Sponsored by the Office of the Provost, Hobart and William Smith Colleges’ 2016 Constitution Day observance welcomes Eduardo M. Peñalver, the Allan R. Tessler Dean and Professor of Law at Cornell University, who will deliver a talk titled “Varieties of Diversity in Constitutional Lawmaking.”
Peñalver’s talk, which is free and open to the public, will begin at 4:30 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 26 in the Sanford Room of the Warren Hunting Smith Library.
First observed in 2005, Constitution Day commemorates the Sept. 17, 1787, signing of the U.S. Constitution by the 55 delegates to the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia; it was their final meeting. In honor of Constitution Day, the Colleges invite noted scholars and public figures to campus to engage in discussions about the Constitution and related subjects. The holiday was put into law in 2004 as Constitution Day and Citizenship Day.
A widely published author and scholar, Peñalver has extensive experience in property and land use law as well as the intersection of law and religion. His books include “An Introduction to Property Theory” (co-authored with Gregory Alexander), “Property Outlaws” (co-authored with Sonia Katyal), and his most recent, “Property Law: Rules Policies & Practices” (co-authored with Joseph Singer, Bethany Berger and Nestor Davidson).
After earning his B.A from Cornell University and a law degree from Yale Law School, Peñalver studied philosophy and theology as a Rhodes Scholar at Oriel College, Oxford. After law school, Peñalver clerked for Judge Guido Calabresi of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, and at the U.S. Supreme Court for Justice John Paul Stevens. He returned to Cornell to teach in 2006 and became the Dean of the Law School in 2014.
Recent Constitution Day speakers at HWS include Jacqueline Stevens, professor of political science and legal students at Northwestern University, Sidney M. Milkis, the White Burkett Miller Professor of Politics and Faculty Associate at the Miller Center; Joel B. Grossman, Johns Hopkins University political science professor; and Justin Wert, associate professor of political science at the University of Oklahoma.