Honorable Edwin Meese III to the Marian Miner
Mr. Meese served as attorney general of the United
States from 1985 to 1988, during which time he
championed what he termed the "jurisprudence of
original intent." Calling for fidelity to the intentions of
the Constitution's framers and ratifiers, he opposed the
judicial activism of the modern Supreme Court and
helped bring about the nomination and confirmation of
Supreme Court justices and hundreds of federal court
judges pledged to the philosophy of judicial restraint.
As an outspoken conservative, Meese was a lightening rod for criticism throughout his long career of public
service. Before becoming attorney general, Meese
served as counsellor to President Ronald Reagan,
functioning as the president's chief domestic policy
advisor and helping to oversee the Cabinet, policy
development, and planning and evaluation for the
During Reagan's tenure as governor of California, Mr.
Meese served as his chief of staff. Before joining
Governor Reagan's staff in 1967, Mr. Meese served as
deputy district attorney of Alameda County, California.
From 1971 to 1981, Mr. Meese was a professor of law at
the University of San Diego, where he also directed the
Center for Criminal Justice Policy and Management.
Currently, Mr. Meese holds the Ronald Reagan Chair in
Public Policy at the Heritage Foundation, in Washington
D.C., and is a Distinguished Visiting Fellow at the
Hoover Institution, Stanford University.
Please join us for Mr. Meese's lively discussion of the
Supreme Court and the past and future of American
politics. The evening begins with a reception at 5:30,
followed by dinner at 6:00 and Mr. Meese's remarks at
7:00. This event is co-sponsored by the Claremont
chapter of Pi Sigma Alpha, the national honorary
fraternity for political scientists, and by Young
America's Foundation, as part of its Henry Salvatori
Distinguished Lecture Series.