The Rise of the Conservative Legal Movement—An Exercise in Living Constitutionalism

The Rise of the Conservative Legal Movement—An Exercise in Living Constitutionalism

The Rise of the Conservative Legal Movement—An Exercise in Living Constitutionalism

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March 23 2008 4:38 PM

The Rise of the Conservative Legal Movement—An Exercise in Living Constitutionalism

Tomorrow I'll be speaking at the American Enterprise Institute at a panel jointly sponsored by AEI and Brookings on Steve Teles' wonderful new book, The Rise of the Conservative Legal Movement: The Battle for Control of the Law . Also on the panel will be Michael Greve, an AEI scholar in residence who was the co-founder and executive director of the Center for Individual Rights, an important conservative public interest law firm. William Galston of Brookings will moderate.

Teles' book is important in many respects; indeed, it is likely to become the standard history of the rise of legal conservatism. For me what is interesting is the light it sheds on how living constitutionalism actually works in this case, living constitutionalism from the right.

Jack M. Balkin is Knight professor of constitutional law and the First Amendment at Yale Law School.