My law school classmate and GW professor Jeff Rosen has been named the new president and CEO of the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia. Jeff and I have sometimes sparred on this blog (no, Jeff, there is no still such thing as the “Constitution in Exile movement,”) but he’s a top notch and amazingly prolific scholar who will undoubtedly bring new prominence and intellectual energy to the Center. Among his many books, my favorite is The Supreme Court: The Personalities and Rivalries that Defined America.
My sense is that the Center, which describes itself as a “museum, town hall, and civic educational headquarters” has had limited interaction with the legal academy. Indeed, until now I was only vaguely aware of the Center’s existence. It will be interesting to see whether the Center will now engage more with Jeff’s academic colleagues.
I couldn’t find any mention of how Jeff’s new position will affect his relationship with GW, beyond the fact that he is apparently moving to Philadelphia (“I’m very much looking forward to coming to Philadelphia and experiencing all this great city has to offer”), or his other job as legal affairs editor of The New Republic.