Jesse Meriam Visit to the Political Science Department


This Friday we will host our first visiting speaker for our speaker colloquium. Jesse Meriam is assistant professor of political science at Loyola University. He earned his J.D. at The George Washington University Law School and his Ph.D at Johns Hopkins University. He will give a talk titled, “The Death of the Conservative Legal Movement.” An abstract for the presentation is below:


With the death of Justice Antonin Scalia in February 2016, and several major Supreme Court victories for progressives later that term, many Court-watchers are now predicting a transition in the locus of judicial power, away from the legal conservative movement that has controlled the Court for the last 30 years and toward a new progressive agenda.  Professor Merriam will examine the prospects of that transition, in light of Justice Scalia’s death and the upcoming presidential election, and in undertaking this examination, Professor Merriam will question whether there has indeed been a successful legal conservative movement on the Court and what might lie in store for legal conservatism.


The presentation will take place at noon on Friday, October 21, in room 346. There will also be a happy hour at Loosa Brews that evening, beginning at 4pm.