The Second Amendment: A Biography
A Conversation with the Author
Monday, October 13, 2014


Reception to Follow

President, The Brennan Center for Justice
Author, The Second Amendment a Biography
Michael Waldman is President of the Brennan Center for Justice at New York University School of Law, a nonpartisan law and policy institute that focuses on improving the systems of democracy and justice. Waldman is one of the nation’s most prominent public interest lawyers, and is an expert on the presidency, democracy and the Constitution. The Brennan Center is a leading legal voice on election law, Constitutional law, government reform and racial justice. In 2012 it helped lead the successful effort to block laws that could have made it harder for 5 million eligible citizens to vote. Waldman has led the Center since 2005. 
Mr. Waldman was Director of Speechwriting for President Bill Clinton from 1995-99, serving as Assistant to the President. He was responsible for writing or editing nearly 2,000 speeches, including four State of the Union and two Inaugural Addresses. He was Special Assistant to the President for Policy Coordination from 1993-95. As the top White House policy aide on campaign finance reform, he drafted the Clinton administration's public financing proposal.
He is the author of The Second Amendment: A Biography (Simon & Schuster, May 2014). Publishers Weekly called it “the best narrative of its subject.” In The New York Times, Joseph Nocera called it ““rigorous, scholarly, but accessible.” The Los Angeles Times wrote, “[Waldman’s] calm tone and habit of taking the long view offers a refreshing tonic in this most loaded of debates.” Pulitzer Prize winning historian Joseph J. Ellis wrote, “this is the most comprehensive, accessible, and compelling version of the story in print.” 
President William McKinley Distinguished Professor of Law and Public Policy, Albany Law School
Senior Fellow, Government Law Center
Professor Finkelman is an expert in constitutional history and constitutional law, freedom of religion, the law of slavery, civil liberties and the American Civil War, and legal issues surrounding baseball. He has written extensively on Thomas Jefferson and on Abraham Lincoln. Professor Finkelman was the chief expert witness in the Alabama Ten Commandments monument case and his scholarship on religious monuments in public spaces was cited by the U.S. Supreme Court in Van Orden v. Perry (2005). His scholarship on the Second Amendment has also been cited by the Supreme Court
Leitner Family Professor, Fordham Law School
Co-Director, Leitner Center for International Law and Justice
Martin S. Flaherty is Leitner Family Professor of Law and Co-Founding Director of the Leitner Center for International Law and Justice at Fordham Law School.   He is also a Visiting Professor at the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, where he was Fellow in the Program in Law and Public Affairs and a Visiting Professor at the New School in New York. Professor Flaherty has taught at China University of Political Science and Law in Beijing, and has recently founded the Rule of Law in Asia Program at the Leitner Center as well as co-founded the Committee to Support Chinese Lawyers. He has also taught at Sungkyunkwan University in Seoul, Queen’s University Belfast, Columbia Law School, Cardozo School of Law, St. John's University School of Law, and the New School. Previously Professor Flaherty served as a law clerk for Justice Byron R. White of the U.S. Supreme Court and Chief Judge John Gibbons of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. 
Chief Justice Warren E. Burger Professor of Constitutional Law and the Court, New York University School of Law
Director, Center for Research in Crime and Justice
Professor Jacobs holds a J.D. ('73) and Sociology ('75) from the University of Chicago. He has been on the NYU faculty since 1982, with stints as a visiting professor at Columbia Law School and as a Fulbright Scholar at University of Capetown. He teaches first year criminal law and upper year electives on criminal procedure, federal criminal law and juvenile justice. He also teaches specialized seminars on such subjects as Criminal Law and the Regulation of Vice, Cyber-Crime, and Criminal Records Jurisprudence and Policy. Professor Jacobs has published fifteen books and more than 100 articles on such topics as prisons and imprisonment, drunk driving, corruption and its control, hate crime, gun control, organized crime and diverse criminal record-releated issues. His doctoral dissertation and first book, Stateville: The Penitentiary in Mass Society (1977), is a classic in penology.His most recent book, The Eternal Criminal Record (2014), for which he was awarded a 2012-13 Guggenheim Fellowship, is a wide-ranging examination of the evolution of the criminal record system and its consequences for criminal justice and social stratification.
Moderated by


Assistant Professor, Cardozo Law School

Before joining Cardozo, Professor Shaw worked in the White House Counsel’s Office as a Special Assistant to the President and Associate Counsel to the President. She clerked for Justice John Paul Stevens of the U.S. Supreme Court and Judge Richard A. Posner of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit.  She graduated with a B.A. magna cum laude from Brown University and with a J.D. magna cum laude and Order of the Coif from Northwestern University, where she served as the Editor-in-Chief of the Northwestern University Law Review. Professor Shaw’s teaching and research interests include constitutional law; legislation; executive power and the separation of powers; federal courts; the Supreme Court; election law; and gender and sexual orientation and the law. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in the Northwestern University Law Review, the Columbia Law Review, and the Georgetown Law Journal.

The Floersheimer Center is pleased to be hosting a conversation surrounding Michael Waldman’s new book, The Second Amendment: A Biography. Cardozo Professor Kate Shaw will moderate what promises to be an enriching evening of conversation amongst top constitutional law scholars as they discuss the interpretive, jurisprudential, and policy questions raised by the Second Amendment.
Free and open to the public, but space is limited and registration is requested.
Co-sponsored by the Cardozo Chapter of the American Constitution Society, The American Constitution Society New York Lawyers Chapter, and Cardozo Law Review