Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer Discusses His New Book Making Our Democracy Work: A Judge's View
All Library locations will be closed on Monday, May 25 in observance of Memorial Day.
December 1, 2011
United States Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer discusses the role of the courts in American government and explains why he believes the Supreme Court justices should interpret the Constitution in a way that works in practice as well as in theory on Thursday, December 8, 2011, at 2 p.m. at the Plaza Branch, 4801 Main St.
Breyer is the author of a new book, Making Our Democracy Work: A Judge's View, in which he reminds readers that America cannot take for granted the public's confidence in the courts and offers a blueprint for how the courts can maintain that confidence in the years to come.
Breyer rejects approaches that look exclusively at the Constitution's text or the 18th century views of the framers and instead advocates a pragmatic approach that applies unchanging constitutional values to ever-changing circumstances.
The event is co-sponsored by the Truman Library Institute.
Admission is free. RSVP online or call 816.701.3407.