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Release: Nov. 15, 2001

Respected legal scholar Robert Post to give Tamisiea Lecture Friday

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Professor Robert C. Post, First Amendment theorist and constitutional law scholar at the University of California-Berkeley, will discuss dissents in historic rulings by the U.S. Supreme Court in cases like "Bush v. Gore" and other landmark cases decided by the High Court during his lecture, "The History of Dissent on the U.S. Supreme Court," at 4 p.m. Friday, Nov. 16 at the Levitt Auditorium at the College of Law. The lecture is free and open to the public.

Speaking of Post's upcoming Tamisiea Lecture, UI College of Law Dean N. William Hines stated, "This is a rare chance to hear one of the nation's foremost constitutional law scholars speak on an often overlooked element of U.S. Supreme Court jurisprudence—dissents that frequently foreshadow shifts in the High Court's interpretation of the U.S. Constitution.

Post's visit and lecture is timely as constitutional scholars and other historians continue to debate the role of the court in the controversial 2000 presidential election. Contested issues include whether politics affect the justices and the court and whether the court engaged in improper judicial activism in agreeing to hear the "Bush v. Gore" case.

Post is nationally known and respected as an authority on the Supreme Court, having taught constitutional law and other courses at the University of California-Berkeley's Boalt Hall law school since 1983. He is a former clerk for U.S. Supreme Court Justice William J. Brennan Jr. and has written and co-edited numerous books and law review articles, including "Constitutional Domains," "Race and Representation: Affirmative Action," and "Equality and Autonomy in First Amendment Jurisprudence."

The Frank and Hugh J. Tamisiea Lecture program enables distinguished judges, lawyers and legal scholars to visit the UI for public discussions on a range of law-related topics. The Tamisiea Lectures were instituted at the College of Law in 1989 by the Tamisiea family in memory of Frank and Hugh J. Tamisiea, father and son UI law school graduates.