Kenji Yoshino - JURIST Interview

JURIST Editorial Coordinator Arjun Mishra interviews famous Constitutional law scholar and author, Kenji Yoshino. Kenji Yoshino is one of the most prominent scholars of the Constitution and the Chief Justice Earl Warren Professor of Constitutional Law at New York University School of Law. His main areas of expertise are anti-discrimination and constitutional law, which converge in his most recent book SPEAK NOW: MARRIAGE EQUALITY ON TRIAL (Crown 2015). The book narrates the story of Hollingsworth v. Perry, a California case in which a civil trial determined that popularly passed Proposition 8 was an unconstitutional violation of equal protection.

Kenji Yoshino discusses all angles of the case, from the background leading up to the trial, the sheer uniqueness of the civil trial (displayed by 55 pages finding 80 facts), and the human drama and players. Most poignantly, he discusses his own family and how developments in his personal realm paralleled the legal realm. 

It is a convergence of law and love, where the civil ceremonies of trial and marriage meet. 

In addition, Kenji speaks about law & literature, the legal brilliance of Shakespeare, and other constitutional issues. 

A very special thank you goes to Sarah Pekdemir at Crown Publishing Group. The book is currently available and for sale wherever books are sold. 


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