UC-Berkeley: Impeachment, from the Founders to the Present

University of California, Berkeley

UC-Berkeley: “Impeachment: From the Time of the Founders to the Present”


On January 21, 2020, the School of Law at the University of California, Berkeley, will be holding a JMC-supported panel on impeachment featuring John Eastman, Gary Schmitt, and Burt Neuborne. Gary Schmitt will talk about impeachment in the historical context from the time of the Founders to the present but with special reference to Federalist 65. Professors Eastman and Neuborne will discuss the current impeachment proceedings from opposing points of view. Visiting Lecturer Steven Hayward will act as moderator. A Q&A will follow the presentations from the panelists.

Tuesday, January 21, 2020 • 12:45 PM
University of California, Berkeley

Free and open to the public

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John Eastman is the Henry Salvatori Professor of Law & Community Service at Chapman University Fowler School of Law. He is the Founding Director of the Claremont Institute’s Center for Constitutional Jurisprudence and a Senior Fellow of the Claremont Institute. From 1996 to 1997 he served as a law clerk with the Honorable Justice Clarence Thomas in the United States Supreme Court. After concluding his clerkships, Dr. Eastman took a position with Kirkland & Ellis in Los Angeles until 1999. In the courtroom, Dr. Eastman has represented seventeen parties before the Supreme Court of the United States. He has also represented over 75 amici before the Supreme Court in cases such as Burwell v. Hobby Lobby Stores (2014), National Labor Relations Board v. Noel Canning (2014), National Federation of Independent Business v. Sebelius (2012), Gonzales v. Carhart (2007), and Boy Scouts of America v. Dale (2000). Dr. Eastman has appeared on ABC, NBC, CBS, Fox News, CNN, BBC World News, and PBS. His writings and commentary on the courts and the constitution have appeared in The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, National Review,Economist, Atlantic, Slate, National Catholic Register, and ABA Journal.

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Gary Schmitt, American Enterprise InstituteGary Schmitt is a resident scholar in Strategic Studies and American institutions at the American Enterprise Institute, where he studies national security and longer-term strategic issues affecting America’s security at home and abroad. In addition, Dr. Schmitt writes on issues pertaining to American political institutions, the Constitution, and civic life. A former minority staff director of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, Dr. Schmitt was also executive director of the President’s Intelligence Advisory Board (then known as the President’s Foreign Intelligence Advisory Board). Before joining AEI, he was executive director of the Project for the New American Century. Dr. Schmitt has been published widely in the popular press, including in CNN.com, Financial Times, FoxNews.com, The Hill, Los Angeles Times, The National Interest, NationalReview.com, The New York Times, RealClearDefense, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, and The Weekly Standard. His appearances on radio and television include ABC News, C-SPAN’s Washington Journal, Fox News, MSNBC’s Hardball, NBC News, and PBS NewsHour.

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Burt Neuborne, NYU LawBurt Neuborne is a Visiting Professor at Berkeley Law and the Norman Dorsen Professor of Civil Liberties and founding Legal Director of the Brennan Center for Justice at NYU Law School. For more than 50 years, he has been one of the nation’s foremost civil liberties lawyers, serving as National Legal Director of the ACLU from 1981-86, Special Counsel to the NOW Legal Defense and Education Fund from 1990-1996, and as a member of the New York City Human Rights Commission from 1988-1992. He has argued numerous Supreme Court cases, and has litigated literally hundreds of important constitutional cases in the state and federal courts. In 1990, he was the recipient of the University-wide Distinguished Teacher Award at New York University for his work in teaching Civil Procedure, Evidence, Federal Courts and Constitutional Law. He is the author of four books and over 20 law review articles on diverse areas of constitutional law and procedure. His most recent book is Madison’s Music: On Reading the First Amendment (The New Press, 2015).

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The School of Law at the University of California, Berkeley is one of 14 schools and colleges at the University of California, Berkeley. It is consistently ranked as one of the top law schools in the nation. The law school has produced leaders in law, government, and society, including Chief Justice of the United States Earl Warren, Secretary of State of the United States Dean Rusk, American civil rights activist Pauli Murray, California Supreme Court Justice Cruz Reynoso, president and founder of the Equal Justice Society Eva Paterson, United States Northern District of California Judge Thelton Henderson, and Attorney General of the United States Edwin Meese.

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