Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law will hold its annual Donald A. Giannella Memorial Lecture on Tuesday, March 8 at 3 p.m. in Room 101. Noah Feldman, Felix Frankfurter Professor of Law and Director of the Julis-Rabinowitz Program on Jewish and Israeli Law at Harvard Law School, will present on “Why Madison Was Right: We Don't Need the First Amendment—The Changing Political Economy of Exemptions."
Feldman specializes in constitutional studies, with particular emphasis on the relationship between law and religion, constitutional design and the history of legal theory. His lecture will discuss what protects religious liberty in the U.S.—the Constitution or the country’s inherent religious diversity—and how the changing perspectives on religious exemptions have affected that protection.
Feldman received his AB summa cum laude in Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations from Harvard University in 1992. Selected as a Rhodes Scholar, he earned a DPhil in Oriental Studies from Oxford University in 1994 and received his JD from Yale Law School in 1997, serving as Book Reviews Editor of the Yale Law Journal. From 1997 to 1998, he served as a law clerk to Chief Judge Harry T. Edwards of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit and to Justice David H. Souter of the U.S. Supreme Court from 1998 to 1999. From 1999 to 2002, he was a Junior Fellow of the Society of Fellows at Harvard and currently serves as a Senior Fellow. In 2003 he served as senior constitutional advisor to the Coalition Provisional Authority in Iraq, and subsequently advised members of the Iraqi Governing Council on the drafting of the Transitional Administrative Law or interim constitution. To read his full bio, click here.
About the Donald A. Giannella Memorial Lecture:
Through the generosity of Professor Giannella’s family, colleagues, Law School alumni and other friends, an endowed fund was established to honor the distinguished scholar and beloved educator who died in 1974. The lectureship brings a leading scholar to Villanova each year; the presented paper is subsequently published in the Villanova Law Review.