Stephen B. Presser

Stephen B. Presser is the legal affairs editor for Chronicles magazine. He is the Raoul Berger Professor of Law Emeritus at Northwestern University's Pritzker School of Law, and Professor of Business Law Emeritus at the Kellogg School of Management. He is a leading American legal historian and expert on shareholder liability for corporate debts.

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Latest by Stephen B. Presser in Chronicles

  • Considering Judge Barrett
    November 2020

    Considering Judge Barrett

    9 ½ min

    Amy Coney Barrett is an adherent of Antonin Scalia’s judicial philosophy, Scalia being the most celebrated proponent of originalism and textualism. Adding her to the Court may shift it in a conservative direction for the next generation.

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  • Put Not Your Faith in Judges
    September 2020

    Put Not Your Faith in Judges

    10 min

    Conservatives’ faith in originalist judges has been misplaced, as the most recent U.S. Supreme Court term has shown. John Roberts and his ilk will not preserve American liberty or the timeless truths about humanity upon which the Constitution rests.

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  • What the Editors Are Reading
    August 2020

    What the Editors Are Reading

    4 min

    Catharine Savage Brosman reviews Marie-Henri Beyle's La Chartreuse de Parme and Stephen B. Presser reviews Saul Bellow's The Adventures of Augie March.

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  • January 2020

    What the Editors Are Reading

    4 ¼ min

    The Diary of a Country Priest (1936) by Georges Bernanos is as timely now as ever. It can be appreciated for its powerful Christian vision, its pertinence to today’s social illnesses, and its literary excellence, as shown in narrative technique, style, character portraits, and subtle plot development. I’ve taught it repeatedly.

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  • Impeachment, Just and Unjust
    November 2019

    Impeachment, Just and Unjust

    8 ½ min

    What exactly did the framers mean by putting in the Constitution Article II, Section 4? This is the section that reads, “The President, Vice President and all civil Officers of the United States, shall be removed from Office on Impeachment for, and Conviction of, Treason, Bribery, or other high Crimes and Misdemeanors.”

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