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The Constitution in 2020—A book edited by Jack Balkin and Reva Siegel


Jack Balkin and Reva Siegel, Editors
The Constitution in 2020
Oxford University Press, 2009

In April 2005, a group of Yale professors organized a conference at Yale Law School designed to produce a new progressive agenda for constitutional law. That event inspired The Constitution in 2020, a compilation of articles edited by Jack Balkin, Knight Professor of Constitutional Law and the First Amendment, and Reva B. Siegel ‘86, Nicholas deB. Katzenbach Professor of Law. In their introduction to the volume, Balkin and Siegel argue that because the Constitution is always a work in progress, the people of each generation have an obligation to build on the best of the past and redeem the document’s great promises in their own time. The public and social movements play an important role through processes of democratic constitutionalism: “In a democratic society,” Balkin and Siegel write, “courts best perform their institutional role as partners in a larger dialogue: they respond to popular visions of the Constitution’s values and help to translate these values into law.”

Articles by contributors span a wide range of issues, from presidential power and social welfare rights to religious liberty, voting, reproductive rights, and the challenge of new technologies. Contributors include Yale Law School Dean Robert Post ’77 as well as YLS alumni and professors Bruce Ackerman ’67, David Cole ’84, William N. Eskridge, Jr. ’78, Noah Feldman ’97, William E. Forbath ’83, former YLS Dean Harold Hongju Koh, Vicki C. Jackson ’75, Dawn E. Johnson ’86, Pamela S. Karlan ’84, Goodwin Liu ’98, Tracey L. Meares, Rachel F. Moran ’81, Judith Resnik, and Mark Tushnet ’71; along with a group of distinguished scholars including Yochai Benkler, William E. Forbath, Richard T. Ford, Larry Kramer, William P. Marshall, Frank Michelman, Cass R. Sunstein, and Robin West.