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“Of Political Principals and Legal Principles"

Monday, October 10, 2016
12:15pm – 1:30pm

Storrs Campus
Oak 438

Colloquium Event

“Of Political Principals and Legal Principles: The Solicitor General of the United States”

Richard L. Pacelle Jr, (UCONN ’76, ’79) Professor and Department Head University of Tennessee

Monday, October 10 12:15pm-1:30pm Oak 438

Free and Open to the Public

About the Talk: One of the most important potential resources for presidents in trying to write their pages in history is the Solicitor General (SG) of the United States. But the SG cannot simply follow the designs of the president. Rather, the SG has to attend to multiple principals and help the Supreme Court stabilize the law. This study examines the work of the SG in a period when the importance of the Office of the Solicitor General and of using the Supreme Court has grown (1953-2008). The impact or influence of the president (and Congress and the Court) seems dependent on the type of issue and the form of participation. This analysis suggests the president has a broader impact and thus therefore magnifies the importance of election results.

About the Speaker: Richard Pacelle is Professor and Department Head at the University of Tennessee. He is a graduate of the University of Connecticut (BA and MA) and the Ohio State University (Ph.D.). His primary research interests are in Public Law and revolve around the U.S. Supreme Court. He is the author of five books and over two dozen articles and book chapters. He has won numerous teaching awards including the Chancellor’s Award for Teaching and the Governor’s Award for Teaching. While at Georgia Southern University, Pacelle garnered the University Award for Excellence in Research and Scholarship, GSU’s highest award, and the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences Award for Distinction in Scholarship.

For more information, contact Prof. Matthew Singer ( or Prof. Jennifer Sterling-Folker (

Hosted by the Department of Political Science and the Alan R. Bennett Honors Professor.


Prof. Matthew Singer (

Political Science (primary), College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, First Year Programs & Learning Communities, Honors Program, UConn Master Calendar

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