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Constitutional Options for Presidential Accountability Under Trump with Professor Gerhardt

October 29, 2019 @ 12:00 pm - 12:45 pm

Join ACS to hear Professor Michael Gerhardt’s inside view of the constitutional options of for presidential accountability under Trump.

Michael Gerhardt is Burton Craige Distinguished Professor of Jurisprudence at the University of North Carolina School of Law. He has served as special counsel, public commentator, and expert witness before Congress on all the major constitutional conflicts between presidents and Congress over the past 25 years.

Professor Gerhardt’s extensive public service has included advising members of Congress and White House officials on many constitutional issues. He served as one of the eight members of President-Elect Bill Clinton’s Justice Department transition team and drafted the administration’s judicial selection policy. During the impeachment proceedings against President Clinton in 1997-98, Professor Gerhardt was the only expert invited to speak behind closed doors to the entire House of Representatives, and he was the only joint witness to testify before the House Judiciary Committee.

Professor Gerhardt is the only legal scholar to have participated in Supreme Court confirmation hearings for seven of the nine justices currently sitting on the Supreme Court. He served as Special Counsel to the Clinton White House on Justice Stephen Breyer’s confirmation in 1993; advised several senators on President Bush’s nomination of John Roberts as Chief Justice of the United States in 2005; and testified as an expert witness in Justice Samuel Alito’s confirmation hearings in 2006. He served as Special Counsel to Chairman Patrick Leahy and the Senate Judiciary Committee for the nominations of Sonia Sotomayor (2009) and Elena Kagan (2010) to the Supreme Court and to the Ranking Member of the Senate Judiciary Committee for the nominations of Neil Gorsuch (2017) and Brett Kavanaugh (2018) to the Supreme Court. In 2016, he advised senators on President Obama’s nomination of Judge Merrick Garland to the Supreme Court.

Professor Gerhardt received a B.A. from Yale University, M.Sc. from the London School of Economics, and J.D. from the University of Chicago. After graduating law school and before entering academia, he clerked for federal judges on the federal district and appellate courts and then practiced law for two firms specializing in complex civil and criminal litigation.

Hosted by ACS. Lunch will be served.


October 29, 2019
12:00 pm - 12:45 pm
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WCC 1010 Classroom


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