Friday, April 27, 2012

Live Streaming of "Living Originalism" Conference

On April 27 and 28, 2012, Yale Law School will host a conference on constitutional interpretation and change in conjunction with the publication of Professor Jack Balkin’s book, Living Originalism (Harvard University Press 2011), with many exciting panelists.

Not at the conference?  Watch the live stream.


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Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Loyola's Third Annual Con Law Colloquium

Loyola University Chicago School of Law is organizing the Third Annual Constitutional Law Colloquium at the Philip H. Corboy Law Center, 25 East Pearson Street, Chicago, IL 60611. The event will begin on Friday morning, November 2 and end midday on Saturday, November 3, 2012.

This is the third annual Loyola conference bringing together constitutional law scholars at all stages of their professional development to discuss current projects, doctrinal developments in constitutional law, and future goals. Unless we are overwhelmed, we hope to be able to schedule presentations for all who submit.  In this way, we will provide a forum for the vetting of ideas, invaluable opportunities for informed critiques, and networking opportunities. Presentations will be grouped by subject matter.

The Loyola Constitutional Law Colloquium is aimed at Constitutional Law, Legal History, Political Science, and Philosophy scholars teaching at the university, law school, and graduate levels on matters of constitutional law. We welcome applications from full-time, part-time, and adjunct faculty members, as well as post-doctoral fellows from academic discipline related to the study of constitutional issues (anthropology, history, law, literary criticism, philosophy political science, sociology, etc.).

Application Procedure: The registration and abstract submission deadline is May 31, 2012. Conference organizers will select abstracts on a rolling basis.

Registration at:


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Monday, April 9, 2012

ACS National Convention

Registration is open for the American Constitution Society National Convention, June 14 to 16, 2012, in Washington, D.C.  Here's the Convention web-page with more information.


Featured speakers include Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Governor Deval Patrick, and Senator Tom Harkin.  The Convention is at the Capital Hilton.


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Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Cardozo Conference on Ancient and Modern Constitutionalism

The Floersheimer Center for Constitutional Democracy at Cardozo Law is hosting a symposium on April 2 titled Constitutionalism, Ancient and Modern.  Here's from the description:

The purpose of the symposium is to put the constitutionalism of the ancients on the agenda of contemporary constitutional scholars.  Among the themes the symposium will explore are the challenges pre-modern constitutions pose to modern constitutionalism, the struggle for constitutional order and economic equality in Athens and Rome, religious sources of constitutionalism, direct versus representative lawmaking, and the relationship of constitutionalism to dictatorship and absolutism.

The line-up is terrific.  John P. McCormack (Chicago Poli. Sci.) will deliver the keynote, Keep the Public Rich and the Citizens Poor: Economic Equality and Ancient Constitutionalism.

The symposium is free and open to the public.  RSVP to or 212.790.0200 x6700.


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Thursday, March 15, 2012

Human Use of Animals Workshop

54Several presentations in this "Uncomfortable Conversation" workshop from the Feminism & Legal Theory Project at Emory, spearheaded by Martha Fineman, should be of interest to conlawprofs.

For example, two speakers will be broaching the subject of legal personhood for animals: Richard Cupp of Pepperdine and Carter Dillard of the Animal Legal Defense Fund, and Laura Spitz, formerly a professor at U Colorado Law, will be interrogating categories of species.

The conference in March 30-31 at Emory Law School, Atlanta.

More information and registration here.


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Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Constitutional Environmentalism Workshop at Widener

490px-Landscape_of_Provence_Alfred_Henry_MaurerOn Thursday, May 31, 2012, the Widener Environmental Law Center (WELC) in Wilmington, Delaware, will host a one-day scholar workshop on recent developments in the growing field of global and domestic constitutional environmental rights. Workshop organizers Professors Erin Daly and Jim May invite you to attend to present a work in progress, to comment, or to observe.

The program is open to (1) scholars who are interested in sharing significant works-in-progress, such as books, articles, advocacy and constitutional amendments, and (2) scholars who would be interested in providing comments to a work in progress, (3) observers.

The workshop is limited to 50 participants.

The deadline is March 31, 2012.

More information here.




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Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Drake Law Symposium: Constitutionalism & the Poor

This year's topic of Drake University Law School Annual Constitutional Law Center Symposium is Constitutionalism and the Poor and it will be held April 14, 2012. 

Here's the line-up:

  Symposium12-niceJulie9:00 a.m.   Keynote Address:  "Dandridge v. Williams Redux: A Look Back From the 21st Century"? - Peter Edelman, Professor of Law, and Faculty Director of the Center on Poverty, Inequality, and Public Policy at Georgetown University Law Center

9:45 a.m.   “Occupy Pennsylvania Avenue: How the Government’s Unconstitutional Actions Harm the Poor” - Ilya Shapiro, Senior Fellow in Constitutional Studies and Editor-in-Chief of Cato Supreme Court Review at the CATO Institute
Symposium12-powellJohn10:30 a.m.   “Whither the Canaries?” - Julie Nice (pictured left) Herbst Foundation Professor of Law at University of San Francisco School of Law

11:00 a.m.   “Constitutional Essentials” - Frank Michelman, Robert Walmsley University Professor at Harvard Law School

11:30 a.m.  “Implicit Bias: Structural Racialization and a New Constitution”  - john powell (pictured right) Director, Haas Diversity Research Center and Robert D. Haas Chancellor’s Chair in Equity and Inclusion, University of California, Berkeley
12:00 p.m.  “State Constitutions and Poverty” - James Gardner, Vice Dean for Academic Affairs and Joseph W. Belluck and Laura L. Aswad SUNY Distinguished Professor of Civil Justice at SUNY Buffalo Law School, State University of New York


More information here.


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Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Fordham Urban Law Journal Symposium on Second Amendment

The Fordham Urban Law Journal will host its Volume XXXIX Symposium next Friday, March 9, titled Gun Control and the Second Amendment: Developments and Controversies in the Wake of District of Columbia v. Heller and McDonald v. Chicago.

The Journal put together a terrific line-up, available here.  The program runs from 10 am to 5 pm on Friday, March 9, 2012, at the Fordham University School of Law, James B.M. McNally Amphitheater.  CLE credit is available.


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Thursday, February 2, 2012

CFP: Social Justice Feminism

For scholars working on constitutional issues relating to social justice and gender, a terrific-looking conference, Social Justice Feminism, will be held at University of Cincinnati College of Law on October 26-27, 2012.

The deadline is April 1, 2012; submissions of abstracts for individual papers, as well as complete panels, are invited.

More info here.

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Wednesday, February 1, 2012

CFP: Class and "the American Dream"

From Madison to Zuccotti Park: Confronting Class and Reclaiming the American Dream will be held at University of Wisconsin, Madison, and seeks to "bring together scholars, economists, activists, policymakers, and others to critically examine both the relationships between and the complexities of class and inequality."

The conference will be held in November and the deadline for proposals is February 17, 2012.

More info here.



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Wednesday, January 4, 2012

AALS Conference: Sessions of Special Interest

Top_logoThe annual meeting of the Association of American Law Schools has started in D.C. and there are a number of sessions that should be of special interest to ConLawProfs.


Five of the hot topics sessions involve constitutional law issues:

Occupy Wall Street as a Transformative Social Movement: Its Meaning and Prospects for the Future,
(Thursday, 10:30 am - 12:15 pm)
Our Intensifying National Debate: Is Health Care Reform Constitutional?

(Friday, 10:30 am - 12:15 pm)
The Singular Legacy of Professor Derrick Bell,

(Friday, 4:00 pm - 5:45 pm)
Politics, Ethics, and the Supreme Court: The Present and Future of Supreme Court Recusal
(Friday, 4:00 pm - 5:45 pm)
Church Autonomy, the Ministerial Exception, and Hosanna-Tabor v. EEOC

(Saturday, 10:30 am - 12:15 pm)

 The Section on Constitutional Law is sponsoring two panels, from 2:00-5:00 pm on Thursday, American Citizenship in the 21st Century and  Article V: To All Intents and Purposes, with the business meeting after the program.

The Section of Law and Religion is sponsoring Blasphemy, Religious Defamation, and Religious Nationalism: Threats to Civil Society from Religious Speech and Its Suppression.

The Section on Minority Groups is sponsoring Minority Conservatives and Their Impact on Constitutional Theory.

The Section on Professional Responsibility is sponsoring Does the First Amendment Protect Attorney Advice, Assistance, and Representation?

The Section on Legal History is sponsoring Was Emancipation Legal: Reflections on the Sesquicentennial of the Emancipation Proclamation.


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Sunday, December 4, 2011

Conference Honoring Derrick Bell

“A Living, Working Faith”:

Remembering Our Colleague
Derrick A. Bell, Jr.


at COLUMBIA LAW SCHOOL, NY, NY  on Saturday December 10th, 2011


This one day conference organized by Professors Kendall Thomas and Penelope Andrews will honor the work of the late ConLawProf Derrick Bell



  9 a.m. to 9.15 a.m: 
Welcome − Professor Kendall Thomas, Columbia Law School and
Professor Penelope Andrews, CUNY School of Law
9.15 a.m. - 10.30 a.m.
The Elusive Quest for Equality and the Permanence of Racism:  Faces at the Bottom of the Well and We Are Not Saved
Reflections Panel 1:
Chair:  Professor Penelope Andrews, CUNY School of Law
Professor Twila Perry, Rutgers University School of Law
Professor Sheila Foster, Fordham University School of Law
Professor Rose Villazor, Hofstra University School of Law
Professor Olati Johnson, Columbia University School of Law
10.30 a.m to 10. 45 a.m.  Morning Tea
10.45 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.
Reflections Panel 2:
Chair:  Professor Kendall Thomas, Columbia University School of Law
Professor Susan Sturm, Columbia University School of Law
Professor Jenny Rivera, CUNY School of Law
Professor Leonard Baynes, St. John’s University School of Law
Professor Beryl Jones-Woodin, Brooklyn Law School
Professor Sonia Katyal, Fordham University School of Law
12:15 to 1:15 p.m.   Lunch
1:15 p.m. – 2.45 p.m. 
Derrick Bell as Teacher
Chair:  Professor Ruthann Robson, CUNY School of Law
Professor Vanessa Merton, Pace University School of Law
Professor Joy Radice, New York University School of Law
Professor Andrea McArdle, CUNY School of Law
Professor Robin Lenhardt, Fordham University School of Law
Professor I. Bennett Capers, Hofstra University School of Law
2:45 p.m. – 4:15 p.m.
Interest Convergence
Chair:   Professor Paulette Caldwell, New York University School of Law
Professor David Troutt, Rutgers University School of Law
Professor Julie Suk, Cardozo School of Law, Yeshiva University
Professor Rachel Godsil, Seton Hall University School of Law
Professor Taja-Nia Henderson, Rutgers University School of Law
Professor Theodore Shaw, Columbia University School of Law
4.00 to 5 p.m.
Closing Comments and Further Reflections

December 4, 2011 in Conferences, Profiles in Con Law Teaching | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Federalist Society's 2011 National Lawyers Convention

Starts today at the Mayflower Hotel in DC. 

20110906_Capitol1835The theme is "The Constitution of Small Government?"  Speakers include Justices Scalia and Thomas, United States Senators Jeff Sessions and Marc Rubio, and Law Profs John Yoo and Richard Epstein.

More information here.



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Thursday, November 3, 2011

ABA Review of National Security Law

The ABA Standing Committee on Law and National Security, with partners at the University of Virginia, Duke, and Georgetown, announced the "21st Annual Review of the Field of National Security Law," on Thursday and Friday, November 1 and 2, 2011, at the Ritz Carlton Hotel in Washington, D.C.

Organizers put together a very impressive line-up, including Chief Prosecutor for the Office of Military Commissions BG Mark S. Martins and State Department Legal Adviser Harold Hongju Koh.

The full program is here; here's a Letter of Invitation; and here's the registration form; and click here for on-line registration.  E-mail Holly McMahon, at, with questions.


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Wednesday, November 2, 2011

CFP: Junior Scholars Writing on Humanities & ConLaw

From the organizers:

Junior Faculty Forum

Request for Submissions

Stanford, Yale, and Harvard Law Schools announce the Junior Faculty Forum (the successor to the Stanford/Yale Junior Faculty Forum that has convened for the past twelve years) to be held at Harvard Law School on June 1-2, 2012, and seek submissions for this meeting. The Forum's objective is to encourage the work of young scholars by providing experience in the pursuit of scholarship and the nature of the scholarly exchange.  Meetings are held each spring, alternating between Yale, Stanford, and Harvard.

 Approximately twelve junior scholars (with one to seven years of teaching and who are not yet tenured) will be chosen on a blind basis from among those submitting papers to present.  One or more senior scholars, not necessarily from one of the host institutions, will comment on each paper.  The audience will include the invited young scholars, faculty from the host institutions, and invited guests.  The goal is discourse on both the merits of particular papers and on appropriate methodologies for doing work in that genre.  We hope that comment and discussion will communicate what counts as good work among successful senior scholars and will also challenge and improve the standards that now obtain.  The Forum also hopes to increase the sense of community among legal scholars generally, particularly among new and veteran professors.

Each year the Forum invites submissions on selected topics in public and private law, legal philosophy, and law and humanities -- alternating loosely between public law and humanities subjects in one year, and private and dispute resolution law in the next.  The focus of this year’s session will be public law and the humanities.  The topics to be addressed include ...  Constitutional Law... 

There is no publication commitment associated with the Forum, nor is published work eligible. The host institution will pay presenters= travel expenses and provide accommodation; presenters will be required to attend the entire Forum schedule.  Paper submissions for the Forum should be sent to Ms. Kaitlin Burroughs at Harvard Law School (1525 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, MA 02138). Electronic submissions should be sent to The deadline for submission is February 15, 2012. Please note on the cover letter which topic your paper falls under.

Inquiries concerning the Forum should be sent to Adriaan Lanni ( or Gabriella Blum ( at Harvard Law School, Joseph Bankman at Stanford Law School (, or Ian Ayres at Yale Law School (  We very much hope that young scholars will submit work.  If the strong commitment of the host schools can make it so, participation at the Forum will benefit presenters and the profession.


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Thursday, October 13, 2011

Federalist Society National Lawyers Convention

The Federalist Society holds its 2011 National Lawyers Convention next month in Washington, D.C., with the theme A Constitution of Small Government?  Register here.

Headliners include Justices Scalia and Thomas ("A Celebration of Service"), former U.S. Attorney General Michael Mukasey (Eleventh Annual Barbara K. Olson Memorial Lecture), former U.S. Solicitor General Paul Clement and Prof. Laurence Tribe (Annual Rosenkranz Debate on health care reform), and Utah Senator Mike Lee.

The Convention runs from Thursday, November 10, to Saturday, November 12, at the Mayflower Hotel.


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Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Albion Tourgee´ Conference

Tourgee´ is best known, by ConLawProfs anyway, as the attorney for Homer Plessy in Plessy v. Ferguson.  For years, I've used Peter Irons' discussion of Tourgee´when teaching the background and litigation of Plessy, including Tourgee´s daring arguments asking the Justices to imagine themselves Black.



The Center for the Study of the American South at UNC-Chapel Hill will be hosting what looks to be an exciting conference, “A Radical Notion of Democracy: Law, Race, and Albion Tourgée, 1865-1905,” that "recalls the legacies of Reconstruction to offer insight into ongoing policy debates."

The one day Public Law and Humanities Symposium is Friday November 5 in Raleigh, NC.  Registration and program details here.

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Monday, September 26, 2011

Wisconsin Law School Conference: The Constitutionalization of Labor and Employment Law?

Wisconsin has recently been the site of several recent controversies regarding labor law, including academic labor, and the University of Wisconsin Law School Conference, The Constitutionalization of Labor and Employment Law?, on October 28-29, 2011 in Madison is sure to address some of these issues. 


Additionally, the conference organizers note that recent "U.S. Supreme Court cases have contained much legal discussion at the intersection of constitutional law concepts and the law of the workplace – both in the public-sector workplace where constitutional state action exists and in the private-sector workplace where it does not. Recent cases include: Garcetti v. Ceballos, Christian Legal Society v. Martinez, City of Ontario v. Quon, NASA v. Nelson, Engquist v. Oregon Dept. of Agricultural, and Ricci v. DeStefano."

The 5 panels are Equal Protection, 13th Amendment, Workplace Privacy, Freedom of Association and Freedom of Speech.  

More information, including registration information is here.  The "symposium fee is waived for full-time members of academia," pre-registration is required and the deadline is October 18. 


September 26, 2011 in Affirmative Action, Association, Conferences, Current Affairs, Equal Protection, First Amendment, Fourteenth Amendment, Fourth Amendment, Fundamental Rights, Privacy, Race, Recent Cases, Scholarship, Speech, Supreme Court (US), Thirteenth Amendment | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Friday, August 12, 2011

CFP: Feminist Legal Theory Collaborative Research Network

Scheduled slightly before the January 2012 AALS Conference, the Feminist Legal Theory Collaborative Research Network conference is seeking papers and works-in-progress on legal feminism for its next day long conference, at George Washington University Law School on Wednesday, January 4, 2012. 

The Feminist Legal Theory Collaborative Research Network, FLT-CRN, describes itself as a newly-constituted group that seeks to bring together scholars across a range of fields who are interested in feminist legal theory. The inaugural meeting took place at the Law and Society Association meeting in June 2011.

The deadline is Friday September 23, 2011.

The submission process and registration process is through Westlaw's TWEN, and more information is available at Feminist Law Professors Blog.


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Collective Action Federalism and Resolution VI (with the ACA in the background)

Prof. Kurt Lash (Illinois) and Prof. Neil Siegel (Duke) debated congressional authority this week over at Volokh.  Their points are drawn from Lash's "Resolution VI": The Virginia Plan and Authority to Resolve Collective Action Problems Under Article I, Section 8, and Robert Cooter and Siegel's Collective Action Federalism: A General Theory of Article I, Section 8.

The articles turned on somewhat different ideas.  Lash's "Resolution VI," as the name suggests, focuses on and criticizes the theory, popularized by Jack Balkin in his article Commerce, among others, that Resolution VI informs (and under a strong version even is) the meaning of the Commerce Clause and other Article I, Section 8 authorities.  (Resolution VI of the Virginia Plan, amended and adopted in the Philadelphia Convention, says that Congress should have power to "legislative in all Cases for the general interests of the Union, and also in those Cases in which the States are separately incompetent, or in which the harmony of the United States may be interrupted by the Exercise of Individual Legislation."  That language obviously isn't in the Constitution; instead, the Committee of Detail recommended, and the Convention adopted, enumerated powers.) 

Cooter and Siegel's piece, in contrast, looks to Resolution VI as just one piece of evidence supporting their theory of collective action federalism.  Siegel explains (from Volokh):

Robert Cooter and I have observed that the eighteen clauses of Section 8 mostly concern collective action problems created by two kinds of spillovers: interstate externalities and national markets. . . .

The theory of collective action federalism draws from history, from this evidence in the constitutional text, and from subsequent historical understandings and mistakes, and from modern economics to provide a structural account of the American federal system established in part by Section 8.  Its various clauses form a coherent set, not a collection of unrelated powers.  Coherence comes from the connection that the specific powers have to collective action problems that the federal government can address more effectively than the states can address by acting alone.

The states often cannot achieve an end when doing so requires multiple states to cooperate.  According to collective action federalism, the clauses of Section 8 empower Congress to solve collective action problems that predictably frustrate the states.  In the language of the Commerce Clause in particular, such problems are "among the states."

The debate at Volokh was largely around Resolution VI and its effect (or not) on Article 1, Section 8 powers.  This is an important debate, to be sure, and it'll likely play some role in the challenges to the Affordable Care Act.  (The Constitutional Accountability Center makes the argument in its amicus briefs in the cases; Elizabeth Wydra, CAC's chief counsel, outlines the argument here, in the recent SCOTUSblog symposium on the ACA.)  But Cooter and Siegel's collection action federalism is much broader than just Resolution VI.

Here are links to the posts at Volokh:


August 12, 2011 in Conferences, Congressional Authority, History, Interpretation, Scholarship | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)