May 4, 2021

12:00 pm - 1:00 pm, Central Time

ACS Madison: The Trump Impeachments and the Path Forward

From 1788 to 2016, there were only two presidential impeachments. That number doubled when Donald J. Trump was impeached and tried twice in just 14 months. What lessons can we learn from those impeachments — and what do they teach us about the future of American governance? This discussion will explore the most important constitutional and strategic judgments made by the House of Representatives in both Trump impeachment proceedings. We'll also discuss what happened in the Senate: how the parties framed their trial strategy and how the Senate itself conducted the impeachment trials. We'll conclude by assessing whether the impeachments were ultimately successful or not, and whether the Constitution's impeachment power can serve as a meaningful, effective check against the abuse of presidential power.

Join the ACS Madison, Austin, Bay Area, Colorado, DC, Milwaukee, New York, and Northeast Ohio Lawyer Chapters for a discussion between Joshua Matz (who served as Impeachment Counsel for the second Trump impeachment trial and House Judiciary Committee counsel for the first Trump impeachment) and Kate Shaw (a legal scholar who has written extensively about impeachment and other mechanisms of constitutional accountability). 


Joshua Matz, Partner, Kaplan Hecker & Fink LLP; Former Impeachment Counsel to the House of Representatives 

Kate Shaw, Professor of Law and ACS Faculty Advisor, Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law; Co-Director, Floersheimer Center for Constitutional Democracy