May 26: Erwin Chemerinsky and Richard Arenberg with Henry Weinstein

Event Details

May 26

5:00 to 6:00 p.m.
UC Berkeley Law Dean Erwin Chemerinsky & Brown University’s Richard Arenberg debate the filibuster w/ moderator Henry Weinstein of UCI Law.

About This Event

Dean Erwin Chemerinsky

Erwin Chemerinsky became the 13th Dean of Berkeley Law on July 1, 2017, when he joined the faculty as the Jesse H. Choper Distinguished Professor of Law.

Prior to assuming this position, from 2008-2017, he was the founding Dean and Distinguished Professor of Law, and Raymond Pryke Professor of First Amendment Law, at University of California, Irvine School of Law, with a joint appointment in Political Science. Before that he was the Alston and Bird Professor of Law and Political Science at Duke University from 2004-2008, and from 1983-2004 was a professor at the University of Southern California Law School, including as the Sydney M. Irmas Professor of Public Interest Law, Legal Ethics, and Political Science. He also has taught at DePaul College of Law and UCLA Law School.

He is the author of eleven books, including leading casebooks and treatises about constitutional law, criminal procedure, and federal jurisdiction. His most recent books are, We the People: A Progressive Reading of the Constitution for the Twenty-First Century (Picador Macmillan) published in November 2018, and two books published by Yale University Press in 2017, Closing the Courthouse Doors: How Your Constitutional Rights Became Unenforceable and Free Speech on Campus (with Howard Gillman).

He also is the author of more than 200 law review articles. He writes a regular column for the Sacramento Bee, monthly columns for the ABA Journal and the Daily Journal, and frequent op-eds in newspapers across the country. He frequently argues appellate cases, including in the United States Supreme Court.

In 2016, he was named a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. In 2017, National Jurist magazine again named Dean Chemerinsky as the most influential person in legal education in the United States.

Education: B.S., Northwestern University (1975) J.D., Harvard Law School (1978)

Professor Richard Arenberg

Richard A. Arenberg is Interim Director of the A. Alfred Taubman Center for American Politics and Policy at Brown University. He is a Visiting Professor of the Practice of Political Science and a Senior Fellow in International and Public Affairs at the Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs at Brown.

Arenberg is the author of Congressional Procedure: A Practical Guide to the Legislative Process in the U.S. Congress (2018). The book has been awarded five national awards including the Independent Book Publishers Association Ben Franklin Book Award Gold Medal. Arenberg is co-author of Defending the Filibuster: Soul of the Senate (2012) and Defending the Filibuster, Revised and Updated Edition (2014). Defending the Filibuster was named “Book of the Year in Political Science” by Forewords Reviews in 2012. Richard A. Arenberg: Oral History Interviews was published by the Senate Historical Office in 2011 and can be read or heard on the U.S. Senate website.

Arenberg is a veteran of more than thirty-four years on Capitol Hill in senior staff positions with Majority Leader Senator George Mitchell (Maine) and Senators Carl Levin (Michigan) and Paul Tsongas (Massachusetts). He served on the Senate Iran-contra Committee and helped Senators Mitchell and William Cohen write Men of Zeal analyzing those hearings. He was a principal negotiator of the Alaska Lands Act, which President Carter called “the most important piece of conservation legislation passed in the 20th Century.”

Arenberg has also taught at Northeastern and Suffolk Universities. He serves on the Board of Directors of Social Security Works and the Board of Directors of Social Security Works Education Fund, and a Senior Congressional Fellow at the Stennis Center for Public Service Leadership. He is a contributor at The Hill and Newsmax and his work has appeared in the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Wall Street Journal, the Boston Globe, USA Today, Politico, the Providence Journal and other publications.

Professor Henry Weinstein

Professor Weinstein teaches lawyering skills and media law at UC Irvine School of Law. He has worked as a legal reporter for the Los Angeles Times, New York Times, San Francisco Examiner and Wall Street Journal and has written more than 3,000 stories, reporting on the ground in 36 states plus the District of Columbia and Canada. He also has written about events and issues in other countries, and for a variety of publications, including California Lawyer, Juris Doctor, The Nation, New Times, the Saturday Review of Education and the Saturday Review of Science. Weinstein received his BA (History) and law degree at UC Berkeley.