Welcome to the Article V Hall of Fame. Here we profile Americans who have contributed to advancing the goal of states meeting in Convention to propose amendments to our Constitution under the authority granted them in Article V.
One of our least recognized but most influential founders, George Mason was extremely apprehensive of putting too much power in the hands of the federal government. He was a driving force behind the inclusion of the Bill of Rights in our Constitution, and sagely predicted that if Congress were the only body able to propose amendments to the Constitution, “no amendments of the proper type would ever be obtained by the people, if the Government should become oppressive.” His proposal that the states should also have the power to propose amendments was incorporated in Article V and unanimously approved at the Constitutional Convention.
Michael Stokes Paulsen
Michael Stokes Paulsen is among the nation's leading scholars of constitutional interpretation. He is a Distinguished Chair & Professor of Law at St. Thomas University, and has worked in the Department of Justice Criminal Division, the Center for Law & Religious Freedom in Washington, D.C., and the Attorney General’s Office of Legal Counsel. His publications include articles in the Yale Law Journal, Stanford Law Review, Chicago Law Review, NYU Law Review, and the Georgetown Law Journal.
In 1993, Paulsen conducted an aggregation analysis and determined that 45 states had submitted valid, active applications to Congress requesting an Article V Convention to propose amendments to the Constitution. Congress failed to discharge its responsibility to call the Convention.
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