Constitutionally Speaking in the Media

John Greabe's overview of this year's Supreme Court rulings appeared in the July 10 edition of the Keene Sentinel.

Albert E. Scherr's opinion piece on gene patents appeared in the June 11 Keene Sentinel.

Chris Frerking's opinion piece supporting gene patents appeared in the June 4 edition of the Keene Sentinel.

Chuck Douglas' opinion piece on gay marriage appeared in the May 10 edition of the Union Leader.

Erin. B Corcoran's commentary on gay marriage appeared in the in the May 5, 2013 edition of theUnion Leader.

Thomas C. Galligan Jr.'s opinion piece on affirmative action appeared in the April 2, 2013 edition of the Keene Sentinel.

Brian Murphy's commentary on affirmative action and Fisher v. The University of Texas appeared in the April 9 edition of the Keene Sentinel.

Barbara Keshen's opinion piece on Fourth Amendment warrant requirements appeared in the March 5 edition of the Keene Sentinel.

Read an opinion piece by Justice David Souter and Margaret Warner of PBS' NewsHour from February 2013 in the Keene Sentinel and the Union Leader.

Read an op-ed by Calvin Massey of the UNH School of Law on judicial interpretation from February 2013 in the Keene Sentinel.

The Keene Sentinel has also posted a page of Constitutionally Speaking resources.

Student Essays

An essay by Alex Rose, President of Exeter High School's YMCA Youth and Government Club. Alex's essay addresses the question "How Does the Constitution Keep Up with the Times?" Alex's essay was published in the February 20 edition of the

Union Leader.

An essay by Joe Fahey, a senior at Trinity High School in Manchester and a member of the school's YMCA Youth and Government delegation.

More Resources


View Justice Souter’s conversation with Margaret Warner.

View videos from our November Constitutionally Speaking symposium.

View Justice Souter's address at Harvard University's 2010 Commencement ceremony.

View UNH Law Professor Calvin Massey discussing the contours of federal power and the role of courts in construing the Constitution.

View U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia discussing constitutional interpretation.

View U.S. Supreme Court Justices Antonin Scalia and Stephen Breyer offering their differing approaches to constitutional interpretation.

View retired U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor sharing reflections on how the law and the U.S. Supreme Court have evolved over time.


NHPR's The Exchange is running a series of programs on Constitutional issues.

Listen to The Exchange program on 4th Amendment search and seizure.

Listen to the program on voting rights.

Listen to The Exchange program on the 2nd Amendment.


View Margaret Warner’s blog post on the conversation with Justice Souter.

Read Against Constitutional Theory by Judge Richard A. Posner, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, advocating a pragmatic approach to constitutional interpretation.

Read The Nature of the Judicial Process, a collection of four lectures delivered by Judge Benjamin N. Cardoza at Yale University two years before his appointment to the U.S. Supreme Court.

Read The Path of the Law, the influential discourse written in 1897 by Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr., who served on the U.S. Supreme Court from 1902-1931.

Selected books for further reading

A Matter of Interpretation: Federal Courts and the Law, Antonin Scalia (author), Amy Gutman (editor) (1997)

Active Liberty: Interpreting our Democratic Constitution, Stephen Breyer (2005)

Cosmic Constitutional Theory: Why Americans Are Losing Their Inalienable Right to Self-Governance, J. Harvie Wilkinson III (2012)

On Reading the Constitution, Laurence A. Tribe & Michael C. Dorf (1991)

The Tempting of America, Robert H. Bork (1990)

Constitutionally Speaking in Comics. Artist Marek Bennett interpreted Justice David Souter's September Constitutionally Speaking talk in a comic.

View Marek Bennett's other comics on Constitutional themes here.

Visit the new Constitutionally Speaking page on the Live Free or Die Alliance website, New Hampshire's statewide town hall, and check out other civics-related information there. The nonpartisan, nonprofit Live Free or Die Alliance aims to provide NH citizens with objective information about issues and candidates; promote the civil exchange of opinions in a variety of forums, online and in person; and connect citizens with their elected officials.

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