October 3, 2019: Renowned Impeachment Expert Cass Sunstein to Speak at Free State Bar Association Continuing Legal Education Event

Cass R. Sunstein, author of Impeachment: A Citizen's Guide and the Robert Walmsley University Professor at Harvard University, will be the featured speaker at a free Continuing Legal Education (CLE) event co-sponsored by the New York State Bar Association (NYSBA).

The program, “Impeachment: A Guide to the Legal Process and Its History,” will take place Oct. 15 from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Fordham University School of Law. The TED-style talk will be moderated by NYSBA President Hank Greenberg and will feature a question-and-answer session. 

Attorneys, law students, media and members of the public are all invited to attend. The event will be co-sponsored by Fordham University School of Law and the New York State Writers Institute at the University of Albany. The event will also be livestreamed.

“The State Bar seeks to educate the profession, the public and policymakers on important issues in the law and government,” said Greenberg.  “Cass Sunstein is nationally recognized as one of the preeminent experts on the impeachment process. We are privileged to offer this important educational program.”

“As we all follow the impeachment inquiry in the House of Representatives, it is important that we understand this rarely used, but critically important feature of our constitutional structure,” said Dean Matthew Diller of Fordham Law School. “There is no one better able to shed light on this issue than Cass Sunstein, one of the leading scholars of his generation who also has deep experience working in the White House. Fordham Law is grateful to NYSBA for partnering with us in presenting this program.” 

“We are pleased to partner with the New York State Bar Association to bring Cass Sunstein, one of the nation's foremost legal scholars, to Fordham University School of Law to offer a presentation on one of the most pressing matters facing our democracy at this time,” said Paul Grondahl, director of the New York State Writers Institute at the University at Albany. "We look forward to hearing Professor Sunstein's discussion about his important book, Impeachment: A Citizen's Guide.  This is a timely and vital discussion that will illuminate the process of impeachment. Professor Sunstein's lecture and the conversations it will spur represent a public service in the truest sense of the word.”

Sunstein specializes in constitutional law, regulatory policy, and economic analysis of law. He is by far the most cited law professor in the United States. He has written for many newspapers and magazines, including The New York Times, The Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, The Boston Globe, and Time.  He is a columnist for Bloomberg Opinion. He has appeared on many national television and radio shows, including “Nightline,” “Fox News,” “ABC World News,” “NBC Nightly News,” and “20/20.” 

Sunstein graduated in 1975 from Harvard College and in 1978 from Harvard Law School, magna cum laude. He is the founder and director of the Program on Behavioral Economics and Public Policy at Harvard Law School. He has clerked for Justice Thurgood Marshall of the U.S. Supreme Court. He has worked as an attorney-advisor in the Office of Legal Counsel of the U.S. Department of Justice. From 2009 to 2012, he was administrator of the White House Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs. He is the recipient of the 2018 Holberg Prize from the Norwegian Government, often described as the equivalent of the Nobel Prize for law and the humanities.

Sunstein is the author of many articles and a number of books, including Republic.com, Why Societies Need Dissent, The Second Bill of Rights, Laws of Fear: Beyond the Precautionary Principle, Worst-Case Scenarios, Simpler: The Future of Government, Why Nudge?, and Conspiracy Theories and Other Dangerous Ideas. Copies of Impeachment: A Citizen's Guide will be available at the event.

“Impeachment: A Guide to the Legal Process and Its History”
Tuesday, October 15, 2019 - 6 p.m. – 7 p.m.
Fordham University School of Law, Constantino Room, 2nd floor
150 West 62nd Street, New York, NY

To register, and for CLE credit information, please visit www.nysba.org/ImpeachmentCLE.

If you have any questions about this CLE program, please contact Thomas Richards, deputy general counsel, director of public interest, or Patrick Boland, CLE program manager.

About the New York State Bar Association
The New York State Bar Association is the largest voluntary state bar association in the nation. Since 1876, NYSBA has helped shape the development of law, educated and informed the legal profession and the public, and championed the rights of New Yorkers through advocacy and guidance in our communities.


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