Birthright Citizenship and the 14th Amendment

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Birthright Citizenship and Administrative Law: Did an Unelected Bureaucrat Alter the Meaning of the Fourteenth Amendment’s Citizenship Clause?


The University of Alaska’s Union League of Anchorage, a JMC partner program, will have its annual Chartwell Lecture this fall. John C. Eastman will explore the constitutionality of birthright citizenship.

Monday, September 17, 2018 • 7:30PM-9:00PM
UAA/APU Consortium Library, Lewis E. Haines Meeting Room, Room 307

About the talk

The Fourteenth Amendment’s definition of citizenship contains has components: (1) all persons born or naturalized in the United States and (2) who are subject to the jurisdiction of the United States are citizens. The dispute over birthright citizenship turns on whether “subject to the jurisdiction” means merely the partial, territorial jurisdiction (subject to our laws while physically present here) or a more complete jurisdiction (owing allegiance). The lecture will explore evidence for the competing views and subsequent developments in the Supreme Court and in administrative agencies that had to grapple with the Fourteenth Amendment’s meaning of citizenship.

This event is free and open to the public.



John C. Eastman is Henry Salvatori Professor of Law and Community Service and former Dean at Chapman University’s Dale E. Fowler School of Law, where he has been a member of the faculty since 1999, specializing in constitutional law, legal history, and property. He leads the Center for Constitutional Jurisprudence, a public interest law firm affiliated with the Claremont Institute that he founded in 1999. He earned his B.A. in politics and economics from the University of Dallas, his Ph.D. in government from the Claremont Graduate School, and his J.D. from the University of Chicago Law School. He serves as chairman of the board of the National Organization for Marriage and is chairman of the federalism and separation of powers practice group of the Federalist Society. Prior to joining the Chapman law faculty, Professor Eastman served as a law clerk to the Honorable Clarence Thomas, Associate Justice, Supreme Court of the United States, and to the Honorable J. Michael Luttig, Judge, United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, and practiced law with the national law firm Kirkland and Ellis. Professor Eastman has represented clients in important constitutional law matters and has argued before the Supreme Court. On behalf of the Center for Constitutional Jurisprudence, he has participated as amicus curiæ before the Supreme Court of the United States, U.S. Courts of Appeals, and State Supreme Courts in more than one hundred cases of constitutional significance, including Boy Scouts of America v. Dale, Zelman v. Simmons-Harris (the school vouchers case), Kelo v. New London (eminent domain), and Van Orden v. Perry (the ten commandments case). He has appeared as an expert legal commentator on television and radio programs, including C-Span, Fox News, PBS NewsHour, and the O’Reilly Factor.

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