Sanford Levinson, who holds the W. St. John Garwood and W. St. John Garwood, Jr., Centennial Chair in Law, joined the University of Texas Law School in 1980. Previously a member of the Department of Politics at Princeton University, he is also a professor in the Department of Government at the University of Texas. The author of over 350 articles and book reviews in professional and popular journals--and a regular contributor to the popular blog Balkinization--Levinson is also the author of four books, most recently, Framed: America's 51 Constitutions and the Crisis of Governance (2012). He has edited or co-edited numerous books, including a leading constitutional law casebook Processes of Constitutional Decisionmaking (5th ed. 2006). He received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Law and Courts Section of the American Political Science Association in 2010.
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For too long, most members of the legal academy have treated the Second Amendment as the equivalent of an embarrassing relative, whose mention brings a quick change of subject to other, more respectable, family members. That will no longer do.
While the Heller decision has already been deemed of great significance by the legal community, it is too soon to tell what its long term effects may be.
Levinson and Kairys discuss the 2nd Amendment ahead of the U.S. Supreme Court decision on Heller.
Due attention should be paid to text, structure, history, and precedent, but it is also important for the Supreme Court to be sensitive as well to what Justice Holmes called the felt necessities of the time.
One might think that when roughly 90 percent of the American people support enhanced background checks for people who wish to purchase firearms, there would be a good chance that that policy preference would result in legislation.
Critics across the spectrum call the American political system dysfunctional, even pathological. What they dont mention, though, is the role of the Constitution itself in generating the pathology.