Area educator to discuss Constitutional checks, impact on Supreme Court nominations

By UW-Barron County

Eric Kasper, a U.S. Constitution expert and associate professor of political science and director of the Center for Constitutional Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, will give a presentation at UW-Barron County on September 14, entitled: “An Excellent Check: The Constitutional Design of Supreme Court Appointments.” His talk is part of UW-Barron County’s Thursday’s @ the U Lecture and Performance Series and will be held in the Blue Hills Lecture Hall from 12 (noon) to 12:50 p.m., at 1800 College Dr., Rice Lake.

Kasper will examine the 1787 Constitutional Convention and subsequent ratification debates to reveal that the framers emphasized five factors when deliberating the structure of judicial appointments: nominee quality, nominee political beliefs, nominee representativeness, public input and feedback, and presidential/Senate checks and balances. He will highlight the recent Merrick Garland and Neil Gorsuch nominations as examples that embody the factors the Constitution’s framers emphasized.

Kasper has authored law review and political science journal articles in addition to writing four books, including To Secure the Liberty of the People: James Madison’s Bill of Rights and the Supreme Court’s Interpretation and Impartial Justice: The Real Supreme Court Cases that Define the Constitutional Right to a Neutral and Detached Decision-maker. He also serves as the municipal judge in Rice Lake.

The Thursdays @ the U series is free and open to the public. It is sponsored by the UW-Barron County Foundation. For more information, call the campus at 715-234-8176.



Brian Becker