Stover Center to host constitutional law expert and author

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b2ap3_thumbnail_3-1-Stover-Blackman-lecture.jpgWaynesburg University’s Stover Center for Constitutional Studies and Moral Leadership will host Josh Blackman, associate professor of law at South Texas College of Law Houston, for a 7:30 p.m. lecture Thursday, March 15. The event, which is open to the public, will be held in Alumni Hall located on the third floor of Miller Hall.

Blackman’s lecture, “Economic Liberty and the Criminal Law,” will explore the U.S. Supreme Court’s divergent perspectives toward economic rights and criminal procedure.

“Professor Blackman’s lecture will highlight a paradox in American Constitutional Law, drawing upon many famous legal examples,” said Dr. Larry Stratton, director of the Stover Center and associate professor of ethics and constitutional law. “Anyone interested in the Rule of Law will find Professor Blackman’s lecture to be fascinating. We are very pleased that this prominent legal scholar and commentator will speak and meet with students at Waynesburg University.”

Blackman specializes in constitutional law, the United States Supreme Court and the intersection of law and technology. He is the author of “Unprecedented: The Constitutional Challenge to Obamacare” and his commentary has appeared in The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, USA Today and L.A. Times, among other national publications.

He is an adjunct scholar at the Cato Institute and is the founder and president of the Harlan Institute, whose mission is to bring a stylized law school experience into the high school classroom to ensure that the next generation of leaders has a proper understanding of America’s most fundamental laws.

Blackman has testified before the House Judiciary Committee on the constitutionality of executive action on immigration and has been named to the “30 Under 30” in Law and Policy by Forbes. Additionally, he served as a clerk for the Honorable Danny J. Boggs on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit and for the Honorable Kim R. Gibson on the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania.

He is a graduate of the George Mason University School of Law.

Founded in 1849 by the Cumberland Presbyterian Church, Waynesburg University is located on a traditional campus in the hills of southwestern Pennsylvania, with three additional sites located in the Pittsburgh region.

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Ashley Wise, Director of University Relations

724-852-7675 or awise@waynesburg.edu