College of Law

Stranahan Lecture Series

Thursday, august 30, 2018
Noon-1 pm
McQuade Law Auditorium

Professor Saikrishna B. Prakash

“Executive Power in the Age of Trump”

Professor Saikrishna B. Prakash
The University of Virginia School of Law

Saikrishna B. Prakash, the James Monroe Distinguished Professor of Law and the Paul G. Mahoney Research Professor of Law at the University of Virginia School of Law, will speak on the modern presidency and its ability to unilaterally alter the law it is supposed to faithfully execute. Prakash will examine why modern executives claim the ability to alter constitutional and statutory law through the alchemy of repeated transgressions of existing law. He will argue this ability has contributed to President Trump's dominant role in constitutional and statutory interpretation.

“Professor Prakash is at the heart of the debate over one of the pressing issues of our time—the power of the President,” said Lee J. Strang, John W. Stoepler Professor of Law & Values. “He is one of the nation’s most influential executive power scholars, and he is an engaging speaker. Professor Prakash’s lecture will focus on the expansion of presidential power and its implications for the future. His informed perspective is sure to provoke debate and conversation.”

The author of over 60 articles, Professor Prakash is a leading scholar of constitutional law and legal history. His recent publications include "50 States, 50 Attorneys General and 50 Approaches to the Duty to Defend" (Yale Law Journal, 2015), "The Imbecilic Executive" (Virginia Law Review, 2013), "The Sweeping Domestic War Powers of Congress" (Michigan Law Review, 2015), and Imperial from the Beginning: The Constitution of the Original Executive (Yale University Press, 2015). Prakash teaches constitutional law, foreign relations law, and presidential powers. He is a graduate of Stanford University and Yale Law School, and he clerked for Justice Clarence Thomas.

About the Lecture

The free, public lecture is a part of the Stranahan National Issues Forum and is sponsored by the College of Law and its chapter of the Federalist Society for Law and Public Policy Studies. Food and drink will be provided. For a list of guest speakers and lecture videos from previous years, please visit our past speakers page. For questions about the Stranahan Lecture Series, please contact Professor Lee J. Strang.


McQuade Law Auditorium is within the Law Center, which is located at 1825 West Rocket Drive (immediately inside the UT West Entrance off Secor Road and south of Bancroft Street). Free parking is available in Parking Area 12 (lot adjacent to the law school) and Parking Area 25 (lot off Secor Road, next to the Gateway and behind Rocket Hall) with no ticketing except for metered, reserved or handicap spaces.


Last Updated: 8/27/18