As a service to its alumni and friends, the College of Law is happy to provide free CLE credits during the 2013-2014 academic year as it provides a wonderful opportunity to use the facility and reconnect. While we are able to offer the CLE course to Alumni of the College at no cost, all other attendees will be asked to pay a $20 fee at the door, exact change is required. All attendees are responsible for costs related to parking. For more information on where to park, please see below.
A Progressive Constitutional Vision: What South Africa Can Teach the United States
The American Constitution Society present:
Speaker: Mark Kende, James Madison Chair in Constitutional Law at Drake Law School
DATE: Wednesday, October 23, 2013
TIME: 4:00 - 5:00pm
College of Law, Room 111
Approved for 1 CLE credit hour
The South African Constitutional Court has issued internationally prominent decisions abolishing the death penalty, enforcing socio-economic rights, allowing gay marriage and supporting substantive equality. These decisions are striking given the country’s apartheid past and the absence of a grand human rights tradition. By contrast, the U.S. Supreme Court has generally ruled more conservatively on similar questions. This presentation will examine the Constitutional Court and determine how it has functioned during South Africa’s transition, as well comparing its rulings to those of the U.S. Supreme Court on similar rights issues. The presentation will also address the arguments of those scholars who have suggested that constitutional courts cannot generally bring about social change. In the end, the presentation will highlight a transformative pragmatic method of constitutional interpretation – a method the U.S. Supreme Court could employ.