From the 2006 News Archive
Distinguished Visiting Professor Max Stearns to deliver April 20 lecture on "The Political Economy of the Roberts Court"
, Professor of Law at George Mason University, will deliver the Distinguished Visiting Professor Lecture "The Political Economy of the Roberts Court"
on Thursday, April 20
at 3 p.m. in the Ceremonial Moot Court Room
In this lecture, Professor Stearns will extend his social choice analysis of the Supreme Court to evaluate how the political economy of the Roberts Court, including its changing personnel and the present composition of federal circuit courts, will likely affect constitutional doctrine, standing, and justiciability.
Professor Stearns has authored numerous scholarly articles, published in such journals as the Yale Law Journal, the University of Pennsylvania Law Review, the California Law Review
, and the Stanford Law Review
, in which he applies public choice, social choice, and game theory to anomalous features of constitutional law and legal policy. In addition to a course book for law students on public choice theory, Professor Stearns also has published Constitutional Process: A Social Choice Analysis of Supreme Court Decision Making
(University of Michigan Press, 2000). In Constitutional Process
, Professor Stearns uses social choice theory to analyze seemingly problematical aspects of Supreme Court decision making. In an Afterword to the 2002 paperback edition, he extends his thesis to provide insights into the landmark 2001 Supreme Court decision, Bush v. Gore.
He is presently a Distinguished Visiting Professor of Law at the University of Maryland for the 2005-2006 academic year and will join this faculty on a permanent basis as a Professor of Law in the Fall of 2006.