Constitutional scholar speaks at HPU
February 17, 2012
Constitutional scholar Ilya Shapiro speaks about the U.S. Supreme Court and Hawai‘i during a special presentation at HPU Feb. 15.
HONOLULU — Hawai‘i Pacific University welcomed constitutional law expert Ilya Shapiro, of the Cato Institute, for a discussion about the U.S. Supreme Court Feb. 15.
Shapiro is a senior fellow in constitutional studies at the Cato Institute and editor-in-chief of the Cato Supreme Court Review. He shared insights on several landmark cases, including Roe vs. Wade (concerning abortion), Rice vs. Cayetano (striking down the practice of allowing only Hawaiians to vote for Office of Hawaiian Affairs trustees), the pending consideration of the Akaka Bill in Congress, and others.
Dr. Ken Schoolland, HPU associate professor of Economics and Political Science and director of the Entrepreneurship Center, said, “It was a great session with plenty of time for questions and comments by the students. Students learned about the attitudes of justices, workings of the U.S. Supreme Court, and the current status of individual rights before the court.”
Before joining the Cato Institute, Shapiro was a special assistant/advisor to the Multi-National Force in Iraq on rule of law issues; and practiced international, political, commercial, and antitrust litigation at Patton Boggs and Cleary Gottlieb. He is a member of the bars of New York, the District of Columbia, and the U.S. Supreme Court.
The visit was presented by HPU’s new Laissez Faire Society and supported by the Entrepreneurship Center.
Constitutional scholar Ilya Shapiro answers a question about constitutional law.
Dr. Ken Schoolland, HPU associate professor of Economics and Political Science and director of the