PUBLISHED:November 03, 2008

The Bush Administration and Executive Power: Lessons Learned

Nov. 3, 2008 — The Program in Public Law continues its semester-long examination of key legal and constitutional policy issues that have arisen during the Bush administration on Nov. 12, with a consideration of the administration’s approach to executive power by Professor Neil Kinkopf of the Georgia State University College of Law.

This event will begin at 12:15 p.m. in room 3041 of Duke Law School. A light lunch will be served on a first-come, first-served basis.

Kinkopf has written extensively on issues relating to executive power, the statutory commander in chief, and the separation of powers. He worked as special assistant to the United States attorney general and the Office of Legal Counsel during the Clinton Administration. He clerked for Judge Richard Suhrheinrich of the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit.

The “Lessons Learned” series of public lectures features a roster of distinguished scholars, each of whom addresses a specific topic, gauging significant issues and priorities that lie ahead, and suggesting ways in which the country ought to build on the experiences of the last eight years.

“Presidents and their administrations exert great influence over the country’s public policy agenda, including over matters of legal and constitutional policy,” says Christopher Schroeder, Charles S. Murphy Professor of Law and Public Policy Studies and director of the Program in Public Law. “In discharging their constitutional responsibility to protect and defend the Constitution, presidents must also interpret the Constitution, and those interpretations then shape our on-going national conversation over its meaning, as well the content of cases that come before the Supreme Court. Furthermore, one of a president’s greatest legacies comes from the judges and justices he or she nominates to the federal bench, whose terms of office far outlive the president’s own.” In addition to the courts, topics to be addressed in the series are voting rights, science, civil rights, executive power, international law, and gender and reproductive rights.

The series is co-sponsored by the Duke Journal of Constitutional Law and Public Policy.

For a full schedule of the lectures in the Lessons Learned series, visit For more information about the Nov. 12 event, contact Frances Presma at (919) 613-7248.