Erwin Chemerinsky is an American lawyer and scholar known for his studies in United States constitutional law and federal civil procedure. He served as the founding dean of the University of California, Irvine School of Law from 2008 to 2017, and is currently the dean of the University of California, Berkeley, School of Law.
Even though the first amendment begins with "Congress shall make no law," doesn't mean that the rights listed are 'absolute'. In this episode of "Politics, Meet Me in the Middle," Berkeley Law Professor Erwin Chemerinsky says that the courts have stated that certain types of speech are not protected by the Constitution. The courts have also ruled that the right to assembly may be curtailed during emergencies, but the right to protest may not. Your constitutional rights during a national emergency and quarantine on this episode of POLITICS, MEET ME IN THE MIDDLE. Hosted by Ed Larson & Bill Curtis Learn more: Politics: Meet Me in the Middle Follow Us: Facebook, Instagram, Twitter A CurtCo Media production  Music by Celleste & Eric Dick Produced by Mike ThomasSee for privacy information.
Dahlia Lithwick is joined by Dean Erwin Chemerinsky of the University of California, Berkeley School of Law, who explains the biggest cases facing the Supreme Court this term. Then Nancy Northup, president and CEO of the Center for Reproductive Rights, explains why the justices have decided to take up June Medical Services v Gee, the first big abortion case of the Kavanaugh era.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
“The Constitution must be adapted to the problems of each generation,” writes Erwin Chemerisnky, “we are not living in the world of 1787 and should not pretend that the choices for that time can guide ours today.”Does that sentence read to you as obvious or offensive? Either way, it’s at the core of the constitutional debate between the left and the right — a debate the left all too often cedes to the right through disinterest.Chemerinsky is trying to change that. He’s the dean of UC Berkeley’s School of Law, a decorated constitutional scholar and lawyer, and the author of We the People: A Progressive Reading of the Constitution for the Twenty-First Century. At the core of Chemerinsky’s vision is the idea that the Constitution must be interpreted through the lens of the preamble: a crucial statement of intent, and one that establishes the US Constitution as one of the most adaptive and glitteringly progressive founding documents in the world.This is a conversation about both direct questions of constitutional interpretation and the meta-questions of constitutional debate in a polarized age. What, for instance, does it mean that so much turned on Mitch McConnell’s blockade against Merrick Garland? Is this just a legal debating club disguising the exercise of raw power? What should progressive constitutionalists make of proposals to expand the Supreme Court? What would be different today if Hillary Clinton had filled Scalia’s seat?Book recommendations: Simple Justice by Richard Kluger (1975)American Constitutional Law by Larry TribeThe Federalist Papers by James Madison, Alexander Hamilton, and John JayThe Boys of Summer by Roger KahnThe Chosen by Chaim PotokWant to contact the show? Reach out at Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Are we in a Constitutional Crisis?Dean and Professor of Law at UC Berkeley, Erwin Chemerinsky, joins Handel to discuss why some Democrats don't think so!
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May 14th, 1953
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