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Sharpest Legal Eagle: Sanford Levinson, UT Law School

If you need a refresher course on the Constitution (and its limits), an acute analysis of the U.S. slide into torture as a state policy, or a disquisition on the disquieting temptation for presidents to become "constitutional dictators," Sanford "Sandy" Levinson is your man. Routinely described as a "liberal" legal scholar, Levinson stands against tyrannical ideas – whether reflected in too-easy dismissals of gun rights or too ritualized genuflections to the "Founding Fathers," he's amply persuasive that their sometimes fusty Constitution could use a dramatic overhaul. If it ever happens, we'll need his advice and counsel.

Sanford Levinson, 727 E. Dean Keeton, 512/471-5151, www.utexas.edu/law

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