The Stanford Federalist Society is the Law School's chapter of the Federalist Society for Law & Public Policy Studies, a nationwide organization of conservative and libertarian law students, attorneys, professors, judges, and government officials interested in the current state of the legal order. The society is founded on the principles that the state exists to preserve freedom, that the separation of governmental powers is central to our Constitution, and that it is emphatically the province and duty of the judiciary to say what the law is, not what it should be. The society seeks both to promote awareness of these principles and to further their application through its activities. To accomplish these goals, the society has created a conservative and libertarian intellectual network that extends to all levels of the legal community.
Stanford's society actively encourages discussion and debate on relevant legal issues by regularly inviting distinguished speakers to the Law School. Whenever possible, the society invites speakers on both sides of the issue in order to present a balanced discussion on the topic. Past participants in the chapter's lectures and debates include Nobel Laureate Milton Friedman; United States Supreme Court Justices Antonin Scalia and Anthony Kennedy; federal judges Robert Bork, Kenneth Starr, Frank Easterbrook, and Alex Kozinski; as well as scholars and commentators such as Martin Anderson, Edwin Meese. Gordon Crovitz, Linda Chavez, Lillian BeVier, Richard Epstein, Dinesh D'Souza, and Lino Graglia.
By hosting leading legal thinkers from across the nation, members develop relationships with these prominent figures. Membership in the national organization entitles you to one-year subscriptions to the Harvard Journal of Law & Public Policy, the society's national legal journal, and the Federalist Paper, the society's newsletter. Members of the national organization also receive a scholarship equal to half of the amount of reasonable travel expenses to attend the society's annual National Student Symposium, which brings together members of the various student chapters nationwide for a weekend event featuring many prominent legal thinkers. This past year's Symposium was held at Yale Law School and featured Hon. Ted Olson, Solicitor General of the United States, Prof. Richard Epstein, University of Chicago, Prof. Yale Kamisar, University of Michigan, and Hon. Guido Calabresi, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, among many others. This year's event will be held at Notre Dame Law School and is sure to be just as successful.