John Marshall hosted Dean Erwin Chemerinsky, Dean of the UC Berkeley School of Law and Jesse H. Choper Distinguished Professor of Law, on September 18. Chemerinsky presented on free speech in honor of Constitution Day.
Established by law in 2004, Constitution Day is a federal observance that recognizes the adoption of the U.S. Constitution and those who have become U.S. citizens. In observance of this day, law schools around the country provide educational programming on the history of the American Constitution. Constitution day is particularly important for John Marshall students, who are required to take at least six credits of constitutional law during their law school careers.
Chemerinsky is one of the country’s preeminent constitutional law and federal civil procedure scholars and frequently argues appellate cases, including in the U.S. Supreme Court. He is also the author of 10 books, more than 200 law review articles and writes a monthly column for the ABA Journal. In 2017, National Jurist magazine again ranked Chemerinsky as “the most influential person in legal education in the United States.”
Chemerinsky was named Dean of Berkeley Law on July 1, 2017, when he joined the faculty as the Jesse H. Choper Distinguished Professor of Law. Before his appointment, he was the founding Dean at the University of California, Irvine School of Law. He had previously taught at Duke University, the University of Southern California Law School, DePaul College of Law and UCLA Law School. In 2016, he was named a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Chemerinsky holds a BS from Northwestern University and a JD from Harvard Law School.
“Having Dean Chemerinsky at John Marshall on Constitution Day is a real home run. He’s literally the best, and I’m grateful he was able to return to Chicago and interact with our students on fundamental constitutional issues,” said Dean Darby Dickerson, who serves with Dean Chemerinsky on the Association of American Law Schools Executive Committee.