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Who Won The Obamacare Case?

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Who Won The Obamacare Case?
March 14, 2013 6:30 pm
March 14, 2013 7:30 pm
Tocqueville Forum
March 1, 2013
Georgetown University Lohrfink Auditorium
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Washington DC, DC, United States
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Randy Barnett will be giving a public lecture on Thursday, March 14th at 6pm in Lohrfink Auditorium, titled “Who Won the Obamacare Case?” 


Professor Barnett was one of the attorneys representing the National Federation of Independent Business in its historic challenge to the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare. In this lecture, he explains exactly how the Supreme Court ruled in the case, why it is significant, and why so many law professors failed to appreciate the seriousness of the challenge.


Randy E. Barnett is the Carmack Waterhouse Professor of Legal Theory at the Georgetown University Law Center, where directs the Georgetown Center for the Constitution and teaches constitutional law and contracts. After graduating from Northwestern University and Harvard Law School, he tried many felony cases as a prosecutor in the Cook County States’ Attorney’s Office in Chicago. In 2004, he argued the medical marijuana case of Gonzales v. Raich in the Supreme Court, and in 2012, he was one of the attorneys representing the National Federation of Independent Business in its constitutional challenge to the Affordable Care Act. In 2008, he was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship in Constitutional Studies. He has been a visiting professor at Northwestern, the University of Pennsylvania, and Harvard Law School.


Professor Barnett’s publications includes more than one hundred articles and reviews, as well as nine books, including Restoring the Lost Constitution: The Presumption of Liberty (Princeton, 2005),Constitutional Law: Cases in Context (Wolters-Kluwer, 2008), Oxford Introductions to U.S. Law: Contracts (Oxford 2010) and Contracts: Cases and Doctrine (Wolters-Kluwer, 4th ed. 2008). His book, The Structure of Liberty: Justice and the Rule of Law (Oxford, 1998) was published in Japanese.


A full listing of his publications can be found at his personal site,


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