Scholars to discuss 'Both Sides Now: Can the President Pardon Himself?'

The public talk is part of Grinnell College's annual observance of Constitution Day

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 room 101 of the Joe Rosenfield '25 Center, 1115 Eighth Ave., Grinnell.

During the event, 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.

Grewal 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.

Kalt 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.

Grinnell College welcomes the participation of people with disabilities. Room 101 of the Rosenfield Center is equipped with an induction hearing loop system, which enables individuals with hearing aids set to T-Coil to hear the program. Information about parking and accessibility is available on the college's website: Accommodation requests may be made to Conference Operations at 641-269-3235 or calendar[at]grinnell[dot]edu.

The college also welcomes the presence of minors at all age-appropriate public events and for informal visits, with the understanding that a parent, legal guardian, or other responsible adult assumes full responsibility for their child's safety and behavior during such visits or events. In these cases, the college expects that an adult responsible for the visiting child takes measures to ensure the child's safety and sees that the child complies with directions of college personnel. Grinnell College is not responsible for supervision of minors on campus.

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