The Tushnet Symposium at Quinnipiac: A Great Success!

Written by Robert Justin Lipkin on October 8th, 2007

The Quinnipiac Symposium on Harvard’s Mark Tushnet’s prolific work in constitutional history, law, and theory raised some of the most important issues in republican democracy. Included among the more central issues raised were: slavery, the idea of a constitutional order, the relationship between constitutionalism and political progressivism, the best approach toward constitutional interpretation, the continued existence and relevance of Critical Legal Studies, and how Mark’s work concerning “taking the Constitution away from the courts” can be reconciled with his historical treatment of and admiration for Justice Thurgood Marshall, the first African American Justice to serve on the Supreme Court and for whom Mark clerked.
Throughout the fascinating discussion Mark revealed both his command of American history and the refined care he exhibits in articulating his own positions as well as the positions of others. Mark has a wonderfully creative mind, but a mind that approaches creative scholarship by first attending to the meaning and nuances of meaning in an argument. His approach is reminiscent of the very best analytic philosophy. The honor that Tushnet is currently receiving is well deserved and cannot be overstated. Without a doubt Tushnet is one of the finest constitutional theorists of the last century and continues to be so in this one as well.
Professors Linda Meyer and Steve Latham as well as Dean Brad Saxton, and the entire Quinnipiac staff deserve copious praise for assembling a remarkable group of scholars presenting papers on the work of Harvard’s Mark Tushnet.


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