In this video Judge Sutton discusses the central premise of his book: 51 Imperfect Solutions:  States and the Making of American Constitutional Law.  He examines the idea that :  “The Underappreciation of State Constitutional Law Has Hurt State and Federal Law and Has Undermined the Appropriate Balance Between State and Federal Courts in Protecting Individual Liberty”


Judge Jeffrey S. Sutton has served on the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit since 2003. Before that, he was the State Solicitor of Ohio and a partner at Jones Day in Columbus. He has argued twelve cases in the United States Supreme Court and numerous cases in the state supreme courts and federal courts of appeal. Judge Sutton served as a law clerk to Justices Lewis F. Powell, Jr. (Ret.) and Antonin Scalia, as well as Judge Thomas Meskill of the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. Judge Sutton received his B.A. from Williams College and his J.D. from The Ohio State University College of Law. Among other publications, he is the author of 51 Imperfect Solutions: States and the Making of American Constitutional Law.

Note to Viewers: This video is made available to promote education and discussion on issues related to state intermediate courts of appeal.  The views expressed in the video, however, are strictly those of the Presenter and do not reflect any opinion of the Council or its members on any issue.