12 - 1:15 p.m.
UNM School of Law Forum
UNM Law Professor Chris Fritz will talk about his new book, American Sovereigns: The People and America's Constitutional Tradition Before the Civil War to the law school community. (See November 2007 Archives)
In the 440-page book published by Cambridge University Press, Fritz challenges traditional American constitutional history, theory and jurisprudence, which trace the country's constitutionalism to the 1787 Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia. Rather, Fritz examines how debates both before and after the convention, about government action, law and the people's political powers revealed Americans struggling to understand how a collective sovereign — the people — could both play the role as the ruler and yet be ruled by governments of their own choosing.
Following his talk, he will answer questions. Lunch will be served at the noontime event.