Law Professor Explores New Value Direction for Constitutional Law through Empathetic Dialogues

Law Professor Mitch Crusto explored new directions for constitutional law at the Southeastern Association of Law Schools 2010 Annual Conference in Palm Beach, Florida, July 30, 2010. Crusto presentation, entitled “Empathetic Dialogues: Toward Value Principles in Constitutional Law,” was a part of a panel on “Obama, Empathy, and the Constitution.” Using Biblical references to Abraham’s dialogue with God on the injustice of the proposed killing of innocent people in the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah, Crusto posited that judges have a moral obligation to seek justice in their decisions. He used examples of how empathetic dialogues are embedded in the Constitution to show how empathetic dialogues are a proven judicial means of achieving value principles of constitutional law.