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2021 Constitution Day Symposium

Saturday, September 18, 2021

12:00 pm – 5:30 pm PT

Balboa Bay Resort

(Commodore Room)

1221 West Coast Highway

Newport Beach, CA 92663

The Claremont Institute invites you to celebrate Constitution Day with Dr. John Eastman and our Center for Constitutional Jurisprudence. We will be commemorating the 234th anniversary of the signing of the U.S. Constitution with panel discussions addressing some of the most pressing threats to our constitutional system. Our program will also feature a discussion with the recipient of this year’s Ronald Reagan Jurisprudence Award, Judge Carlos Bea, during the private luncheon.


Program Schedule

11:30 am - 12:00 pm – Registration


12:00 pm - 12:15 pm – Opening Remarks


Ryan P. Williams

President, Claremont Institute

John C. Eastman

Founding Director, Center for Constitutional Jurisprudence

Board Member, Claremont Institute


12:15 pm – 1:45 pm – Luncheon

Reagan Jurisprudence Award Presentation


Judge Carlos Bea

Senior Circuit Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit


2:00 pm - 3:30 pm – First Panel

Race, Education, and the Constitution


Elizabeth Eastman

2020-21 Senior Scholar in Residence at the Benson Center for the Study of

Western Civilization, University of Colorado Boulder


David Forte

Professor of Law, Cleveland State University


Scott Yenor

Professor of Political Science, Boise State University

Washington Fellow, Claremont Institute’s Center for the American Way of Life


Max Eden

Research Fellow, American Enterprise Institute

2015 Publius Fellow, Claremont Institute


3:45 pm – 5:15 pm – Second Panel

Election Integrity and the Future of American

Republican Government


John C. Eastman

Founding Director, Center for Constitutional Jurisprudence


John Yoo

Emanuel Heller Professor of Law, University of California at Berkeley

Jacki Pick

Senior Fellow, Texas Public Policy Foundation’s Life:Powered Program


Judge James Troupis

Former Judge for the Dane County Circuit Court in Wisconsin


5:15 pm – 5:30 pm – Closing Remarks

Restoring the Republic


John C. Eastman

Founding Director, Center for Constitutional Jurisprudence

Board Member, Claremont Institute


5:30 pm - 7:00 pm – Cocktail Reception



Dr. John Eastman is a Senior Fellow at the Claremont Institute and founding Director of the Institute’s Center for Constitutional Jurisprudence, a public interest law firm. He was a member of the law faculty at the Chapman University Fowler School of Law from 1999 to January 2021, specializing in Constitutional Law, Legal History, and Property. He was the Henry Salvatori Professor of Law & Community Service and served as the School’s Dean from 2007 to 2010. He has a Ph.D. in Government from the Claremont Graduate School and a J.D. from the University of Chicago Law School, and a B.A. in Politics and Economics from the University of Dallas. He serves as Chairman of the Federalist Society’s Federalism & Separation of Powers practice group and is a member of the board of directors of the Public Interest Legal Foundation and The Claremont Institute. Prior to joining the Chapman law faculty, Dr. Eastman served as a law clerk to the Honorable Clarence Thomas, Associate Justice, Supreme Court of the United States, and to the Honorable J. Michael Luttig, Judge, United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit and practiced law with the national law firm of Kirkland & Ellis.


Ryan Williams is the President of the Claremont Institute and Publisher of the Claremont Review of Books and The American Mind. Prior to becoming president in 2017, Mr. Williams held positions at the Claremont Institute as Chief Operating Officer, Director of Programs, Director of Special Projects, Assistant Director of Programs, and Research Assistant. He has taught American politics and political philosophy as an adjunct professor at California State University, San Bernardino, and Cal Poly Pomona. A 2004 Publius Fellow of the Claremont Institute, Mr. Williams holds a B.A. in Political Science and Economics from Hillsdale College and an M.A. in Politics from Claremont Graduate University. A native of Southern California, he was born in Santa Monica before moving to Encinitas in north county San Diego. He now resides in Claremont with his wife Amelia and their son.


Judge Carlos Bea serves as a judge on the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. He received his Bachelor's Degree from Stanford University in 1956 and his J.D. from Stanford Law School in 1958. Judge Bea was born in San Sebastian, Spain, and immigrated with his family to Cuba in 1939. In 1952, he represented Cuba on the Cuban National basketball team in the Helsinki Olympics. Judge Bea became a naturalized citizen of the United States in 1958. He engaged in private practice in San Francisco, principally in civil trials, and taught courses in civil litigation advocacy at Hastings College of Law and Stanford Law School. From 1990 to 2003, Judge Bea served as a judge of the San Francisco Superior Court. He was nominated by President George W. Bush to the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and was confirmed in 2003. Judge Bea and his wife Louise reside in San Francisco, where they raised their four sons, Sebastian, Alexander, Nicholas, and Dominic.

John Yoo is the Emanuel Heller Professor of Law at the University of California at Berkeley. Professor Yoo has served in all three branches of government. He was an official in the U.S. Department of Justice, where he worked on national security and terrorism issues after the 9/11 attacks. He served as general counsel of the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee and was a law clerk for Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas and federal appeals Judge Laurence Silberman. Professor Yoo has published more than 100 articles in academic journals on national security, constitutional law, international law, and the Supreme Court. His tenth book, Defender-in-Chief: Trump's Fight for Presidential Power, was published in 2020. Professor Yoo graduated from Yale Law School and summa cum laude from Harvard College.


Jacki Pick is a Senior Fellow at the Texas Public Policy Foundation’s Life:Powered Program, a national initiative working to raise America’s “energy IQ.” She hosts The Jacki Daily Show, an educational show focusing on energy and environment issues and airing on TheBlaze Radio Network and on the dial in Texas.  She is former counsel to the Chairman of the Subcommittee on the Constitution at the U.S. House of Representatives.  Jacki volunteered with the Trump legal team post-election in both Arizona and Georgia, narrating a video that raised questions about irregularities in Fulton County ballot processing that remains the subject of ongoing, successful litigation to inspect the ballots in question.  She is an alumna of the Vanderbilt University Law School and a member of the Class of 2011 Lincoln Fellows with the Claremont Institute.


Judge James Troupis was a judge for the Dane County Circuit Court in Dane County, Wisconsin. He was appointed to the court by Republican Governor Scott Walker. Prior to his appointment to the Dane County Circuit Court, Troupis maintained his law practice, specializing in intellectual property and constitutional law. He also previously practiced law with the firm of Michael Best & Friedrich and served as a law clerk for the Illinois Supreme Court. Judge Troupis received his undergraduate degree from Northwestern University and his J.D. from the Northwestern University School of Law.


Elizabeth Eastman holds a Ph.D. in Political Science from Claremont Graduate School, an M.A. in Liberal Education from St. John's College, and a B.A. in French Literature and Civilization from Scripps College. She has taught in the Political Science and History Departments at Chapman University and Azusa Pacific University in California and in the Liberal Studies Programs at Roosevelt University in Chicago and at California State University at Fullerton. She was the 2020-21 Senior Scholar in Residence at the Benson Center for the Study of Western Civilization at the University of Colorado, Boulder.


David Forte is Professor of Law at Cleveland State University, Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, where he was the inaugural holder of the Charles R. Emrick, Jr. - Calfee Halter & Griswold Endowed Chair. He has been a Fulbright Distinguished Chair at the University of Warsaw and the University of Trento and the Garwood Visiting Professor at Princeton University in the Department of Politics. He holds degrees from Harvard College, Manchester University, England, the University of Toronto, and Columbia University. Professor Forte served as chief counsel to the United States delegation to the United Nations and alternate delegate to the Security Council. Professor Forte was a Bradley Scholar at the Heritage Foundation, Visiting Scholar at the Liberty Fund, and Senior Visiting Scholar at the Center for the Study of Religion and the Constitution at the Witherspoon Institute in Princeton, New Jersey. He writes and speaks nationally on constitutional law, religious liberty, Islamic law, the rights of families, and international affairs.


Scott Yenor is a Washington Fellow at The Claremont Institute's Center for the American Way of Life and a Professor of Political Science at Boise State University, where he teaches political philosophy. His research focuses on feminism, sexual liberation, and on dismantling the rule of social justice in America's universities. Yenor is the author of Family Politics: The Idea of Marriage in Modern Political Thought. His latest book is The Recovery of Family Life: Exposing the Limits of Modern Ideologies. In addition, his academic publications have appeared in Law & Liberty, The Federalist, City Journal, and The Claremont Review of Books. He earned his Ph.D. from Loyola University, Chicago. He has five children and lives with his wife, Amy, in Meridian, Idaho.


Max Eden is a 2015 Claremont Institute Publius Fellow and a Research Fellow at the American Enterprise Institute (AEI), where he focuses on education reform, specifically K–12 and early childhood education. Before rejoining AEI, he was a senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute. In addition to many reports and studies on education, Mr. Eden is the coauthor of the Wall Street Journal and USA Today bestseller "Why Meadow Died: The People and Policies That Created the Parkland Shooter and Endanger America's Students." He is also the coeditor, with Frederick Hess, of "The Every Student Succeeds Act: What It Means for Schools, Systems, and States." Mr. Eden has testified about school violence before Congress and about the "school-to-prison pipeline" before the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights. He has a B.A. in history from Yale University.


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2021 Event Sponsors

The Claremont Institute extends warm thanks to our 2021 Constitution Day Sponsors:

Larry Smith, Distinguished Sponsor

Gordon and Vacharee Fell, Sponsor

Robert and Wende De Pietro, Sponsor

John Robert Renner, Sponsor

Greg and Veronica Langworthy, Sponsor

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