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9–9:30 am: Registration and Continental Breakfast
9:30–11 am: Program
In an era of expansive presidential power and intense partisanship, should we be rethinking impeachment for the 21st century? Laurence Tribe, one of America's foremost constitutional scholars, discusses the history and future of our democracy’s ultimate sanction and how it should be used now.
In the spring of 1963, a state court judge in Alabama ordered Martin Luther King Jr. and his associates to desist from protesting. King disobeyed the injunction, was jailed, and was later prevented from challenging the constitutionality of the order. In the 1967 case Walker v. City of Birmingham, the Supreme Court upheld the Alabama court’s rulings against King, declaring that “respect for judicial process is a small price to pay for the civilizing hand of law.” Did the Supreme Court rule rightly?