January 16, 2020

4:30 pm - 7:00 pm, Eastern Time

Presidential Impeachment: Historical Context and Current Controversies

Lewis Katz Atrium, University Park, Pennsylvania

The Penn State ACS Student Chapter will be hosting an impeachment panel discussion featuring Professor Heidi Kitrosser, University of Minnesota and Professor Keith E. Whittington, Princeton University and moderated by Dean Osofsky. The panel will be introduced by ACS President Shifa Abuzaid and Federalist Society President Dallas Kephart. Prior to the panel there will be a reception in the atrium. 

Professor Kitrosser, Robins Kaplan Professor of Law at the University of Minnesota Law School, is the current ACS Minnesota ACS Faculty Advisor and a constitutional law expert who focuses on federal government secrecy, separation of powers, and free speech. Her book, Reclaiming Accountability: Transparency, Executive Power, and the U.S. Constitution, published in 2015 by the University of Chicago Press, was awarded the 2014 IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law / Roy C. Palmer Civil Liberties Prize. Kitrosser’s articles have appeared in many venues, including Supreme Court Review, Georgetown Law Journal, UCLA Law Review, Minnesota Law Review, and Constitutional Commentary. In 2017, she was awarded a Guggenheim fellowship to begin work on a book project on U.S. government whistleblowers.


Professor Whittington, William Nelson Cromwell Professor of Politics at Princeton University, is widely published on American constitutional theory and development, federalism, judicial politics, and the presidency. He is the author of Repugnant Laws: Judicial Review of Acts of Congress from the Founding to the Present (which won the Thomas M. Cooley Book Prize), Speak Freely: Why Universities Must Defend Free Speech (which won the PROSE Award for best book in education and the Heterodox Academy Award for Exceptional Scholarship) and Constitutional Construction: Divided Powers and Constitutional Meaning. He has published Constitutional Interpretation: Textual Meaning, Original Intent, and Judicial Review, Political Foundations of Judicial Supremacy: The Presidency, the Supreme Court, and Constitutional Leadership in U.S. History (which won the C. Herman Pritchett Award for best book in law and courts and the J. David Greenstone Award for best book in politics and history), as well as Judicial Review and Constitutional Politics, and American Political Thought: Readings and Materials.