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Stanford Law Review Symposium: State Constitutions

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February 19, 2010 - February 20, 2010

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The Stanford Law Review, the Stanford Constitutional Law Center, the Stanford Federalist Society and the Stanford American Constitution Society are pleased to bring together prominent legal scholars, practitioners, and judges to have an important and timely discussion about state constitutions. This is an area of the law that has been insufficiently addressed in the legal literature, yet is a critically important source of law in our system of federalism. Specifically, we will discuss theoretical issues of state constitutions; the amendment process and public participation; contemporary issues of state constitutional law, such as gay marriage; how state constitutional provisions can inform the common law, direct democracy and the California experience; and judicial elections and ethics.

This event is free and open to the public; registration required. MCLE will be available.

Registration is now closed.

DRAFT AGENDA

Friday, February 19, 2010

12:30 p.m. Panel 1 - State Constitutions: Theory and Practice

Prof. Daniel Rodriguez, University of Texas at Austin School of Law (Moderator)
Dean Erwin Chemerinsky, University of California, Irvine School of Law
Prof. Neal Devins, William and Mary Law School
Prof. Helen Hershkoff, New York University School of Law
Prof. Eric Posner, University of Chicago Law School

2:15 p.m. Break

3:00 p.m. Panel 2 - California: A Constitution in Crisis

Prof. Jane Schacter, Stanford Law School (Moderator)
Prof. Bruce Cain, University of California, Berkeley
Dean Erwin Chemerinsky, University of California, Irvine School of Law
Steven Miller, Repair California; Hanson Bridgett LLP
Fred Keeley, California Forward; Former California State Assembly Speaker pro Tempore

5:00 p.m. Keynote Address: Chief Justice Ronald George, California Supreme Court

Saturday, February 20, 2010

9:00 a.m. Breakfast (Student Lounge)

10:00 a.m. Panel 3 - Judicial Elections and Ethics

Prof. Norm Spaulding, Stanford Law School (Moderator)
Bert Brandenburg, Justice at Stake Campaign
Cynthia Gray, American Judicature Society
The Hon. Alan Page, Minnesota Supreme Court
The Hon. Clifford Taylor, Former Chief Justice, Michigan Supreme Court

12:00 p.m. Lunch (Student Lounge)

 

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