The “Construction in Space in the Third and Fourth Dimension” statue by Antoine Pevsner sits in the Law School's reflecting pool with the sun behind it.
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Today, the words “federalism” and “originalism” are bandied about in the news almost daily, but to get at the underpinnings of these modern interpretations of constitutional law, it is essential to look at how the Constitution was being interpreted and applied during the crucial period of 1815-1861, between the end of the War of 1812 and the beginning of the Civil War.

Kate Shaw, a contributing Opinion writer, hosted a written online conversation with Will Baude, a law professor at the University of Chicago, and Stephen Vladeck, a law professor at Georgetown and the author of “The Shadow Docket: How the Supreme Court Uses Stealth Rulings to Amass Power and Undermine the Republic,” to reflect on the dramatic end to the Supreme Court term.

After a deadly holiday weekend in Chicago, city leaders and community members are grappling with how to combat gun violence in their neighborhoods. University of Chicago Law Professor Sharon Fairley weighed in.