Stephen B. Presser

About Stephen B. Presser

Stephen B. Presser is the Raoul Berger Professor of Legal History Emeritus at Northwestern University’s Pritzker School of Law, and the author of “Law Professors: Three Centuries of Shaping American Law” (West Academic Publishers, 2017). This year, Professor Presser is a Visiting Scholar in Conservative Thought and Policy at the University of Colorado, Boulder.

John McCain, Donald Trump, and the Sirens’ Song

Was John McCain a great American or a profound disappointment? Sensing another opportunity to berate and criticize a president they loathe, much of the media have championed the late U.S. senator from Arizona and excoriated President Trump for daring to criticize him. It speaks well of our culture that we are discouraged from

By | 2019-03-24T22:34:44-07:00 March 24th, 2019|

Ripping Off the Left’s Mask

Writing at Townhall on Sunday, Kevin McCullough recalls Rush Limbaugh’s vintage observation that “If the Left (Democrats) ever told America what they actually believed they’d never win another election.” McCullough makes the point that every now and then, however, the mask slips, and we are able, as Michael Walsh has maintained for some

By | 2019-02-06T22:18:06-07:00 February 5th, 2019|

Reasserting Self-Government and Sovereignty Won’t Be Easy

We are all aware that our politics is broken. There is more hate dividing Americans than in recent memory, and especially is there corrosive ire directed at our president and those he has appointed, particularly to judicial office. If our politics is riven, however, the cause may be deeper, and it may lie

By | 2018-12-13T22:01:48-07:00 December 13th, 2018|

In the Case of Trump vs. Roberts, the President Prevails

Who gets it right, President Donald Trump or Chief Justice John Roberts? The president earlier this week attacked “Obama judges,” whom he believes are erroneously interpreting the law and the Constitution to frustrate his administration’s policy initiatives. The chief justice told the Associated Press on Wednesday there is no such partisan thing. All

By | 2018-11-22T23:18:44-07:00 November 23rd, 2018|

It’s Time to Stop Jurisprudence From Being the Plaything of Politics

The “intergalactic freak show,” as Senator John Kennedy (R-La.) so splendidly called it, continues. For the third time, the progressives have used a last-resort accusation of sexual misconduct to seek to besmear the reputation of a good man and force him to withdraw from the public stage. It worked with Roy Moore, it

By | 2018-09-18T10:03:32-07:00 September 18th, 2018|

The Coming Restoration of the Constitution

Just as the upcoming midterm elections may be the most important of our lifetimes—since they will determine if the Trumpian Counter-Reformation will continue or be frustrated—the hearings this week on the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the United States Supreme Court are a watershed event in jurisprudence. Fifty years ago there was a

By | 2018-09-04T23:50:11-07:00 September 3rd, 2018|

Manafort Trial Threatens the Constitution, Not Just Trump

One of the things that most concerned the U.S. Constitution’s framers was the misuse of the criminal justice system by those in power to check their political foes. We have a Bill of Rights, in large part, to protect us against this most harmful abuse of arbitrary power. Ostensibly, we are protected from

By | 2018-08-06T19:00:27-07:00 August 7th, 2018|