A. E. Dick Howard

Constitution Day Lecturer to Talk About the Changing Faces of the Supreme Court

Internationally-renowned constitutional and Supreme Court scholar A. E. Dick Howard of the University of Virginia will present the Constitution Day Lecture at Washington and Lee University at 3 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 17, in Stackhouse Theatre in the University Commons.

The lecture, titled "The Changing Face of the Supreme Court," is free and open to the public. The event is sponsored by W&L's department of politics and the William Lyne Wilson II Symposium Fund.

Mark Bradley, a 1978 Washington and Lee graduate and a Rhodes Scholar, will introduce Howard. Bradley, now an attorney with the U.S. Department of Justice's office of counterterrorism, was a student of Howard's at the University of Virginia School of Law.

Howard is currently the White Burkett Miller Professor of Law and Public Affairs at the U.Va. School of Law. He is a graduate of the University of Richmond and received his law degree from the University of Virginia. He was a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford University, where he read philosophy, politics and economics. After graduating from law school, he was a law clerk to Supreme Court Justice Hugo L. Black.

Howard is the author of a number of books, articles and monographs, including The Road from Runnymede: Magna Carta and Constitutionalism in America and Commentaries on the Constitution of Virginia, which won a Phi Beta Kappa prize. Recent works include Democracy's Dawn and Constitution-making in Eastern Europe.

As executive director of the commission that wrote Virginia's current constitution, he directed the successful referendum campaign for the constitution's ratification. He has been counsel to the General Assembly of Virginia and a consultant to state and federal bodies, including the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee. From 1982 to 1986 he served as counselor to the Governor of Virginia, and he chaired Virginia's Commission on the Bicentennial of the United States Constitution.

Howard has been a fellow of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, in Washington, D.C., on two separate occasions. He has been president of the Virginia Academy of Laureates and has received the University of Virginia's Distinguished Professor Award for excellence in teaching. James Madison University, the University of Richmond, Campbell University, the College of William and Mary and Wake Forest University have all conferred upon him honorary degrees. In addition, he was the first Distinguished Visiting Scholar in Residence at Rhodes House, Oxford, in 2001.

Howard has consulted on new constitutions in Brazil, Hong Kong, the Philippines, Hungary, Czechoslovakia, Poland, Romania, Russia, Albania, Malawi and South Africa. In 1996, the Union of Czech Lawyers, citing Howard's promotion of the idea of a civil society in Central Europe, awarded him their Randa Medal—the first time this honor has been conferred upon anyone but a Czech citizen.

In 2007, the Richmond Times-Dispatch and the Library of Virginia included Professor Howard on their list of the "greatest Virginians" of the 20th century.

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