Winston & Strawn litigation partner Gene Schaerr, chair of the firm's appellate and critical motions practice, was interviewed in an article titled "Discovering a New (old) Constitution" that was published in the February 9, 2010 issue of The American Lawyer.
The article discusses a recent discovery by the Constitutional Sources Project, or ConSource, a project whose mission is to provide online access to historical documents that shed light on the original meaning of the Constitution.
According to the article, ConSource's founder Lorianne Updike Toler recently uncovered a previously unknown draft of the U.S. Constitution by one of the document's framers. Schaerr, and a fellow history buff Randall Guyn, who co-founded ConSource, which is housed in Winston's Washington, D.C. office, were thrilled to learn of Toler's recent discovery. Toler, who stepped down as head of ConSource in early 2009, says the site provides access to thousands of primary documents and has impacted the development of curricula for schools of all levels.
Winston continues to do work for ConSource and assigns various research projects to summer associates each year, Schaerr says. Schaerr is currently conducting research for the project on "aspects of the Constitution that were meant to help U.S. businesses flourish," he says.