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Pettit College of Law to host lecture on Constitution

Oct 14, 2010

Ohio Northern University’s Pettit College of Law will host a lecture by Sanford V. Levinson, University of Texas professor of law and government, as part of the Kormendy Lecture Series and the law school’s celebration of its 125th anniversary. The event will take place in the law school’s Moot Court Room on Thursday, Oct. 28, at 7 p.m.
Levinson’s lecture is titled “Who, if Anyone, Really Trusts ‘We the People’?” In it, he will discuss the United States Constitution in the context of its preamble’s three famous words: “We the people.” He will argue that the framers put little trust in the people’s ability to make proper judgments, as can be seen in such literature as “The Federalist,” and will ask his audience whether we would want a truly democratic constitution if it were possible.
Levinson earned his bachelor’s degree from Duke University, his juris doctor from Stanford University and his Ph.D. from Harvard University. He is the author of more than 250 articles and book reviews and four books: “Constitutional Faith,” “Written in Stone: Public Monuments in Changing Societies,” “Wrestling With Diversity,” and “Our Undemocratic Constitution: Where the Constitution Goes Wrong (and How We the People Can Correct It).”
This event is free, open to the public, and approved for one hour of general continuing legal education credit by the Ohio Supreme Court Commission on Continuing Education.
The Kormendy Lectureship was established in 1987 in the College of Law through an endowment from Helen E. Kormendy, widow of Dr. Steven W. Kormendy. The Dr. Steven W. Kormendy and Helen E. Kormendy Law Lecture Fund is used each year to bring prominent individuals to campus to address matters of law in a public forum in the College of Law. Dr. Kormendy, who died on Jan. 6, 1985, graduated from the ONU College of Law in 1928 and was posthumously awarded the honorary LL.D. degree in 1985. The Ohio State Bar Association honored him for 50 years of law practice, and he was active in events in the Hungarian community in Cleveland.

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