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Varieties of Originalism

Judge Michael McConnell has served on the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals since 2002 and is a professor at the University of Utah, S.J. Quinney College of Law.  Before his elevation to the bench, Judge McConnell was the William B. Graham Professor of Law at the University of Chicago where he earned his J.D. with honors. After clerking for Justice Brennan on the Supreme Court, he served in the Reagan administration as Assistant General Counsel in the Office of Management and Budget, and Assistant to the Solicitor General, arguing eleven cases in the Supreme Court.

Jack Balkin is Knight Professor of Constitutional Law and the First Amendment at Yale Law School. Professor Balkin received his Ph.D. in philosophy from Cambridge University, and his A.B. and J.D. degrees from Harvard University. He served as a clerk for Judge Carolyn Dineen King of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. He is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Professor Balkin writes political and legal commentary at the weblog Balkinization.

Akhil Reed Amar is the Southmayd Professor of Law and Political Science at Yale University, where he teaches constitutional law at both Yale College and Yale Law School. He received his B.A, summa cum laude, in 1980 from Yale College, and his J.D. in 1984 from Yale Law School, where he served as an editor of The Yale Law Journal. After clerking for Judge Stephen Breyer, U.S. Court of Appeals, 1st Circuit, Professor Amar joined the Yale faculty in 1985.