Constitutional Revision in Missouri - A Panel Discussion
A panel of legal experts will provide insights on Missouri's initiative, referendum and amendment provisions and evaluate the opportunity for constitutional revision in Missouri via the assembly of a constitutional convention.
Justin Dyer, Ph.D.
Professor of Political Science and Director of the Kinder Institute on Constitutional Democracy.
Justin Dyer completed his M.A. and Ph.D. in Government at the University of Texas at Austin. His research and teaching interests span the fields of American political development, political philosophy, and constitutional law, with a particular interest in the perennial philosophy of natural law. His most recent book, co-authored with Greg Casey, is A Guide to the Missouri Constitution, published by W.W. Norton & Co. in February 2017. He also recently co-edited the two-volume American Constitutional Law casebook, with Donald Kommers, Gary Jacobsohn, George Thomas, and John Finn. He regularly teaches undergraduate courses on political theory and the U.S. Constitution and graduate seminars on public law.
John Dinan, Ph.D.
Professor of Politics and International Studies, Wake Forest University
John Dinan’s research focuses on state constitutionalism, federalism, and American political development. He is the author of several books, including State Constitutional Politics: Governing by Amendment in the American States and The American State Constitutional Tradition, and he writes an annual entry on state constitutional developments for The Book of the States. He is the editor of Publius: The Journal of Federalism and is a past chair of the Federalism and Intergovernmental Relations Section of the American Political Science Association. He received his PhD from the University of Virginia.
James R. Layton, J.D.
Attorney, Tueth Keeney
Jim Layton joined Tueth Keeny in 2017 after serving more than 22 years in the Missouri Attorney General’s Office—nearly all of those as the State’s principal civil appellate lawyer, Solicitor General.
In addition to handling cases at Tueth Keeney, Mr. Layton assists clients, in-house counsel, and counsel at other firms with appellate strategy, motions, briefing, and argument. In doing so, he relies on many years of intense appellate experience: Layton has argued more than 90 times before the Missouri Supreme Court, four times before the U.S. Supreme Court, and more than 100 times in other state and federal appellate courts.
An adjunct professor of law at the University of Missouri for 20 years, he is a frequent speaker on appellate practice, legal writing, constitutional law, and issues arising from new appellate decisions.
Michael A. Wolff, J.D.
Professor Emeritus; Dean Emeritus, St. Louis University School of Law
Michael A. Wolff is an attorney, former Missouri Supreme Court judge and chief justice, and professor and dean emeritus of Saint Louis University Law School. His current practice involves select matters related to litigation, governmental affairs, and public interest law.
Wolff served for 13 years on the Supreme Court of Missouri, 1998 to 2011, including two years as chief justice 2005 to 2007. He returned to the faculty of Saint Louis University in 2011 and became dean of the law school in 2013, serving until 2017.
Wolff’s legal career has included a wide variety of practice, litigation, academic, governmental and judicial experience. A graduate of Dartmouth College, Wolff worked during law school as a reporter and copy editor for The Minneapolis Star Tribune and began his legal career after being graduated with honors from the University of Minnesota Law School in 1970. He served as a law clerk in the United States District Court, as a legal services lawyer in Saint Paul, Denver and Rapid City SD (where he served as director) before joining the Saint Louis University law faculty in 1975.