The evolution of constitutional federalism

Asso­ciate pro­fessor of polit­ical sci­ence Michael Tolley spent his Con­sti­tu­tion Day lec­ture exam­ining why “fed­er­alism is the car­dinal ques­tion of Amer­ican con­sti­tu­tional law,” as former Pres­i­dent Woodrow Wilson once put it. His lec­ture coin­cided with the day com­mem­o­rating the for­ma­tion and signing of the U.S. Con­sti­tu­tion 228 years ago.

3Qs: The lasting impact of historic Gideon ruling

Monday marks the 50th anniver­sary of the U.S. Supreme Court’s his­toric ruling that indi­gent crim­inal defen­dants have a con­sti­tu­tional right to a court-​​appointed lawyer. But this fair trail right is viewed as more aspi­ra­tional than oper­a­tional, according to law pro­fessor Daniel Medwed.