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Call a Convention to Amend the Constitution

Wednesday, December 7th 2016
06:45 - 08:30 PM
Kaufman Center
129 West 67th Street
New YorkNY

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Almost everyone can think of something they would like to change in the U.S. Constitution.  Some would like to update it to fit new technologies and evolving social mores.  Others think the Supreme Court has illegitimately “updated” it too much already, and would like to restore its original meaning.  Either way, it is always tempting to invoke Article V to amend the Constitution — to “fix" it, or “restore" it, or “improve" it.  But, on the other hand, there is a substantial risk to tinkering with the Constitution:  many amendments seem to have unintended consequences.  And calling a convention for proposing amendments is even riskier, because it has never been done before — and it might inadvertently put the entire constitutional structure up for grabs.  Is it worth the risk?  Should the states call a convention to amend the Constitution?

Presented in partnership with the National Constitution Center

The Debaters

For the motion

Lawrence Lessig

Professor, Harvard Law & Founder, Mayday PAC

Lawrence Lessig is the Roy L. Furman Professor of Law and Leadership at Harvard Law School, director of the Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics at Harvard... Read More

Mark Meckler

President, Citizens for Self Governance & Co-Founder, Tea Party Patriots

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Against the motion

David Super

Professor, Georgetown Law

David Super is a professor at the Georgetown University Law Center, specializing in administrative law, health law, legislation (including the federal... Read More

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