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The Clough Center for the Study of Constitutional Democracy

The Trump Administration & the Constitution

The Trump Administration and the Constitution


Wednesday, September 13, 2017 • 12:00 p.m.
East Wing 120
Boston College Law School

Lunch will be provided.


  • George Brown, Law, Boston College
  • Daniel Kanstroom, Law, Boston College
  • Heather Richardson, History, Boston College
  • Kay Schlozman, Political Science, Boston College
  • Moderator: Vincent Rougeau, Dean, Law, Boston College


about the panelists

George Brown

George Brown is the Robert Drinan, S.J., Professor of Law. Most recently he served as Interim Dean of the Law School, 2010-2011. He is a specialist in the field of federal-state relations and government ethics. In both areas he draws on his extensive experience in state government. He has served as Legislative Assistant to the Governor of Massachusetts and as Assistant Attorney General of Massachusetts. In 1994, Governor William Weld appointed him Chair of the Massachusetts State Ethics Commission. In the field of federal-state relations, Professor Brown is best known for his articles on the jurisdiction of federal courts and on the federal grant-in-aid system. He has also served as Chair of the Section on Federal Courts of the Association of American Law Schools. Read more about George Brown 

Daniel Kanstroom

Daniel Kanstroom is Professor of Law, Thomas F. Carney Distinguished Scholar, Director of the International Human Rights Program, and an Associate Director of the Boston College Center for Human Rights and International Justice. He teaches Immigration and Refugee Law, International Human Rights Law, Constitutional Law, Administrative Law, and the International Human Rights Semester in Practice. Professor Kanstroom was the founder of the Boston College Immigration and Asylum clinic in which students represent indigent noncitizens and asylum-seekers. Together with his students, he has won many high-profile immigration and asylum cases and has provided counsel for hundreds of clients over more than a decade. He and his students have also written amicus briefs for the U.S. Supreme Court, organized innumerable public presentations in schools, churches, community centers, courts and prisons, and have advised many community groups. He was a co-founder of the Immigration Spring Break Trips, where students work on immigration law cases during their Spring Break. Professor Kanstroom’s newest initiative, the Post-Deportation Human Rights Project, seeks to conceptualize and develop a new field of law while representing US deportees abroad and undertaking empirical study of the effects of deportation on families and communities. Read more about Daniel Kanstroom.

Heather Cox Richardson

Heather Cox Richardson is a political historian and author of five books, including To Make Men Free: A History of the Republican Party and West from Appomattox: The Reconstruction of America After the Civil War. She has appeared on C-SPAN and has contributed to Salon, BloombergBBCthe New York Times, Washington Post, Chicago Tribune, and Huffington Post, among other media. She is also the founder and co-editor of the web magazine We’re History. Read more about Hearther Richardson.

Kay Lehman Schlozman

Kay Lehman Schlozman teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in American politics - among them, Parties and Elections in America, Inequality and Politics, and Gender and Politics. Her research focus is citizen participation in American politics. She also has expertise in broad areas of American political life; parties and elections, interest groups, voting and public opinion, political movements, money in politics, and the gender gap in citizen political activity. Schlozman is the co-author of five books, including The Unheavenly Chorus: Unequal Political Voice and the Broken Promise of American Democracy. Read more about Kay Schlozman.


about the Moderator

Vincent D. Rougeau

Vincent D. Rougeau became Dean of Boston College Law School on July 1, 2011. He previously served as a professor of law at Notre Dame, and served as their Associate Dean for Academic Affairs from 1999-2002. He received his A.B. magna cum laude from Brown University in 1985, and his J.D. from Harvard Law School in 1988, where he served as articles editor of the Harvard Human Rights Journal. Read more about Vincent Rougeau.