The Odd Clauses of the U.S. Constitution

11.07.2011 - By Boston University School of Law

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The Constitution of the United States is the supreme law of the land, and throughout history, legal provisions like the First Amendment and Second Amendment have taken center stage. But what about the lesser-known parts of our Constitution? In this edition of the BU Law podcast, host David Yas, a BU Law alum, former publisher of Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly and a V.P. at Bernstein Global Wealth, welcomes law professor and humorist Jay Wexler to discuss his new book, The Odd Clauses: Understanding the Constitution Through Ten of its Most Curious Provisions. In a wide-ranging conversation, they touch on constitutional oddities such as the Titles of Nobility Clause and the Letters of Marque Clause, and discuss instances where these long-ignored provisions have suddenly become headline news after decades or centuries in hibernation.

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