Cutler Lecture: Has the Modern Presidency Diverged From Its Constitutional Role?

On March 27, William & Mary Law School will host Saikrishna Prakash, Herzog Research Professor of Law at the University of San Diego School of Law, who will deliver the 2008 Cutler Lecture. Free and open to the public, the talk will be held at 3:30 p.m. in Room 119 of the Law School.

Entitled "A Tale of Two Executives," Prakash's lecture will consider the original understanding of Article II of the United States Constitution as it relates to the execution of laws and foreign affairs. It will then explore whether the modern presidency has diverged from those original expectations by assuming a more minimal role in the execution of laws and a more expansive role in foreign affairs.

Prakash earned his J.D. from Yale Law School, where he was senior editor of the Yale Law Journal and a recipient of the John M. Olin Fellowship in Law, Economics and Public Policy. After law school, Prakash clerked for Judge Laurence H. Silberman of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, and for Justice Clarence Thomas of the U.S. Supreme Court.

As Herzog Research Professor of Law at the University of San Diego School of Law, Prakash teaches constitutional law, administrative law, and securities regulation. In addition to his current position at the University of San Diego, Prakash has held positions as an associate professor at Boston University School of Law and as a visiting professor at the University of Illinois College of Law, Northwestern University School of Law, and the University of Virginia. Prakash has published numerous articles in a host of venues, including the Yale Law Journal and the Virginia Law Review.

The Cutler Lecture series was established in 1927 by James Gould Cutler of Rochester, NY, to provide an annual lecture at William & Mary by "an outstanding authority on the Constitution of the United States." The original series of 16 lectures were held from 1928 to 1944. After a period of dormancy, the Cutler lectures were revived in 1980-81 under the auspices of the Law School, with each lecture published in the William and Mary Law Review.