Richard Epstein: Our Implied Constitution

Join us for the 2017 Peterson Lecture at Willamette Law.

Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2017
5 to 7 p.m. (Reception from 5 to 5:30 p.m., Lecture from 5:30 to 7 p.m.)

Free and open to the public.

Truman Wesley Collins Legal Center Room 201
245 Winter Street SE
Salem, Oregon 97301

Richard Epstein, renowned legal scholar and professor at New York University School of Law, will give the 2017 Peterson Lecture, titled "Our Implied Constitution." Epstein will share his views on whether it is possible, and if so, how, to isolate the original public meaning of key terms in the Constitution. He will cover topics including the power of the police, the doctrine of unconstitutional conditions, and the distribution of powers in the conduct of foreign affairs.

Epstein is considered to be one of the most influential thinkers in legal academia and is well known for his articles on various legal and interdisciplinary subjects. He joined the faculty at NYU School of Law in 2010, and in 2013, became the founding director of the Classical Liberal Institute there. He has served as the Peter and Kirstin Bedford Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution since 2000.

The lecture is made possible by the Ken and Claudia Peterson Foundation. The Petersons endowed the lecture series in order to give attorneys, judges and students access to cutting-edge legal scholars.


Visitors may park in any lot on the Willamette University campus past 3 p.m. for no charge. There are also metered spaces located along Winter Street, within close walking distance of the Truman Wesley Collins Legal Center.

For more information, contact Reyna Meyers at (503) 370-6046 or

Willamette University

Marisa Walker

Oregon Civic Justice Center
Willamette College of Law
245 Winter Street SE
Salem Oregon 97301 U.S.A.

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