When Justice Amy Coney Barrett took the bench in October 2020, she solidified a 6-to-3 conservative majority on the Supreme Court. But her confirmation also brought to the forefront divisions within the conservative legal movement that have existed for decades.

In this course, students will explore the arguments and disagreements among conservatives and libertarians over how to best understand the Constitution generally and the judicial power specifically. Fellows will consider debates over originalism, natural law, traditionalism, and judicial restraint, and explore how those debates influence jurisprudence on some of the most contentious issues in American politics, from religious liberty to abortion, gun rights, and executive power.

Image Credit: Trump White House Archives | The Supreme Court as Composed October 27, 2020, Fred Schilling, Collection of the Supreme Court of the United States

Adam J. White interviews Hon. Don Willett


Adam J. White

Adam J. White is a Resident Scholar at the American Enterprise Institute, and an Assistant Professor at George Mason University’s Antonin Scalia Law School, where he also directs the Gray Center for the Study of the Administrative State at George Mason University’s Antonin Scalia Law School.

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