Zachary N. Bernstein and Lydia Chen
The Harvard Crimson
September 26, 2011
Approximately 400 politicians, activists, and citizens from across the political spectrum convened this weekend at Harvard Law School to discuss the contentious possibility of holding a second constitutional convention.
The two-day “Conference on the Constitutional Convention”—hosted jointly by the Tea Party Patriots, Fix Congress First!, and HLS—consisted of a series of speeches and panels exploring the legal and political repercussions of holding an Article V Convention, as well as discussions of both liberal and conservative perspectives on the issue.
Article V of the United States Constitution provides that a convention to amend the Constitution may be held if two-thirds of state legislatures consent to it. Due to the difficulty of obtaining the necessary support, a constitutional convention has never been assembled under Article V.