Commentary by James Wilson Institute

  • James Wilson Summer Legal Fellowship 2022

    by James Wilson Institute on September 9, 2022
    On July 31 2022, we convened our annual James Wilson Fellowship. The class and fellowship were among our best yet. In the spring, we selected a group of outstanding law students and young lawyers to comprise our ninth class of Fellows. We selected seventeen Fellows out of nearly sixty applicants. As we have the past […]
  • “Don’t Ignore the Federal Levers on Abortion” – Hadley Arkes in National Review

    by James Wilson Institute on August 29, 2022
    Hadley Arkes argues that conservatives must use federal power to protect the rights of the unborn. Even before Roe v. Wade, the federal government involved itself in regulating abortion. After Dobbs, Arkes says the levers of federal power over abortion will be of great importance. The Biden Administration is already moving to protect access to […]
  • “Liberty To Do What?” — Hadley Arkes at The Human Life Review

    by James Wilson Institute on July 6, 2022
    On June 1, 2022, James Wilson Institute Founder and Director Hadley Arkes joined First Things editor Rusty Reno and City College of New York’s George McKenna for a panel hosted by The Human Life Review. They first discussed the potential conflict between liberty and freedom as written in McKenna’s essay, “The Odd Couple: Freedom and […]
  • “The Greatest Living American Issues His Career-defining Court Opinion” – Josh Hammer

    by James Wilson Institute on June 28, 2022
    Josh Hammer is opinion editor of Newsweek, a research fellow with the Edmund Burke Foundation, counsel and policy advisor for the Internet Accountability Project, a syndicated columnist through Creators and a contributing editor for Anchoring Truths. In a piece for The Epoch Times, Josh Hammer outlines how Justice Clarence Thomas’s 63-page majority opinion in New […]
  • “What Comes After Roe” by Gerard V. Bradley

    by James Wilson Institute on June 28, 2022
    Gerard V. Bradley is a trustee of JWI and a professor of law at Notre Dame School of Law “Almost fifty years after handing down its calamitous abortion decision on January 22, 1973, SCOTUS has finally corrected the biggest mistake it ever made.” Gerard V. Bradley, trustee of the James Wilson Institute and professor of […]
  • Podcast: Nate Hochman on “What Comes After the Religious Right?”

    by James Wilson Institute on June 10, 2022
    In this episode, Garrett Snedeker joins talented young journalist Nate Hochman to discuss his recent article, “What Comes After the Religious Right?” The New York Times featured this article in its Sunday Section in early June of 2022. “What Comes After the Religious Right?” is widely applauded for its detailed descriptions on the debate on the future of conservatism […]
  • “A Jurisprudential Red Pill: Part II” – Evelyn Blacklock

    by James Wilson Institute on June 2, 2022
    Evelyn Blacklock continues her review of Prof. Adrian Vermeule’s book Common Good Constitutionalism in part two of “A Jurisprudential Red Pill.” In this final installment, she discusses the classical legal tradition as the tradition of the U.S. legal system. In his book, Vermeule recognizes elements of the classical legal tradition in the American legal system, […]
  • “A Post-Roe Legislative Agenda for Congress” — Josh Craddock in Public Discourse

    by James Wilson Institute on June 1, 2022
    Josh Craddock, a 2019 James Wilson Fellow, introduces a strategy for pro-life congressmen to follow after the overturn of Roe v. Wade. He establishes that Congress’ definition of personhood lies at the root of the abortion issue and must include unborn children. Craddock then argues that Congressmen must preserve the definition of personhood from the […]
  • Remembering Holden Tanner (’20)

    by James Wilson Institute on May 22, 2022
    JWI mourns the tragic death of Holden Tanner, 2020 James Wilson Fellow. In this time of grief, we offer our deepest condolences to all who knew him and pray for the repose of Holden’s soul. Please also pray for strength for his wife and children. Hadley Arkes, JWI Founder and Director, shares the following: I […]
  • “The Conservative Legal Movement Sputters” — Josh Hammer in the Spectator World

    by James Wilson Institute on April 20, 2022
    Taking an honest look at today’s conservative jurisprudence, Josh Hammer calls for a return to the Bible, natural law, and the substantive precepts underpinning our constitutional order. Some excerpts: “A sober, empirical assessment of the past four decades paints an ambiguous picture of substantive conservative success in US courthouses. It is simply not obvious how […]