Weekly Bulletin
September 27, 1999
Vol. 89, No. 3

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Shapiro offers fanfare for '03
Prizes reward excellence
Math helps explain protein folding
Macedo to direct program in Law, Public Affairs
Registrar Broh to go to COFHE
Summer labors
Water, water everywhere
ERISA information
Grants available


Macedo to direct Law and Public Affairs

Stephen Macedo has been named the founding director of Princeton's new Program in Law and Public Affairs (LAPA). An expert in political theory and American constitutionalism, he is also editor of NOMOS, the yearbook of the American Society for Political and Legal Philosophy.

A joint venture of the Woodrow Wilson School, the Department of Politics and the University Center for Human Values, LAPA will sponsor research, teaching, scholarly collaborations and public discussion in law and public affairs, beginning in the fall of 2000. The program will be located in the Wallace social sciences building, currently under construction.

After receiving his PhD in politics from Princeton in 1987, Macedo taught at Harvard University and held a named professorship of constitutional law and politics at Syracuse University before returning to Princeton this year as Laurance S. Rockefeller Professor of Politics and the University Center for Human Values.

As director of LAPA, he will oversee the appointment of Princeton faculty associates and visiting faculty fellows, who will bring both scholarly interest and practical experience in law and public affairs to the program's research projects, seminars, lectures, conferences and colloquia. Many of the visiting fellows are expected to teach freshman seminars or other courses in their areas of interest.

"Law is such a vital part of our society," said President Shapiro, "that the question for Princeton has never been whether we should include it in what we teach and study, but how. We have a distinguished tradition in the teaching of constitutional law, beginning with Woodrow Wilson and Edward Corwin and continuing over recent decades with Alpheus Mason, Walter Murphy and Robert George.

"This program seems to me the right next step for us. It will bring leaders of the legal world to Princeton to work with our students and faculty. It will expose our students to the distinctively rigorous mode of legal thinking, to the place of law in our intellectual tradition and to the ways in which the law is dealing with the increasingly complex and interrelated public policy questions of our time. At the same time, lawyers and legal scholars who come to Princeton will have an opportunity to learn first-hand about some of the research that is changing our world and posing new challenges both to our legal system and to our policy makers."

Said Michael Rothschild, dean of the Woodrow Wilson School, "This program is a vital addition to Princeton's intellectual life. Many public policies are implemented through laws. The consequences are profound and often unanticipated. A program for the study and teaching of law and public affairs will add greatly to our ability to teach how to make and implement public policy. Professor Macedo, a political philosopher with a deep interest in how law affects society, is an ideal choice to be the program's first director."

Fundraising to support the program has already begun. "How quickly and fully we are able to achieve our goals for the program will, of course, depend on the level of financial support we are able to obtain," Rothschild said.

"For me," said Macedo, "this program is an exciting opportunity to help build intellectual bridges: across departments and programs at Princeton, among people who study and teach about law, and between Princeton and the larger world of legal scholarship and practice. I hope the program can help deepen our understanding of how law contributes, or fails to contribute, to governance and human betterment."