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17th Annual Dean Alfange Jr. Lecture in American Constitutionalism with Professor Lee Epstein

The Department of Political Science with Program in Legal Studies hosted the 17th annual Dean Alfange Jr. Lecture in American Constitutionalism with Professor Lee Epstein, Ethan A.H. Shepley Distinguished University Professor at Washington University.

Senate confirmation hearings for U.S. Supreme Court justices are often contentious because Americans understand that who serves on the Court matters. Especially in highly salient constitutional cases, the justices often divide along partisan and ideological grounds. What (if any) reforms should be implemented to tame politics in the Senate and on the Court is a question of contemporary importance—and one that the Alfange lecture will address. Lee Epstein is the Ethan A.H. Shepley Distinguished University Professor at Washington University in St. Louis. Her research and teaching interests center on law and legal institutions, especially the behavior of judges. A recipient of 12 grants from the National Science Foundation, Epstein has authored or co-authored more than 100 articles and essays and 18 books. Her empirical research is frequently cited in the New York Times, among other news media. (UMass Amherst, 11/16/2021)

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