Assistant Attorney General to Deliver Les Rude Lecture at Hartwick

April 25, 2011

Darren Cunningham '98, Esq. will be the guest lecturer for the 2010-11 Leslie G. Rude Memorial Lecture, to be held at 7 p.m. on Monday, May 2, 2011 in Anderson Center for the Arts Theatre on the Hartwick College Campus. Admission is free and all are invited to attend.

Cunningham will address the topic "The Constitutionality of Healthcare Reform: Consumer Choice and the Commerce Clause."

Can Congress really require that every person purchase health insurance from a private company or face a penalty? The answer may lie in the commerce clause of the Constitution. Cunningham '98 will provide a historical explanation of the commerce clause and tenth amendment; the interpretation by the United States Supreme Court of the scope and power of the Federal Government; and the legal landscape awaiting the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.

Cunningham is an Assistant Attorney General for the State of Connecticut. A dual Economics and Political Science major at Hartwick, he was named a Faculty Scholar, participated in varsity football and track and field, and studied for a semester at Obirin University, Tokyo, Japan. After graduating magna cum laude from Albany Law School of Union University in 2001, where he was an executive editor of the Albany Law Review, he clerked for the Hon. Roger J. Miner of the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit in New York City. He currently represents the State of Connecticut in a variety of matters in state and federal court.

A reception will be held immediately following the lecture.

Leslie Rude was an outstanding Hartwick College faculty member and administrator. Following his death in 1998, Professor Emeritus Norma Hutman and Mrs. Marion Rude established the Leslie G. Rude Memorial Lecture Series to reflect his passionate interest in political science and public speaking and his commitment to public life.

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