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Master in Law program’s Professor Michael Gerhardt to testify to House Judiciary Committee on Trump impeachment proceedings

December 03, 2019

Michael Gerhardt, the Burton Craige Distinguished Professor of Jurisprudence at the University of North Carolina School of Law and Lecturer in the Master in Law (ML) program at the University of Pennsylvania Carey Law School, will testify to the U.S. House of Representatives’ Judiciary Committee, Wednesday, December 4. The Democratic majority on the Committee has called four Constitutional law scholars to testify as expert witnesses in the Committee’s first impeachment hearing: Noah Feldman, a Harvard Law professor, Pamela Karlan, a law professor at Stanford, Jonathan Turley, a law professor at George Washington, and Gerhardt.  

Professor Gerhardt, who teaches American Constitutional Law in Penn Law’s ML program, specializes in constitutional conflicts and has been active as a scholar, advisor, special counsel, expert witness, and public commentator on all the major conflicts between presidents and Congress in the last 25 years. He has advised both Congressional leaders and White House officials on numerous constitutional issues, including judicial nominations, recess appointments, impeachment, health care reform, the filibuster, and the debt ceiling crises. 

In 1998, he was the only expert invited to speak behind closed doors to the House of Representatives about the possible impeachment of President Clinton, and he was the only joint witness in the House Judiciary Committee’s principal hearing on the impeachment of President Clinton. The House Judiciary Committee selected him as the principal reporter for three distinguished legal scholars whom it asked to draft a censure resolution for the committee to consider in lieu of impeaching the President. 

In 2003 and 2005, he advised U.S. Senate majority leaders and the Democratic Policy Committee on the constitutionality of the filibuster and the so-called nuclear option. In addition, Professor Gerhardt is the only legal scholar to participate in Supreme Court confirmation hearings for five of the nine justices currently sitting on the Supreme Court.

On November 20, Professor Gerhardt delivered the inaugural lecture, “Impeachment: Procedure and Precedent,” in what will become an annual Master in Law-sponsored event.

More information about the ML program, including individual course listings and details on the ML Degree or Certificate requirements is available online.