On the afternoon of November 12, 2018, the recruitment talk and theme lecture of the Law School of Pennsylvania State University was held in Conference Hall 1922, Back Main Building. Professor LI Bin, Vice-president of the Law School of Beijing Normal University presided over the lecture. At the beginning of the lecture, Vice-president LI Bin briefly introduced the two speakers of the lecture: Mr. Stephen g. Barnes, assistant president of Graduate and International Programs of the Law School of Pennsylvania State University, and Mr. Kevin w. Rethore, Member of the Advisory Committee of the Law School. On behalf of the law school, he extended a warm welcome to them.
The lecture was divided into two parts. In the first part, Mr. Barnes made an enrollment preach. Mr. Barnes first introduced to the students the general situation of the Law School of Pennsylvania State University, showing the diversity, technicality and security of the Law School of Pennsylvania State University. Through this preach, Mr. Barnes hoped that students could actively apply for the LL.M program of the Law School of Pennsylvania State University and join the family of the Law School of Pennsylvania State University.
Then, Mr. Barnes gave a short but profound lecture with the theme of “How High is High? Impeachment Powers under the Constitution” (an overview of the US Constitution and how a U.S. president can be removed under the U.S. Constitution). Mr. Barnes first introduced the political system of the separation and balances of three powers in the United States: the legislature exercises the legislative power, the administrative body exercises the executive power, and the judicial office exercises the judicial power. He briefly explained the responsibilities of different organs, the content of mutual supervision, the election and taking office, etc, among which the power of impeachment against the legislature is explained in detail. Mr. Barnes introduced the origin of the power of impeachment and the exercise procedures of the power of impeachment in modern times. He listed three presidents in American history who have been under impeachment investigation: Andrew Johnson, Richard Nixon and Bill Clinton, President of the United States, detailed the process of their impeachment investigation and the result that they were not impeached at last.
In the second part, Mr. Kevin W. Rethore gave a lecture. He shared his practice experience as a lawyer with the students and introduced his working ideas and contents in the fields of litigation, providing legal advice and legal aid through practical cases. Mr. Barnes pointed out that students who would embark on the path of law in the future should use their professional skills to provide assistance to those in need. He encouraged everyone to participate in legal aid more in the future.
At the end of the lecture, Mr. Barnes and Mr. Rethore presented the souvenirs of Pennsylvania State University to the students participating in the lecture as a witness of their friendship during the activity. The lecture ended in a lively and pleasant atmosphere.