It seems tempting to invoke Article V to amend the Constitution—to “fix” it, or “restore” it, or “improve” it. But is it worth the risk? Should the states call a convention to amend the Constitution?
Lessig argued for the motion to invoke Article V, which provides that an amendment may be proposed either by the Congress with a two-thirds majority vote in both the House of Representatives and the Senate, or by a constitutional convention called for by two-thirds of the State legislatures.
Other debate participants included Mark Meckler, president of Citizens for Self-Governance, who also argued in favor; David Super, a professor at the Georgetown University Law Center; and Walter Olson, a senior fellow at the Cato Institute’s Center for Constitutional Studies (both against the motion).
The debate is presented in partnership with the National Constitution Center.