Will state constitutions become the primary source of individual rights?
Akhil Reed Amar is Sterling Professor of Law and Political Science at Yale University where he teaches constitutional law at both Yale College and Yale Law School. His work has won awards from the American Bar Association and the Federalist Society, and he has been cited by Supreme Court justices across the spectrum in more than 45 cases. In his most recent book, The Words that Made Us, Professor Amar unites history and law in a narrative of the biggest constitutional questions early Americans confronted.
Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court Justice Scott Kafker has served on the bench since 2017. He has also served as deputy chief legal counsel to Governor William F. Weld and served as Chief Justice of the Massachusetts Appeals Court from July 2015 to August 2017. Justice Kafker taught state constitutional law at Boston College Law School from 2009 to 2015 and continues to teach and present on the topic.
Distinguished Professor of Law Emeritus Robert F. Williams teaches in the Rutgers School of Law and serves as director of the school’s Center for Constitutional Studies. His books include: The Law of American State Constitutions (2009); The New Jersey State Constitution (2d Ed. 2012) and State Constitutional Law, Cases and Materials (Fourth Edition, 2006). Professor Williams’ newly released The New Jersey State Constitution is an overview of New Jersey’s constitutional history, providing an in-depth analysis of the entire constitution and detailing the many significant changes that have been made since its initial drafting.