The Making of an American Originalist with Professor Randy Barnett

Randy E. Barnett the Patrick Hotung Professor of Constitutional Law at the Georgetown University Law Center, recently released his memoir, A Life for Liberty: The Making of An American Originalist. In this Anchoring Truths Podcast episode, Prof. Barnett shares vignettes spanning his entire life from his deeply personal memoir on scholarship and practice, mentorship, his reconciling libertarianism and Natural Law, and his fights against anti-semitism. This memoir is dedicated to Professor Barnett’s grandchildren, but it also intended to serve as a practical guide and inspiration for undergraduate students, law students, and young professionals.

Buy A Life for Liberty here

Here is the link for Barnett’s mentioned essay for Law Liberty.

Links to Henry Veatch’s works Human Rights can be found here and Rational Man here.

Follow Randy E. Barnett here on X. You can also keep up with his writings at his website.

Randy E. Barnett is the Patrick Hotung Professor of Constitutional Law at the Georgetown University Law Center and is the Faculty Director of the Georgetown Center for the Constitution. After graduating from Northwestern University and Harvard Law School, he tried many felony cases as a prosecutor in the Cook County States’ Attorney’s Office in Chicago. A recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship in Constitutional Studies and the Bradley Prize, Professor Barnett has been a visiting professor at Penn, Northwestern and Harvard Law School. Professor Barnett’s publications includes twelve books, more than one hundred articles and reviews, as well as numerous op-eds. His most recent book is The Original Meaning of the Fourteenth Amendment: Its Letter and Spirit (2021) (with Evan Bernick). His other books on the Constitution include: An Introduction to Constitutional Law: 100 Supreme Court Cases Everyone Should Know (2019) (with Josh Blackman); Restoring the Lost Constitution: The Presumption of Liberty (2nd ed. 2013); Our Republican Constitution: Securing the Liberty and Sovereignty of We the People (2016); and Constitutional Law: Cases in Context (4th ed. forthcoming 2022) (with Josh Blackman). His books on contracts are The Oxford Introductions to U.S. Law: Contracts (2010) and Contracts: Cases and Doctrine (7th ed. 2021) (with Nate Oman). And he is the author of The Structure of Liberty: Justice and the Rule of Law (2nd ed. 2014).

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