SYMPOSIUM ISSUE: RENEWING THE COMPACT: HOW ARTICLE V EMPOWERS THE PEOPLE OF ALL THE STATES: FOREWORD: SYMPOSIUM SPEECH TRANSCRIPTS: THE STATE-APPLICATION-AND-CONVENTION METHOD OF AMENDING THE CONSTITUTION: THE FOUNDING ERA VISION Skip over navigation
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SYMPOSIUM ISSUE: RENEWING THE COMPACT: HOW ARTICLE V EMPOWERS THE PEOPLE OF ALL THE STATES: FOREWORD: SYMPOSIUM SPEECH TRANSCRIPTS: THE STATE-APPLICATION-AND-CONVENTION METHOD OF AMENDING THE CONSTITUTION: THE FOUNDING ERA VISION

Hilary Term, 2011

Thomas M. Cooley Law Review

28 T.M. Cooley L. Rev. 9

Author

Robert G. Natelson*

Excerpt



I. The Nature of Article V and the Convention Process



Thank you all for coming. This is my first trip to Lansing, and I've seen enough to hope that I get to come back-a lot. I'd like to thank everybody responsible for setting up this Symposium. That would of course include Professor Trudeau, who has been unfailingly competent and professional throughout; Justice Brennan, who literally wrote the seminal article on this subject; 1 the Cooley Law Review; and perhaps most of all, those people who were responsible for setting up the tables, putting in the microphones, getting the food and drink here, and making the general arrangements.



My primary area of research is the Founding Era. 2 So, as the moderator has just told you, I'm going to be setting the stage. I only have a half hour, and there is a lot of material to cover, so I'll speak a little bit faster than I normally like to; if you have questions or concerns, we can raise those on Q and A. Don't try to get everything into your brain all at once.



There has been a great deal of misinformation, and there are many questions about the state-application-and-convention process. Accordingly, I'm going to put our concepts on "reset"-or perhaps give you an instant replay-so we can look at the process the way the founders saw it. However, one thing I hope you will never hear from my lips, at least today, in discussing this particular type of convention ...
 
 
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