Cammy Clark, of the Miami Herald, profiles FIU Law School Professor Elizabeth Price Foley’s third book, The Tea Party: Three Principles.
FIU law professor publishes third book on the constitution
Despite graduating with a history degree from Emory University, Elizabeth Price Foley knew little about the U.S. Constitution when she worked on healthcare legislation for two Democratic congressmen.
It was not until the early 1990s — when she left Capitol Hill to attend law school in Tennessee — that she discovered just how little she knew or had cared about the country’s founding legal document.
“I realized all the work I was doing on the Hill was kind of ludicrous,” she said. “I was operating under a knowledge vacuum, with no cognizance of whether the bills I were writing and promoting were constitutional. … The attitude was do what we want to do and let the courts stop us.”
Today, Foley, 46, of Key Largo, calls herself a “constitutional geek.” She can speak passionately for hours about the 224-year-old evolving document.
“She is one of constitutional law’s rising stars,” said Glenn Harlan Reynolds, a professor at the University of Tennessee College of Law.
Foley’s third book, The Tea Party: Three Principles, was published in February by Cambridge University Press. It follows The Law of Life & Death (Harvard University Press 2011) and Liberty for All: Reclaiming Individual Privacy in a New Era of Public Morality (Yale University Press 2006)