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Christendom: The Morality of Original Meaning
August 30, 2022
On August 30, 2022, the Tocqueville Forum at Christendom College will be hosting a lecture and seminar on “The Morality of Original Meaning” with Professor J. Joel Alicea (Catholic University of America):
Alicea will be discussing the morality of original meaning, emphasizing the importance of consent or authorization in the context of classical legal thought. His lecture is, in some ways, a response to Adrian Vermeule’s “common good” constitutionalism.
Tuesday, August 30, 2022
J. Joel Alicea is Co-Director of the Project on Constitutional Originalism and the Catholic Intellectual Tradition and Assistant Professor of Law at the Columbus School of Law at Catholic University of America. He joined the law faculty in 2020 after having practiced law for several years at the law firm of Cooper & Kirk, PLLC, where he specialized in constitutional litigation. He previously served as a law clerk for Justice Samuel A. Alito Jr., on the United States Supreme Court and for Judge Diarmuid F. O’Scannlain on the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.
Professor Alicea’s scholarship has focused on constitutional theory. His scholarship has appeared, or is forthcoming, in the Virginia Law Review, Notre Dame Law Review, University of Pennsylvania Journal of Constitutional Law, and the Harvard Journal of Law & Public Policy, among other publications. He has also been active in public debates about constitutional law, publishing essays in journals such as National Affairs and The Public Discourse.
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