College of Law

Stranahan Lecture Series

Reviving the Classical Legal Tradition: Common Good Constitutionalism

Ardian VermeuleTuesday, Sept. 13, 2022 | Noon-1 p.m.
Professor Adrian Vermeule

What is the classical legal tradition and what relevance does it have for American public law today? Professor Adrian Vermeule suggests that the tradition is still very much with us, and that it helps to make sense of the Founders’ jurisprudential commitments and our current public law. He will argue that the classical tradition both can and should be explicitly recovered to improve American public law and legal theory.

Adrian Vermeule is the Ralph S. Tyler Professor of Constitutional Law at Harvard Law School and serves on the Council of the Administrative Conference of the United States. He was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2012. One of the most prolific scholars in the legal academy, he is the author or co-author of eleven books, and his most recent is “Common Good Constitutionalism” (Polity Books 2022).

Originalism and Original Sins: Reevaluating the founding

Stephen SachsMonday, Oct. 17, 2022 | Noon-1 p.m.
Professor Stephen E. Sachs

Along with the rise of originalism in American law, the past few decades have seen a broad moral reevaluation of the founding era. How should American lawyers and citizens approach the Constitution and its authors? This lecture will discuss how we should understand the Founders’ historical legacy, and how the Constitution they wrote might remain binding today, in law and also in conscience.

Stephen E. Sachs is the Antonin Scalia Professor of Law at Harvard Law School, where he teaches civil procedure, conflict of laws, and seminars on constitutional law. His research focuses on the law and theory of constitutional interpretation, the jurisdiction of state and federal courts, the history of procedure and private law and the role of the general common law in the U.S. legal system. He is an elected member of the American Law Institute (ALI), an adviser to the ALI’s project on the “Restatement of the Law (Third), Conflict of Laws,” and a founding member of the Academic Freedom Alliance. Sachs previously taught at Duke University School of Law and was a visiting professor at the University of Chicago Law School. Before entering academia, he practiced in the Washington, D.C., litigation group of Mayer Brown LLP, and he clerked for Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr., as well as for Judge Stephen F. Williams of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit.

About the lecture

These free, public lectures are 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. 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 on the main level of the Law Center — located at 1825 West Rocket Drive, immediately inside the UToledo West Entrance off of Secor Road and south of Bancroft Street. Free guest parking is available for this event, but only in designated spaces within Parking Area 12W. Look for the cones and parking attendant for the designated area. Metered parking is also available within marked spaces facing the Center for Performing Arts. Metered rates can be found at the payment kiosk or the ParkUToledo website.

Last Updated: 8/16/22