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John Eastman


Associate Professor and Director of the Center for Constitutional Jurisprudence, Chapman University.

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OUT FOR A CONSTITUTIONAL: The Supreme Court and the Constitution

with Erwin Chemerinsky, John Eastmanvia Uncommon Knowledge
Friday, September 27, 2002

The Supreme Court has the final authority on all matters of law under the U.S. Constitution. But what legal philosophy should the Supreme Court use to reach its decisions? Should the Court merely hand down rules based on the text of a fixed, or "dead," Constitution? Or should the Court apply standards that are based on interpretations of a "living" Constitution that evolves as our society changes? These fundamentally different approaches to constitutional law have created a rift with the current Supreme Court. How serious is this rift? Who's right? And to what extent are these competing arguments merely covers for ideological positions?

Audio recording of “Out for a Constitutional” (26:48)