Georgetown Law’s Center for the Constitution Summer Seminar: Originalism Bootcamp

Georgetown Law’s Center for the Constitution Summer Seminar: Originalism Bootcamp

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I had a friend who did this last year
and really enjoyed it just seeing the lineup of speakers
started to really attract my attention I’ve really been looking forward to
learning more, and taking a deeper dive into originalism learning all the intricacies of it I’ve always been interested in originalism as a judicial philosophy and
I really wanted to know kind of the nitty-gritty of
what it was as a theory so that was my hope in this bootcamp. we’ve decided to try
to recruit some of the best law students from around the country to come to
Georgetown and be exposed to the cutting-edge state-of-the-art
approach to what originalism is and how it should best be practiced I definitely
didn’t really know what originalism was ahead of time and just getting to hear
from so many different originalism positions not just one vein of
originalism but its way thicker and way more rich than I thought I mean there’s
competing theories of what the actual truest form of originalism is, there’s competing
theories about what to do with originalism I’m someone who’s interested
in strategic litigation and appellate litigation. That is particularly why also
want to understand how lawyers and judges can use originalism. I was interested in how to actually practice it, I mean theories one thing but
sometimes there’s a disconnect between theory and practice. Our lunch presentation from justice Lee was fascinating He was talking to us about the use
of corpus linguistics which is kind of using like research databases in order
to help determine the original public meaning in usage. We had practitioners,
historians, we had a philosopher of law talk about originalism, so I thought that was very useful to hear all these different perspectives. Without a doubt the thing the most excited me about the bootcamp was
getting to meet the Supreme Court justices I mean we get to meet justice
Gorsuch, Justice Thomas, and Justice Alito Seeing the supreme court justices is
great I think I’m still a little bit shaky, just from all the excitement going in there Hearing about how the Supreme Court works behind the scenes and how
the justices interact with each other was really interesting. We are really looking for people we think are going to be the intellectual
and practitioning movers and shakers in the future. I probably never met such
accomplished group of students. Part of its intimidating because there’s a
really good group of people here. Many of our students have done judicial
clerkships are going to be doing judicial clerkships so they will
actually be assisting judges and writing opinion, and their knowledge of
originalism could come in handy when that happens. I would like to clerk and I
think all the tools that were given here will help to enable me to do a good job
for my judge. Understanding how to read the Constitution is a really basic part
of being a successful clerk so having a clear theory of how to interpret the
Constitution I think will benefit me. All in all I just I feel like I have a much
better grounding and what originalism really is. Both the theory and the
practical application as well as some of the newer developments. The array of
speakers and everything we had we’ve been feeling much more confident and
what I do know about originalism, but also inspired to learn more

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