Stephen Griffin on "Optimistic Originalism"
In this episode, Stephen M. Griffin, W.R. Irby Chair and Rutledge C. Clement Jr. Professor in Constitutional Law at Tulane University Law School, discusses his article "Optimistic Originalism and the Reconstruction Amendments," which will be published in the Tulane Law Review. Griffin begins by describing what he calls "optimistic originalism," or originalism that argues the "rights revolution" of the 20th century is consistent with the original meaning of the Reconstruction Amendments. Griffin explains the argument presented by optimistic originalists, why it is historically unconvincing, and how we should think about constitutional change.