The Dignity of Politics

The Lumen Christi Institute, in partnership with the Catholic Lawyers
Guild of Chicago and Jenner & Block LLP, presents

The Dignity of Politics
a Law and Cultural Forum discussion featuring

James R. Stoner
Professor of Political Science at Louisiana State University

With Panel Respondents

Justice Mary Jane Theis
Illinois Supreme Court

Dan Cronin
President, DuPage County Board

Larry Suffredin
Cook County Commissioner

Tuesday, March 27 | 5:30 – 7pm
Jenner and Block Chicago (53 N Clark St.) | 45th Floor

A reception will precede and follow the panel discussion.

A dynamic society accords respect to political activities and the choice of a career in politics, and it needs to do so for society to thrive. Politics is held in low repute today, breeding contempt for the day-to-day activities of citizens and politicians involved in the making of law and public policy. Self-government is a great achievement; both rare and fragile, it is only achieved by the virtue of those who participate in it. Contempt for politics and politicians imperils our republic by dissuading virtuous men and women from assisting in the making of law and public policy.

Professor James R. Stoner, Jr. (PhD, Harvard University) has teaching and research interests in political theory, English common law, and American constitutionalism. He is the author of Common-Law Liberty: Rethinking American Constitutionalism (Kansas, 2003) and Common Law and Liberal Theory: Coke, Hobbes, and the Origins of American Constitutionalism(Kansas, 1992).

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