is the Henry Lee Shattuck Professor of Government and Director of the Program on Education Policy and Governance at Harvard University, a Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University, and Senior Editor of Education Next, a journal of opinion and research. Peterson is a former director of the Center for American Political Studies at Harvard University and of the Governmental Studies Program at the Brookings Institution. He received his Ph. D. in political science from the University of Chicago. He is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the National Academy of Education, and has received fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the German Marshall Foundation, and the Center for Study in the Behavioral Sciences.

For more information:

Antonio M. Wendland, Associate Director
Program on Education Policy and Governance
Kennedy School of Government - Harvard University
Phone: (617) 495-7976

Michael Poor, Staff Assistant
Phone: (617) 496-5488