My takeaway from A Conference on the Constitutional Convention
by Al Cannistraro
Al Cannistraro is a retired Social Security Disability Adjudicator from New York City. He lives in upstate New York near Albany, where he pursues various and sundry interests.
A "Conference on the Constitutional Convention," a three-day event held recently at Harvard Law School's Ames Courtroom, located in historic Austin Hall on the Cambridge campus. "ConConCon," as it was also called, examined the "pros and cons" and "ins and outs" of attempting to hold an Article V Constitution Convention to make necessary updates to the US Constitution. The clause of Article V that was specifically examined and discussed allows for a convention to be initiated by applications from 34 of the 50 states (two-thirds), with any resulting proposed amendments to be put up for ratification by three-fourths of the states.
The event was co-chaired by Mark Meckler, a lawyer and former network and Internet marketer, who also is a spokesman for and co-founder of Tea Party Patriots, and Lawrence Lessig, a Harvard law professor and founder of Rootstrikers. The event drew approximately 400 participants from across the political spectrum, several of whom were pro-convention activists and/or Article V experts.
Lessig and Meckler opened and closed the event.
Instapundit founder Glenn Reynolds delivered a "Keynote from the Right,” while Prof. Lessig delivered a keynote from a different perspective. Speakers on different panels focused on legal and procedural issues, political issues, and strategies. A Closing Panel looked forward to possible next steps.