Constitutional Scholar Gerard Magliocca to Address Current Legal Matters Impacting the 2024 Presidential Campaign


Fulton, Mo. March 20, 2024: Gerard Magliocca, the Samuel L. Rosen Professor of Law at Indiana University Robert McKinney School of Law, will present a special lecture on the current legal issues impacting the 2024 presidential election at noon on Friday, March 22 in the Coulter Science Center Lecture Hall at Westminster College. The presentation will also be livestreamed on Westminster’s YouTube page for those who cannot attend in person.

Magliocca is a highly regarded constitutional scholar and one of the nation’s leading experts on Section 3 of the 14th Amendment, which focuses on disqualifying former government officials from holding office for betraying the U.S. Constitution by engaging in an insurrection. The public is invited to attend the presentation at no charge.

Magliocca is the author of five books and dozens of articles on constitutional law. His work has also appeared in the New York Times, the Washington Post, Politico, and Lawfare. His speech titled “When Will We Know If Donald Trump Is Eligible to Be President?” continues his ongoing research related to Section 3 of the 14th Amendment.

“Professor Magliocca’s deep knowledge of constitutional law will make for a very timely discussion given the high profile legal matters impacting the 2024 presidential campaign season now underway,” said Dr. Tobias Gibson, the Dr. John Langton Professor of Legal Studies and Political Science at Westminster College. “We are privileged to have such a highly regarded expert share his knowledge with the public on our campus.”

Magliocca will also participate in a group discussion on Saturday, March 23 at 9 a.m. with two other distinguished authors at the Church of St. Mary the Virgin, Aldermanbury, part of America’s National Churchill Museum, on the Westminster College campus as part of the 2024 Churchill Fellows Weekend. He will discuss his book Winston Churchill on the American Constitution.

The law professor received his undergraduate degree from Stanford University and his law degree from Yale University. He joined the faculty at Indiana University in 2001 after two years as an attorney and one year as a law clerk for Judge Guido Calabresi on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. In 2008, Magliocca held the Fulbright-Dow Distinguished Research Chair of the Roosevelt Study Center in Middelburg, the Netherlands, and from 2019 to 2021 he was a fellow at the Washington Library at Mount Vernon.

ABOUT WESTMINSTER COLLEGE: Founded in 1851 and home of Winston Churchill’s “Iron Curtain” speech, Westminster College is ranked prestigiously by The Princeton Review as one of the “Best 150 colleges in the Midwest” for 2024. New graduates experience a more than 90% placement rate within six months of graduation, while Westminster alumni are in the top 16% nationwide for graduate earnings. The only National Liberal Arts college in Missouri, Westminster has long been recognized for its focus on educating and inspiring students to make an impact on the world around them. Find out more about Westminster College by visiting our website.

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Sarah Rummel Backer is the Director of Media Relations and Senior Writer at Westminster College in Fulton, Missouri. A proud Westminster graduate, Sarah has more than 20 years of experience in marketing and strategic communications in the areas of higher education, medicine, agriculture, and the private business sector.