Cass R. Sunstein to Speak on Impeachment at Murphy Lecture March 27

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Cass R. Sunstein
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Cass R. Sunstein , Robert Walmsley University Professor at Harvard Law School, will deliver the 2018 William P. Murphy Distinguished Lecture at UNC School of Law on Tues., March 27 at noon in the rotunda. Sunstein’s lecture will discuss the origins of the impeachment clause and its intimate connection with the American Revolution. The talk will also explore the United States’ commitments to self-government and equal dignity of human beings in showing how those commitments produced the American style of impeachment.

Prior to teaching at Harvard Law School, Sunstein served as administrator of the White House Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs from 2009 to 2012. Early in his career, he clerked for Justice Benjamin Kaplan of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court and for Justice Thurgood Marshall of the U.S. Supreme Court. Currently, Sunstein is the founder and director of the Program on Behavioral Economic and Public Policy at Harvard Law School, where he is now researching projects related to group decision-making and the idea of liberty.

Sunstein has been involved in constitution-making and law reform in several nations and has testified before congressional committees on various subjects. His primary areas of interest include Administrative Law, Constitutional Law, Environmental Law and Policy, Employment and Labor Law, and Behavioral Law and Economics.

"We are honored to have Professor Sunstein deliver the prestigious Murphy Lecture this year," says Martin H. Brinkley '92, dean and Arch T. Allen Distinguished Professor of Law. “Professor Sunstein is one of the best known legal scholars in the country. His perspective on the impeachment clause will be of interest to our students and the greater community. We are also honored to have Chancellor Carol L. Folt and Provost Robert Blouin attend this important event at the law school.”

The Murphy Lecture Series was established by the UNC School of Law Class of 1990 to celebrate former faculty member Professor William P. Murphy’s teaching and his work in constitutional law, labor law and civil rights. This lecture series is responsible for bringing noted lawyers, political figures and public advocates to the campus. The hour-long lecture is free and open to the public.

-March 13, 2018

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