College of Law

Book Launch & Lecture

Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2020
Noon-1 p.m.
McQuade Law Auditorium

Professor Lee Strang

"Originalism’s Promise: A Natural Law Account of the American Constitution"

Professor Lee J. Strang
John W. Stoepler Professor of Law and Values
The University of Toledo College of Law

Celebrate the release of "Originalism’s Promise: A Natural Law Account of the American Constitution"(Cambridge University Press 2019) by Professor Lee J. Strang. In his lecture, Strang will provide the first natural law justification for an originalist interpretation of the U.S. Constitution. He will describe his practical explanation of originalism, including the most detailed theory of precedent in the literature. 

 The foundation of the American legal system is its longstanding written Constitution. However, a contentious debate exists among Americans about how we should interpret our common Constitution. Strang’s lecture will help all Americans better understand their own Constitution and show why their faithfulness to it, its Framers, and its legal system, is supported by sound reasons. 

 A prolific scholar, Professor Strang has published dozens of articles in the fields of constitutional law and interpretation, property law, and religion and the First Amendment. In 2015, Strang was a visiting scholar at the Georgetown Center for the Constitution. Strang was the recipient of The University of Toledo Outstanding Faculty Research and Scholarship Award in 2017. During the 2018-2019 academic year, he was a visiting fellow at the James Madison Program at Princeton University. Strang holds degrees from Loras College (B.A.), the University of Iowa College of Law (J.D.), and Harvard Law School (LL.M.).

Free and open to the public. Food and drink will be provided. Book sales and signing to follow.


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 12. See the parking attendant to be directed to 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. Review section 3A of the UToledo campus map for more information.


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