University Forum Lecture Series - Presidential Power: Legitimate and Fabricated Sources


Sep. 19, 2016, 7:30pm to 9pm

Campus Location

Office/Remote Location

Philip J. Cohen Theatre


The College of Liberal Arts' University Forum Lecture Series presents "Presidential Power: Legitimate and Fabricated Sources" a talk by Louis Fisher, scholar-in-residence at the Constitution Project and emeritus senior specialist, in Constitution law for the Congressional Research Service.

American presidents rely on legitimate powers that include those expressly enumerated in the Constitution and certain other powers that are implied in it. In his UNLV Constitution Day Lecture Louis Fisher will discuss three presidents who, on four occasions, claimed “inherent” powers but lost every time. To explain why this happened he will analyze the concepts of “prerogative” and of the “Unitary Executive.”

About the Lecturer:
Louis Fisher is scholar in residence at the Constitution Project. Previously he worked for four decades at the Library of Congress as senior specialist in separation of powers (Congressional Research Service, from 1970 to 2006) and specialist in Constitutional law (the Law Library, from 2006 to 2010). During his service with CRS he was research director of the House Iran-Contra Committee in 1987, writing major sections of the final report.

He received his doctorate in political science from the New School for Social Research (1967) and has taught at Queens College, Georgetown University, American University, Catholic University, Indiana University, Johns Hopkins University, the College of William and Mary law school, and the Catholic University law school.

Admission Information

This event is free and open to the public.

Contact Information

College of Liberal Arts Dean's Office

External Sponsor

College of Liberal Arts and co-sponsored by UNLV's Office of the Executive Vice President and Provost and UNLV's Campus Engagement Committee