Both Sides Now: Can the President Pardon Himself?

Sunday, Sept. 17, 2017

To observe Constitution Day at Grinnell College, law professors Andy Grewal and Brian Kalt will present different arguments about whether the president of the United States can pardon himself. The free, public event will begin at 4 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 17, in Joe Rosenfield '25 Center, Room 101.

During the event, the two constitutional scholars will address the question Can the President Pardon Himself? Each will speak briefly to lay out the arguments, and then they will discuss together and open the conversation for questions from the audience.

Andy Grewal

Andy GrewalGrewal is the Joseph F. Rosenfield Scholar and Professor of Law at the University of Iowa. He is primarily interested in tax law and the intersections between tax, administrative law and statutory interpretation. He has testified in Congress on tax administration issues, and the United States Supreme Court recently cited Grewal in a case involving a complex tax shelter. He earned his J.D. from the University of Michigan, where he was a contributing editor on the Michigan Law Review and received the Richard Katcher Senior Tax Prize.

Brian Kalt

Brian KaltKalt is a professor of law and the Harold Norris Faculty Scholar at the Michigan State University College of Law. He studies primarily structural constitutional law and juries. He earned his J.D. at Yale Law School, where he was an editor on the Yale Law Journal. He has published two books and numerous law review publications, including Constitutional Cliffhangers: A Legal Guide for Presidents and Their Enemies and Pardon Me?: The Constitutional Case Against Presidential Self-Pardons.

The Rosenfield Program In Public Affairs, International Relations, and Human Rights is sponsoring this event.

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