Sullivan Serves on ABA Signing Statements Task Force

Kathleen M. Sullivan, Stanley Morrison Professor of Law and former dean, this year served on a special American Bar Association (ABA) Task Force on Presidential Signing Statements and the Separation of Powers Doctrine. According to a July 24 article in the Washington Post, President Bush has vetoed only one bill in this term but has issued 110 presidential signing statements that retract the presidential obligation to enforce parts of the new law. To investigate, the ABA assembled the task force, a bipartisan group of constitutional, legal, and judicial experts, which found that constitutional signing statements are contrary to the rule of law and our constitutional system of separation of powers.