Lessig ponders the role of a Constitutional Convention (video)

HLS Professor Lawrence Lessig

HLS Professor Lawrence Lessig

On September 24th, people from across America and across the political spectrum convened at Harvard Law School to discuss the advisability and feasibility of organizing a Constitutional Convention. The conference was co-hosted by Harvard Law School Professor Lawrence Lessig, founder of Change Congress, and Mark Meckler, co-founder and a national coordinator of Tea Party Patriots.

In a series of panels and keynotes, the conference focused on the political, strategic and legal considerations that might define an Article V Convention.

In an interview prior to the conference, Lessig offered insight into the role a Constitutional Convention might play in addressing what he calls a “fundamental crisis in governance.”

“My view is that we need a change that dislodges the current system of corruption and puts in its place one that allows members to be independent enough to think about what their constituents want,” Lessig explained. “I don’t think we’re going to get that change without something like a convention.”

Lessig is the author of the recently published book, “Republic, Lost: How Money Corrupts Congress—and a Plan to Stop It,” which advocates for a convention to address what he calls the corrupting influence of money and special interests in Congress.