Fauxriginalism

I proposed the idea for our recently-launched “Fauxriginalism” social media campaign after a colleague coined the word while addressing the audience at the 2018 Lavender Law Legal Conference. I approached my team with the idea of creating a concrete definition to shine a light on legal scholars who claim that they practice constitutional originalism—a legal philosophy that the words in the U.S. Constitution should be interpreted as they were understood at the time they were written—when in fact they selectively follow only some of the Constitution or distort its meaning in order to meet their desired legal conclusions.

I developed this campaign, which included drafting the definition and social media messaging, as well as designing the corresponding graphics, to support CAC’s message that constitutional originalists must apply the whole Constitution to their legal arguments, not just the select portions that elevate their own views.