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  • ‘Dobbs’ and the Conservative Legal Movement – Gerald V. Bradley in National Catholic Register

    Posted by James Wilson Institute on Dec 7, 2021
    James Wilson Institute’s Senior Scholar, Gerry Bradley, writes in the National Catholic Register about Dobbs v Jackson Women’s Health Organization and how if Roe is overturned, it would not necessarily mean the end of abortion or even the beginning of the end of it.  Some excerpts from the piece: “Although the conservative legal movement has […] …
  • Takeaways from Oral Arguments in Dobbs- Hadley Arkes in First Things

    Posted by James Wilson Institute on Dec 2, 2021
    After the Supreme Court heard oral arguments in the Dobbs v Jackson Woman’s Health Organization, JWI Founder and Director Hadley Arkes proffered his thoughts on what happened and what it means for pro-lifers. Some excerpts from the piece: “One side, we might say, was “morally challenged” or imbecilic, and the other side wasn’t sure just […] …
  • “Abortion as Anti-Law” – Hadley Arkes in National Review

    Posted by James Wilson Institute on Nov 20, 2021
    In anticipation of the Dobbs v Jackson Woman’s Health Organization oral argument, JWI Founder and Director, Hadley Arkes opines on the real possibility the Supreme Court issues an opinion reshaping its jurisprudence on abortion in the print edition of National Review. Arkes, joined by Robert George, Ramesh Ponnuru, Michael Brendan Dougherty, and Carter Snead, contributed […] …
  • PODCAST: Judge Robert Conrad on John Fisher and Thomas More

    Posted by James Wilson Institute on Nov 5, 2021
    Join JWI Deputy Director Garrett Snedeker and Intern Seth Root as they interview Judge Robert Conrad of the United States District Court for the Western District of North Carolina. They discuss his new book, John Fisher and Thomas More: Keeping Their Souls While Losing Their Heads, and how the faith and integrity of these two men carried […] …
  • PODCAST: Michael Knowles on Speechless

    Posted by James Wilson Institute on Nov 3, 2021
    Best-selling author Michael Knowles joined the Anchoring Truths podcast to discuss his new release, Speechless: Controlling Words, Controlling Minds. In the podcast, we discuss how conservatives should not expect to win the culture war by abandoning objective standards, how critical theory made its “long march through the institutions,” and the need for conservatives to adopt a […] …
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The first and governing maxim in the interpretation of a statute is to discover the meaning of those who made it.
— James Wilson, Lectures on Law, 1790