“Pam S. Karlan on Fair Democracy”


Pam S. Karlan, Stanford Law professor and EPIC Advisor, delivered a speech to the American Constitution Society for Law and Policy (ACS), where she is also Board Chair. The mission of ACS is to “promote the vitality of the U.S. Constitution and the fundamental values it expresses: individual rights and liberties, genuine equality, access to justice, democracy and the rule of law.”

Karlan emphasized the importance of not letting fear rule over us. “Do not be afraid,” Karlan said before comparing points of Judge Learned Hand’s speech during “I am An American Day” to the daily impactful work members of ACS do in order to protect a democratic way of life. “It is our hearts and our minds – when we litigate in courts, and our bodies when we show up in the streets…and contribute to important causes that ensure liberty.” Karlan noted that we share many democratic values regardless of differences in belief.

Listen to Karlan’s full speech below.

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