The United States is a nation of laws, and its Constitution and the rule of law have allowed it to confront and successfully navigate many threats to democracy throughout the nation’s complex history, including a Civil War. All of these threats challenged the nation in various ways, but never has there been a challenge to the truth of our elections like what happened on January 6, 2021.

The Insurrection represents a turning point in America’s history. In addition to the unprecedented assault on the U.S. Capitol, members of the government sought to undermine an election and supported an attack on the government.

Exposing the issues that led us to January 6, Beyond Imagination? brings together 14 deans of American law schools to examine the day’s events and how we got there, from a legal perspective, in hopes of moving the nation forward towards healing and a recommitment to the rule of law and the Constitution.


Imprint: West Academic Publishing
Series: Coursebook
Publication Date: 12/30/2021

Mark C. Alexander, Villanova University School of Law

Michèle Alexandre, Stetson University College of Law

Erwin S. Chemerinsky, University of CA-Berkeley School of Law

Danielle M. Conway, Dickinson Penn State-Carlisle

Anthony W. Crowell, New York Law School

Garry W. Jenkins, University of Minnesota Law School

Kevin R. Johnson, University of CA-Davis School of Law

Jennifer L. Mnookin, University of California-L.A. School of Law

Kimberly Mutcherson, Rutgers University Law School-Camden

Andrew M. Perlman, Suffolk University Law School

Carla D. Pratt, Washburn University School of Law

Theodore W. Ruger, University of Pennsylvania Law School

Daniel P. Tokaji, University of Wisconsin Law School

Robert K. Vischer, University of St. Thomas-MN School of Law

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