Book Talk: Interpreting Law: A Primer on How to Read Statutes and the Constitution

March 13, 2017

Please join the Lillian Goldman Law Library, American Constitution Society at YLS, and YLS Federalist Society for a Book Talk with Prof. William Eskridge ’78 on his latest book, Interpreting Law: A Primer on How to Read Statutes and the Constitution. Commentary provided by Prof. Heather Gerken.

The event will take place on Wednesday, March 22, 2017, 6:10 - 7:10pm, SLB 128.

Interpreting Law is an accessible introduction to statutory and constitutional interpretation by the nation’s leading legislation scholar. This concise treatise not only identifies the primary “canons” or precepts that guide interpretation, but demonstrates how they operate and interact, as a matter of both practice and evolving aspiration. Unlike earlier academic treatises, which rummage through a potpourri of often arcane Supreme Court decisions, Professor Eskridge’s new book focuses on a statute prohibiting “vehicles” in Lafayette Park, across the street from the White House. Each chapter engages the law student and the experienced practitioner to consider the application of the statute and its statutory and institutional context to a wide and often delightful array of situations. As the preface by Justice John Paul Stevens suggests, the reader will emerge from this book with a deeply enriched understanding of—and excitement about—legal interpretation.

William Eskridge ’78 is the John A. Garver Professor of Jurisprudence at Yale Law School.

Heather Gerken is the J. Skelly Wright Professor of Law at Yale Law School.

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