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San Fernando Valley Chancellor’s Society Event

November 7, 2017 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

The Secret History of How Corporations Became People

Big corporations have had a quiet civil rights movement of their own, and they now possess nearly all the same constitutional rights as ordinary people. Uncovering the roots of Citizens United (2010) and Hobby Lobby (2014), Professor Adam Winkler will explain his research into the two-hundred-year struggle over corporate personhood and constitutional protections for business. His upcoming book about this topic “We the Corporations: How American Businesses Won Their Civil Rights” is set to come out in early 2018.

About Adam Winkler

Adam Winkler is a professor at UCLA School of Law, where he specializes in American constitutional law. He is the author of Gunfight: The Battle over the Right to Bear Arms in America (2011) and We the Corporations: How American Businesses Won Their Civil Rights, which will be released in February 2018. His scholarship has been cited by the Supreme Court of the United States and his writing has appeared in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, New Republic, Atlantic, Slate, and Scotusblog. He has authored over two dozen scholarly articles; co-edited the Encyclopedia of the American Constitution (2d edition); and published over 80 opinion pieces on legal issues. Prior to joining the UCLA faculty, he clerked on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.

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November 7, 2017
6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
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Sherman Oaks, CA