Join us for the Carhart Lecture
Thursday, September 13, 2018, 4:00pm - 5:00pm, Large Moot Courtroom
'Law Is Not Enough'
Presented by: Professor Neil Siegel, Duke Law School
Neil Siegel, the David W. Ichel Professor of Law and Political Science at Duke Law School, will argue that legal restraints on presidents and members of Congress are insufficient by themselves to sustain the normative and public legitimacy of the American constitutional project. Leveraging the role morality, which is widely thought applicable to judges, Siegel will call for the development of a role morality that would apply to federal elected officials. Such a role morality, he suggests, would reduce the alienation that electoral losers feel toward the federal government and would better enable the federal government to execute its basic responsibilities.
At Duke, Siegel teaches law students, undergraduates in its Trinity College and DC Summer Institute, and judges in the Master of Judicial Studies Program. Throughout the year, he offers U.S. Supreme Court updates and other talks at judicial conferences and law firms around the country.
His research and teaching fall in the areas of U.S. constitutional law, constitutional theory and federal courts. Siegel’s scholarship addresses a variety of areas of constitutional law and, in doing so, considers ways in which a methodologically pluralist approach can accommodate changes in society and the needs of American governance while remaining disciplined and bound by the rule of law.