The Dignity of Politics: A Panel Discussion

Mar 27, 2018
Jenner & Block, 45th Floor
353 N Clark St.
Chicago, IL 60654
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James R. StonerLouisiana State University

Justice Mary Jane TheisSupreme Court Justice of Illinois

Larry SuffredinCook County Board of Commissioners

  • The Dignity of Politics

Cosponsored by the Catholic Lawyers Guild of Chicago and Jenner & Block, LLP

A panel discussion featuring James R. Stoner and respondents Justice Mary Jane Theis, Dan Cronin, and Larry Suffredin.

A dynamic society accords respect to political activities and the choice of a career in politics, and it needs to do so for society to thrive. Politics is held in low repute today, breeding contempt for the day-to-day activities of citizens and politicians involved in the making of law and public policy. Self-government is a great achievement; both rare and fragile, it is only achieved by the virtue of those who participate in it. Contempt for politics and politicians imperils our republic by dissuading virtuous men and women from assisting in the making of law and public policy.

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James R. Stoner, Jr. is Professor of Political Science at Louisiana State University. He holds a PhD from Harvard University and has teaching and research interests in political theory, English common law, and American constitutionalism. He is the author of Common-Law Liberty: Rethinking American Constitutionalism and Common Law and Liberal Theory: Coke, Hobbes, and the Origins of American Constitutionalism. He has taught at LSU since 1988.


Mary Jane Theis is a Supreme Court Justice of Illinois.

Lawrence J. "Larry" Suffredin is a member of the Cook County Board of Commissioners representing the 13th district.