Law school faculty authors to discuss their books in book talk series

  • Sept. 6, 2013

 INDIANAPOLIS - The inaugural faculty book talk series at the Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law will present books exploring the 14th Amendment, the International Criminal Court and the idea of having two U.S. presidents.

The series is free and open to the public. A book-signing session during a reception will follow each talk. The three talks will take place in the Wynne Courtroom and Atrium, Inlow Hall, 530 W. New York St., Indianapolis.

Gerard Magliocca will discuss his book, “American Founding Son: John Bingham and the Invention of the Fourteenth Amendment,” from 5 to 7 p.m. Sept. 10.

Bingham was the architect of the rebirth of the United States following the Civil War. A leading antislavery lawyer and congressman from Ohio, Bingham wrote the most important part of the 14th Amendment to the Constitution, which guarantees fundamental rights and equality to all Americans. He was also at the center of two of the greatest trials in history, giving the closing argument in the military prosecution of John Wilkes Booth’s co-conspirators for the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln and in the impeachment of President Andrew Johnson.

Yvonne Dutton will present her book, “Rules, Politics, and the International Criminal Court: Committing to the Court,” from 5 to 7 p.m. Sept. 12.

In this new work, Dutton examines the International Criminal Court and whether and how its enforcement mechanism influences state membership and the court’s ability to realize treaty goals.

At the third talk, David Orentlicher will discuss his book, “Two Presidents Are Better Than One: the Case for a Bipartisan Executive Branch,” from 5 to 7 p.m. Sept. 19.

Orentlicher explains why it is time for Americans to reconsider dominant ideas about the presidency, now arguably the country’s most powerful political institution. Challenging conventional wisdom that the best executive is necessarily a unitary executive, Orentlicher makes a case for why "two presidents are better than one.”

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