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Respected legal scholar Erwin Chemerinsky returns to the ALOUD stage for a timely discussion on constitutional law. As the state of our democracy is being undermined by a president that behaves more like an autocrat—what does this mean for our constitution, our home, our land? Chemerinsky, the Dean of Berkeley Law and the Jesse H. Choper Distinguished Professor of Law, has taught at law schools across the country from the University of California, Irvine to Duke, USC, DePaul, and UCLA. He is the author of eleven books, including leading casebooks and treatises about constitutional law, criminal procedure, federal jurisdiction, and most recently, We the People: A Progressive Reading of the Constitution for the Twenty-First Century. Listen in to this fascinating conversation with one of today’s leading authorities in legal education about how politics in America is redefining our laws—or lack thereof.

Erwin Chemerinsky

Erwin Chemerinsky is the 13th Dean of Berkeley Law. He has authored eleven books, most recently We the People:  A Progressive Reading of the Constitution for the Twenty-First Century, and more than 200 law-review articles. He has argued several cases before the Supreme Court and various circuits of the United States Court of Appeals.


Laurie L. Levenson

Laurie L. Levenson is the David W. Burcham Chair in Ethical Advocacy at Loyola Law School and a Visiting Professor at UCLA School of Law.  She teaches evidence, criminal law, criminal procedure, ethics, anti-terrorism, and white collar crime. Prior to joining the Loyola Law School faculty in 1989, Professor Levenson served for eight years as an Assistant United States Attorney in Los Angeles. While a federal prosecutor, Professor Levenson tried a wide variety of federal criminal cases. Author of numerous books and articles, Professor Levenson lectures regularly throughout the country and internationally. She has been a legal commentator for CBS, CNN, ABC, NBC and NPR, which include a wide range of high-publicity cases—from the O.J. Simpson murder trial to Robert Mueller Investigation and more.


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