The Resurgent Role of Legal History

in Modern Judicial Decisionmaking

Unit 4

Required Reading

Optional Reading

Class Objectives


U.S. Const., Amend. II

District of Columbia v. Heller, 128 S. Ct. 2783 (2008) & hyperlinked historical sources


Judge Wilkinson, Of Guns, Abortions, and the Unraveling Rule of Law (2009)

Alan Gura, Heller and the Triumph of Originalist Judicial Engagement (2009)

Rory K. Little, Heller and Constitutional Interpretation: Originalism’s Last Gasp (2009)

Lund & Kopel, Unraveling Judicial Restraint: Guns, Abortion, and the Faux Conservatism of J. Harvie Wilkinson, III (2009)

Michael Steven Green, Why Protect Private Arms Possession?, (2008)


Overview the Second Amendment’s right to bear arms

Listen to oral arguments in District of Columbia v. Heller

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