The Second Annual Constitutional Institute at George Washington's Mount Vernon Seminar Materials


This comprehensive, stand-alone publication is direct from a September 2016 seminar.

This seminar covered the constitutionality of executive orders and their use since Washington's time. The seminar offered:

  • A one of a kind, truly immersive CLE experience at the new Fred W. Smith National Library for the Study of George Washington at Mount Vernon, led by many of the nation’s leading constitutional law
  • Practical guidance and historical perspective for any attorney dealing with constitutional issues involving Executive Orders and Executive Actions, regardless of the nature of the case
  • A unique look into George Washington’s governing philosophy as it related to Executive Authority and the ongoing actions of modern day courts to heed his words

Table of Contents


Session 1

Dividing and Choosing: Checks and Balances and the Foundation of
Constitutional Liberty
Douglas Bradburn

Dividing our Royal Inheritance: The Supreme Court, the President, and the
Prerogative power in the Early Republic
Kate Brown

A Republican Monarch of Sorts: Federalist Concepts of Executive
Edward Larson

Session 2

Executive Power in the Early Republic: Law vs. Opinion
Jeremy Bailey

Session 3

Today 's Imperial Executive: When Presidents or Governors Do It, That
Means It Is Not Illegal (From Nixon to Obama, Plus McDonnell and McAuliffe.)
John Dean

Session 4
Panel Discussion Regarding Executive Orders and Actions in the
21st Century


Jeremy D. Bailey, Ph.D., University of Houston

Douglas Bradburn, Ph.D, Fred W. Smith National Library for the Study of George Washington

Kate Brown, Ph.D., Huntington University

Hon. Kenneth Thomas "Ken" Cuccinelli II, J.D., Former Attorney General of Virginia

John W. Dean, J.D., Former Nixon White House Counsel

Michael S. Greve, Ph.D., George Mason University

Edward J. Larson, Ph.D., J.D., Pepperdine University

Ilya Somin, J.D., George Mason University


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