Georgetown Law Professor and Constitutional Theorist Randy E. Barnett to Deliver Raichle Lecture at Canisius College

February 11, 2020


Buffalo, NY – The Canisius College Frank G. Raichle Lecture Series on Law in American Society welcomes Randy E. Barnett to campus on Wednesday, March 25 at 7:15 p.m. in the Grupp Fireside Lounge, located on the second floor of the Richard E. Winter ’42 Student Center. 

The event, titled “Is the U.S. a Democracy or a Republic (and Why Does it Matter)?," is free and open to the public.  Barnett’s lecture will be followed by a question and answer session. 

Randy Barnett is the Carmack Waterhouse Professor of Legal Theory at the Georgetown University Law Center, where he teaches constitutional law and contracts, and serves as director of the Georgetown Center for the Constitution.

Following Barnett’s graduation from Northwestern University and later Harvard Law School, he tried many felony cases as a prosecutor in the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office in Chicago.  A recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship in constitutional studies and the Bradley Prize, Barnett has been a visiting professor at the law schools of the University of Pennsylvania, Northwestern University and Harvard University. Additionally, he is the author of 11 books and more than 100 articles and reviews, as well as numerous op-eds.   Barnett’s most recent book is An Introduction to Constitutional Law: 100 Supreme Court Cases Everyone Should Know.  His other publications on the constitution include Restoring the Lost Constitution: The Presumption of Liberty; The Structure of Liberty: Justice and the Rule of Law; Our Republican Constitution: Securing the Liberty and Sovereignty of We the People; and Constitutional Law: Cases in Context

Barnett’s constitutional expertise has garnered him appearances in numerous documentaries including PBS’s “Constitution USA with Peter Sagal” and “A More or Less Perfect Union with Judge Douglas Ginsburg.”  In 2012, he was one of the lawyers representing the National Federation of Independent Business in its constitutional challenge to the Affordable Care Act.  Prior to that, in 2004, Barnett argued the medical marijuana case of Gonzalez v. Raich before the U.S. Supreme Court.

The Frank G. Raichle Lecture Series is sponsored by the Frank G. Raichle Pre-Law Center, established at Canisius College in 1981.  The center was made possible by a gift from the late Frank G. Raichle, Esq., a leader of the American Bar Association and former member of the Canisius College Board of Trustees.

For more information on Randy Barnett’s lecture, contact the Canisius College Office of College Communications at 716.888.2790. 

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