CLE: The Natural Law Challenge to Conservative Jurisprudence

04/16/2013 - 11:45am

This program is approved for 1.5 CLE credits.

This presentation, co-sponsored by the St. Thomas More Society and the William S. Boyd School of Law, will focus on natural law as compared to conservative jurisprudence with Professor Arkes and Professor McAffee discussing the differences and basis for each respectively. Natural law is a view that certain rights are inherent by virtue of human nature and is cited as influential in the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution of the United States. A version of this presentation has been given at both Harvard and Princeton law schools.

Lunch will be served at 11:30 a.m. The proram will start at 12:00 p.m.


Hadley Arkes is the Edward Ney Professor of Jurisprudence and American Institutions at Amherst College, where he has taught since 1966. He has written five books, including his most recent, National Rights and the Right to Choose, published by the Princeton University Press in 2002. He is founder and a member of the Committee for the American Founding, a group seeking to preserve the doctrines of natural rights exposited by the American Founders.

Thomas McAffee is the William S. Boyd Professor of Law at UNLV’s Boyd School of Law. Professor McAffee teaches in the areas of constitutional law, American legal history, statutory interpretation, jurisprudence, legal argument and legal writing and reasoning. His book, Inherent Rights, the Written Constitution, and Popular Sovereignty: The Founders’ Understanding, was published in 2000.


12:00-12:05 p.m. Introductions
12:05-12:25 p.m. Professor Arkes presenting an overview of natural law
12:25-12:45 p.m. Professor McAffee presenting natural law as compared to conservative jurisprudence
12:45-1:25 p.m. Discussion and Questions and Answers
1:25-1:30 p.m. Closing Remarks



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