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  • “Mississippi Asks SCOTUS to Overturn Roe” – Josh Hammer at First Things

    Posted by James Wilson Institute on Jul 26, 2021
    Anchoring Truths Contributing Editor and 2021 JWI Fellow Josh Hammer discusses the recently filed “Brief for the Petitioner” in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization. Hammer applauds the good work of Mississippi Attorney General Lynn Fitch as she boldly asks the Court to overturn both Roe and Casey, criticizes the erroneous ideas on the Court […] …
  • “Redeeming the Constitution” – Bradley Rebeiro ’17 at Anchoring Truths and Law & Liberty

    Posted by James Wilson Institute on Jul 23, 2021
    JWI Fellowship alumnus and associate professor of law at BYU Law School Bradley Rebeiro responded to Professor David Forte’s “Originalism and its Discontents” at JWI’s online journal Anchoring Truths. In a symposium in collaboration with Law & Liberty, Rebeiro utilizes the case study of slavery “to reconsider how we understand this tension between originalism and […] …
  • PODCAST: Josh Hammer on Common Good Originalism

    Posted by James Wilson Institute on Jul 16, 2021
    Anchoring Truths contributing editor and JWI affiliated scholar Josh Hammer joined JWI Deputy Director Garrett Snedeker to discuss his new essay in the Harvard Journal of Law and Public Policy, entitled “Common Good Originalism: Our Tradition and our Path Forward.” In the podcast, we talked about the failures of the positivist originalist project, Hammer’s vision for an […] …
  • “A Telling Moment, Foregone” – Prof. Hadley Arkes at The Catholic Thing

    Posted by James Wilson Institute on Jul 13, 2021
    JWI Founder and Director Hadley Arkes discusses the Court’s recent denial of a writ of certiorari in Gloucester County School Board v. Grimm. In choosing to remain silent on this issue by not hearing the case, the Court fails to create any resistance to the ever encroaching ideology of gender identity. After the disastrous Bostock […] …
  • Grimm Indeed: Gerry Bradley in First Things

    Posted by James Wilson Institute on Jul 2, 2021
    In an essay for First Things, JWI Trustee and Senior Scholar Gerry Bradley comments on the Supreme Court’s denial of certiorari in Gloucester County School Board v. Grimm. The case turns on whether Gavin Grimm, born a biological female, should be allowed to use the boy’s restroom, with the Fourth Circuit ruling in Grimm’s favor. […] …
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The first and governing maxim in the interpretation of a statute is to discover the meaning of those who made it.
— James Wilson, Lectures on Law, 1790