Join us Friday, November 3rd, as we welcome guest speaker Lee Strang, J.D., LL.M. from the UT Law School/Institute of Constitutional Thought at the University of Toledo.  

Professor Strang joined the faculty in 2008, was granted tenure in 2010, and was named John W. Stoepler Professor of Law & Values in 2015. Before that, he was a visiting Professor at Michigan State University College of Law. A graduate of the University of Iowa, where he was Articles Editor of the Iowa Law Review and Order of the Coif, Professor Strang also holds an LL.M. degree from Harvard Law School. During the fall, 2015, Professor Strang was a visiting scholar at the Georgetown Center for the Constitution. In 2016, he was appointed to the Ohio Advisory Committee of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, and appointed chair in 2022. The University of Toledo awarded Professor Strang its Outstanding Faculty Research and Scholarship Award in 2017. During the 2018-2019 academic year, Professor Strang was a visiting fellow at the James Madison Program at Princeton University. Professor Strang received The University of Toledo's Inclusive Excellence Award in 2021 for his contributions to the University's diversity, and President Postel conferred on Professor Strang the 2021 UToledo Creative and Scholarly Activity Award. Professor Strang was named to the advisory council of the Center for Originalism and the Catholic Intellectual Tradition, which includes Justice Alito and scholars from Oxford and Notre Dame. In 2023, Professor Strang was named the inaugural director of the Institute of American Constitutional Thought and Leadership.

Prior to teaching, Professor Strang served as a judicial clerk for Judge Alice M. Batchelder of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. He was also an associate for Jenner & Block LLP in Chicago, where he practiced in general and appellate litigation.

A prolific scholar, Professor Strang has published dozens of articles in the fields of constitutional law and interpretation, property law, and religion and the First Amendment. His most recent book, Originalism’s Promise: A Natural Law Account of the American Constitution (Cambridge University Press 2019), is the first natural law justification for originalism. Among other scholarly projects, he is currently editing the third edition of his unique, multi-volume, "modular" case book Federal Constitutional Law for Carolina Academic Press, and writing a book on the history of Catholic legal education.

Professor Strang is a frequent presenter at scholarly conferences. He is a regular participant in debates at law schools across the country, contributor to the media, and speaker to political, civic, and religious groups. He also consults on a wide variety of constitutional law issues including free speech and religious exercise, state constitutional law cases, and property law topics. In 2022, Professor Strang convened the first symposium on common good constitutionalism, hosted by the Harvard Journal of Law & Public Policy, at the Harvard Law School. (Source)

We are in need of volunteers to help us with Prayer and Pledge and Fine Master duties tomorrow, if you are able to assist, contact Ashley Lopez via email! (To learn more about how to sign up for Fine Master and Prayer and Pledge, please contact Sergeant at Arms, Randy Drewyor.)

A few meeting notes:

  • As you join us for lunch this week, we respectfully ask that you silence your phones/notifications at the start of program. 

  • If you are paying for your lunch online, ​​​please click here to log into your Rotary Account.  Then click on "My Account Balance" to pay for your lunch.  Lunch is $20.00.  We will also be accepting payment at the meeting by check or exact cash.  A buffet meal will be hosted at the Carranor Club starting at 11:45am. 

A Zoom link for this hybrid meeting will be sent out November 3rd at 9:30 am.