Videos tagged with H. Jefferson Powell

  • A celebration held on February 20, 2023 at Duke Law School for Professor H. Jefferson Powell's recent book, The Practice of American Constitutional Law (e-book available at

  • Legendary First Amendment attorney Floyd Abrams has been counsel in numerous notable cases before the U.S. Supreme Court, including representing the New York Times in the Pentagon Papers case and Senator Mitch McConnell in Citizens United. Joined by Professor Nicole Ligon, Mr. Abrams weighs in on the timely topics of campus speech, fake news, press relations in the current administration, and other trends concerning free expression.

    Sponsored by the First Amendment Clinic at Duke Law.

  • Professor Walter E. Dellinger III (former Assistant Attorney General in charge of OLC) discusses the role the Office of Legal Counsel plays in Executive branch decision making, key moments and figures in the Office's history, and stories from his time leading the office during the Clinton Administration. The discussion was led by Professor H. Jefferson Powell (former Deputy Assistant Attorney General, OLC).

    Co-sponsored by the American Constitution Society, the Federalist Society, and the Government and Public Interest Society

  • Professors Trina Jones, Thavolia Glymph, H. Jefferson Powell, and Neil Siegel give their perspectives on the historical and contemporary significance and implications of monuments as well as other symbols in the wake of recent events in Charlottesville, Virginia, and elsewhere.

    Sponsored by the Program in Public Law.

  • The 2017 National Library Week Alumni Author event featured John D. Inazu (JD 2000), Sally D. Danforth Distinguished Professor of Law and Religion at Washington University in St. Louis.

    In his second book, Confident Pluralism (2016), he presents a framework for an increasingly polarized and divided America to live together peaceably and to explore deep differences in good faith.

    Introduction by Professor H. Jefferson Powell.

    Sponsored by the Goodson Law Library and the American Constitution Society.

  • A discussion of Professor Powell's latest book, Targeting Americans: The Constitutionality of the U.S. Drone War (Oxford University Press). Powell's book focuses on the legal debate surrounding drone strikes, From a position of deep practical expertise in constitutional issues, Prof. Powell provides a dispassionate and balanced analysis of the issues posed by U.S. targeted killing policy. A fundamental theme of the book is that the conclusion that an action or policy is constitutional should not be confused with claims about its wisdom, morality, or legality under international norms.

  • The Program in Public Law welcomes Tristan Duncan T'84, Duke alum, partner and trial lawyer at Shook, Hardy & Bacon, to speak on her involvement in the school finance case Petrella v. Brownback, as well as her work with Kurt Vonnegut, and other American icons, and building a constitutional law practice in general.

    Recorded on March 31, 2016.

    Full title: When Failure Is Success in Constitutional Litigation: Tales From the Trenches With Kurt Vonnegut & Other American Icons.

  • Panelists with extensive expertise in the legal academy and the executive branch discuss the intersection of executive power and national security law.

    Moderator: Prof. Maggie Lemos, Duke Law School
    Prof. Christopher Schroeder, Duke Law School
    Prof. H. Jefferson Powell, Duke Law School
    Prof. Neil Kinkopf, Georgia State University College of Law

    Panel title: Presidential Power & National Security

    Recorded as part of the 2014 LENS Conference: LAWshaping in National Security: The Past, the Progress, and the Path Ahead.

  • Profs. Jefferson Powell and David Lange each provide responses to the other speakers on the topic of their book. Jennifer Jenkins makes closing comments, and then all the speakers gather on stage to take questions from the audience.

    Recorded on March 21, 2009.

    Conference title: No Law: Intellectual Property in the Image of an Absolute First Amendment (2009)

    Appearing: Jennifer Jenkins (Duke Law), host/introductions and closing commentary ; Jefferson Powell (Duke Law), speaker ; David Lange (Duke Law), speaker.

  • Attorneys representing individuals detained under a federal law as sexually dangerous persons discuss the case in which the Fourth Circuit invalidated as unconstitutional the relevant federal statute. Professor H. Jefferson Powell provides counterarguments and commentary.

    Recorded on February 24, 2009.

    Full title: The Constitutionality of Federal Detention of Sexually Dangerous Persons: A Fourth Circuit Case.

    Appearing: H. Jefferson Powell, Jane Pearce and two unidentified panelists.

  • A panel discussion on contemporary issues and enduring quandaries regarding the dangers and benefits of religious speech in public discourse in the United States.

    Recorded on March 05, 2007.

    Appearing: Speakers: Dr. J.D. Greear (Lead Pastor, Summit Church, Durham, NC), Dr. Stanley Hauerwas (Gilbert T. Rowe Professor of Theological Ethics, Duke Divinity School), Professor Howard Lesnick (Jefferson B. Fordam Professor of Law, University of Pennsylvania Law School), and Dr. H. Jefferson Powell (Professor of Law, Duke Law School).

  • Discussion with Profs. Jeff Powell and Neil Siegel.

    Recorded on October 24, 2006.

    Lecture titled: The Use of International & Foreign Law in Interpreting the U.S. Constitution.

    Appearing: Jeff Powell (Duke University School of Law) and Neil Siegel (Duke University School of Law), speakers.

  • The Program in Public Law presents Constitution Day: The Constitution and the War on Terror, a panel discussion.

    Recorded on September 18, 2006.

    Full title: Constitution Day: The Constitution & the War on Terror.

    Appearing: Chris Schroeder (Duke University School of Law), Jeff Powell (Duke University School of Law), Scott Silliman (Duke University School of Law), panelists.

  • Duke Law School Professor Jeff Powell compares the issues in the current Intelligent Design debate with those addressed eighty years ago in the Scopes Monkey Trial, on which Inherit the Wind [a play by Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee.] is based.

    Recorded on February 09, 2006.

  • Recorded on September 08, 2005.

    Panel titled: The Legacy of Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist.

    Appearing: Chris Schroeder (Duke University School of Law), moderator; Jeff Powell (Duke University School of Law), Tom Rowe (Duke University School of Law), Erwin Chemerinsky (Duke University School of Law), Laura Underkuffler (Duke University School of Law), Neil Siegel (Duke University School of Law), panelists.

  • Recorded on September 17, 2004.

    Part of the conference: Interrogation, Detention and the Powers of the Executive.

    Appearing: William P. Marshall, moderator ; H. Jefferson Powell, David Barron, Vicki Jackson and Michael Gerhardt, panelists.

  • Panel discussion entitled "Constitutionalizing the Public Domain" featuring: Yochai Benkler, William Van Alstyne, H. Jefferson Powell, Jed Rubenfeld, Larry Lessig.

    Recorded on November 10, 2001.

    Panel titled: Constitutionalizing the Public Domain.

    Conference title: Conference on the Public Domain 2001.

    Appearing: Yochai Benkler (New York University Law School), panelist ; William Van Alstyne (Duke Law School), panelist ; H. Jefferson Powell (Duke Law School), panelist ; Jed Rubenfeld (Yale Law School), panelist ; Larry Lessig (Stanford Law School), moderator.

  • A discussion about the 2000 presidential election and the Supreme Court challenge, the lawsuits contesting the election in Florida, the role of the Florida legislature, and what may happen when Congress convenes to count votes in January.

    Recorded on November 29, 2000.

    Appearing: William Van Alstyne, Tom Rowe, Jeff Powell and Chris Schroeder, speakers.

  • January 15, 2009 - Does the First Amendment protect public advocacy from the pulpit? What about prayer at a public, secular event? Is the religious rhetoric often used by political leaders inherently divisive, or can it serve a unifying purpose? Professors Guy-Uriel Charles and H. Jefferson Powell explore the role of religion in public life and the role of religious leaders in politics, from Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. to Reverends Rick Warren and Jeremiah Wright. Event was part of Duke University's celebration of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.