Staying on the Rails: Direct Constitutional Checks on the President


March 28, 2017 - 6:00pm to 7:30pm

The Floersheimer Center for Constitutional Democracy invites you to

Staying on the Rails: Direct Constitutional Checks on the President

Tuesday, March 28, 2017
6 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

Cardozo School of Law
55 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10003

CLE Credit: This program is approved for 1.5 transitional/non-transitional New York State Continuing Legal Education credits in the category "Areas of Professional Practice."  If you are seeking CLE credits, please so indicate in your RSVP.

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In Federalist 51, James Madison famously observed that in constructing a government, "the great difficulty lies in this: you must first enable the government to control the governed; and in the next place oblige it to control itself."  The federal Constitution is an extended effort to solve this riddle.  The election of Donald Trump and the early months of his presidency have seen particular attention focused on three constitutional provisions designed to enable the government to "control itself":

  • the Emoluments Clause, which is the basis of a pending lawsuit against the President;
  • the Impeachment Clause, under which the President can be removed from office by Congress for "Treason, Bribery, or other High Crimes and Misdemeanors"; and
  • the 25th Amendment, which creates a mechanism to remove the President if he "is unable to discharge the powers and duties of his office."


John D. Feerick, Norris Professor of Law and Former Dean, Fordham University School of Law

Deepak Gupta, Founding Principal, Gupta Wessler PLLC;
Attorney for the Plaintiff, in Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington v. Trump

Michael Herz, Arthur Kaplan Professor of Law, Cardozo School of Law

Richard Painter, S. Walter Richey Professor of Corporate Law, University of Minnesota Law School; former Associate Counsel to the President

Michael Waldman, President, Brennan Center for Justice


Kate Shaw, Associate Professor of Law, Cardozo School of Law

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