Richard Pildes, Sudler Family Professor of Constitutional Law, delivered the 2009-10 Thomas M. Jorde Symposium keynote address on November 16 at the University of California, Berkeley, School of Law. Pildes presented “Why the Center Does Not Hold in American Democracy: Persons, History, Institutions,” with commentary by Michael McConnell of Stanford Law School and David Kennedy, a Pulitzer-Prize winning historian from Stanford University.

Other NYU faculty who have given the Jorde lectures include Walter E. Meyer Professor of Law Stephen Holmes and Visiting Professor of Law Geoffrey Stone. Charles Seligson Professor of Law John Ferejohn, Frank Henry Sommer Professor of Law Ronald Dworkin, and Bonnie and Richard Reiss Professor of Constitutional Law Samuel Issacharoff have served as commenters. The symposium was created in 1996 to honor Justice William Brennan and his former clerk Thomas M. Jorde. The lecture and commentaries will be published in the California Law Review.

Posted on November 17, 2009