Constitutional Scholar Geoffrey Stone to Speak at John Hart Ely Lecture


University of Chicago Law Professor Geoffrey Stone, a leading constitutional scholar, will give the John Hart Ely Lecture at Miami Law on Feb. 4. Professor Stone, the Edward H. Levi Distinguished Service Professor at Chicago, plans to discuss "The Supreme Court and Conservative Judicial Activism."

Professor Stone's book Perilous Times: Free Speech in Wartime from the Sedition Act of 1798 to the War on Terrorism (2004) received the Robert F. Kennedy Book Award for 2005, the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for 2004 as the best book in the field of history, the American Political Science Association's Kammerer Award for 2005 for the best book in political science, and Harvard University's 2005 Goldsmith Award for the best book in the field of public affairs. He is chief editor of a 15-volume series, Inalienable Rights, published by the Oxford University Press, and is working on a new book, Sexing the Constitution, which will explore the historical evolution in western culture of the intersection of sex, religion, and law. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the American Constitution Society, the National Advisory Council of the American Civil Liberties Union, the American Law Institute, and the Straight for Equality Project of Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays, as well as a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the American Philosophical Society.

Through this lecture series, Miami Law is proud to remember and honor John Hart Ely, a member of its faculty from 1996 to 2003, and the first holder of the Richard Hausler Distinguished Faculty Chair. The late Professor Ely was a renowned constitutional scholar whose work continues to have a tremendous impact on legal scholarship. Over the course of a long career at Yale, Harvard, Stanford and Miami, Ely created a remarkable body of writing — insightful, elegant and powerful. He is the fourth most-often cited American legal scholar. His book Democracy and Distrust is regarded as one of the most important tomes about American constitutional law published in the twentieth century.

The Feb. 4 lecture will begin at 5:30 p.m. in room 352 of the University of Miami School of Law, on the Coral Gables campus, and will be followed by a reception in the law school's Alma Jennings Foundation Student Lounge.