Sujit Choudhry Takes A Look At Replacement Of A Senator

Sujit Choudhry; a renowned constitutional lawyer, recently went ahead to debunk the constitutional provisions that surround the replacement of a senator. This came in the wake of the sudden death of Senator John McCain who succumbed to brain cancer. Sujit says as much as it may be important to talk about his legacy, it is equally vital that we look at the constitutional provisions regarding the mechanisms of his replacement.

In his bid to look at the processes relating to the replacement of a senator who resigns, dies or is elected as president, Sujit makes reference to the Seventeenth Amendment. This amendment states that the governor of the state whose senator has died, resigned or elected president ought to appoint an acting senator until a time when an election takes place. However, this amendment is quite flexible and can be applied in several ways.

It would, however, be noted that this provision also works differently based on the states involved. Arizona, for instance, is one of the 36 states that allow the appointed senators to run for the seat in the next general election but can also step down in cases where the appointment was temporary. For the other 14 states, however, a special election has to be called. Notably, 4 states forbid the governor from making an appointment until the next general election is done.

Sujit Choudhry is an internationally recognized law guru who has been involved in the constitutional development of several countries. He holds a law degree from Toronto, Oxford and Havard. He has previously served as a law clerk for the supreme court of Canada’s Chief Justice, Antonio Lamer.

Professor Choudhry’s research focuses on a variety of issues especially in the field of comparative constitutional law and politics. He has mastered constitutional design as a tool that can help manage the transition from the state of violent conflict to a peaceful democratic process.

In the course of his research, Sujit Choudhry has managed to publish well over ninety articles, working papers, book chapters and reports. He currently serves as the director of the Center for Constitutional Transitions that offers evidence-based policy options.

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Jeremy Goldstein Tackles Mental Illness with Wine Dinner Fundraiser

Jeremy Goldstein is once again providing is time and connections within the New York community to give back. On May 21, 2019, Jeremy Goldstein will honor his friend Jim Finkel with a wine dinner titled Mental Illness: You Are Not “A Rhône.” Jeremy Goldstein is a highly successful and revered attorney in the New York City community. He holds a Law degree from New York University School of Law, and masters from the University of Chicago, as well as a Bachelors CumLaud from Cornell University. Mr.Goldstein owns and operates a boutique firm in New York as well as serves on the fountain House Board of Directors. As an attorney, Mr.Goldstein provides vital consultation to various executives in the city. He has also been revered as a leading figure in the lawyer community.


The dinner will be located at the Nomad Hotel Roofdeck and will run from 6 pm to 10 pm. Tickets are on sale for $5,000 a piece. Those attending will be able to experience some of the finest wines in the country, including La Landonne, and La Turque wines by E. Guigal. All proceeds collected that night will be donated to the fountain house, which aims to provide healthcare for those with mental illness. The Fountain House has been a hub of protection and aid for the people of New York since its establishment in 1948. When the building was purchased on West 47th Street, one single fountain stood within the garden area of the building, thus giving it the name the Fountain House.


Since then, the Fountain house has been able to provide a variety of assistance to mental illness patients. Some of these include providing them with training in order for people to be able to function in a normal workplace. Another aid provided within the fountain house is temporary housing. Since many of those suffering from mental issues often lose their jobs because of crippling anxiety, the fountain House often serves as a safe place where they are able to build their lives again and stay out of trouble. Recently, The Fountain House made headlines for their partnership with the World Health Organization. In 2018, the two organizations were able to work together to present the first ever mental health conference titled Healthier Longer Lives for People with Serious Mental Illness. This is among the worst steps to bring the issue of mental illness to the public and remove the negative stigmas attached to it.


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