Tuesday, April 6, 2010
"The Adequacy of the Presidential Succession System in the 21st Century: Filling the Gaps and Clarifying the Ambiguities in Constitutional and Extraconstitutional Arrangements" is the title of a Conference to be held at Fordham Law on April 16 and 17, 2010.
The Twenty-Fifth Amendment proposed by Congress in 1965 and later ratified has been invoked several times, perhaps most famously in the case of Gerald Ford (pictured right). Yet ambiguities remain. The Conference will address topics such issues as presidential invocation of the inability provision of the Twenty-Fifth Amendment to temporarily step down during moments of political crisis?; analysis of the constitutionality of the current Succession Act, which puts members of Congress in the line of succession; recommendations for handling a double vacancy in the Presidency and Vice Presidency and the constitutionality of current proposals for dealing with such a dilemma; important gaps and conflicts at various stages of transition (for example, disability or death prior to election or inauguration and potential conflict of interests arising in confirmation hearings of an appointed Vice President); as well as the constitutionality of informal—extra-constitutional and extra-statutory—arrangements between Presidents and their Vice Presidents, members of their cabinet and members of Congress.
More information and registration available here.