This year's Constitution Day speaker is Professor David A. Yalof, Chair of the Department of Political Science at the University of Connecticut. Professor Yalof received his Ph.D. from Johns Hopkins University and his J.D. from the University of Virginia School of Law. He is the author of numerous articles and books including Pursuit of Justices: Presidential Politics and the Selection of Supreme Court Nominees (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1991), which was the winner of the American Political Science Association's Richard E. Neustadt Prize for the best book on the Presidency published in 1999. His most recent book is Prosecution Among Friends: Presidents, Attorney Generals, and Executive Wrongdoing (College Station: Texas A&M Press, 2012).
The focus of Professor Yalof's Constitution Day talk will be an analysis of the Supreme Court's decisions regarding same-sex marriage and is entitled: "Same-Sex Marriage and the U.S. Constitution: Why Bad Analogies and False Comparisons Present the Greatest Threat of All".
Recently, Professor Yalof offered reflections in UCONN Today on the landmark Supreme Court decisions made in a single week this summer regarding voting rights, affirmative action, the defense of marriage act, and proposition 8.
Professor Yalof will speak on Thursday, September 26, 2013 at 11:15 am in the atrium of the Tagliatela Academic Center.