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Federalist Society Student Symposium

The Federalist Society Student Symposium is this weekend in Chicago. Members of the MULS Chapter will be heading down to Northwestern to attend. As usual, the Federalist Society has put together an impressive schedule of events. Here is what they've got planned for the two-day symposium...
Friday, February 23

3:00 p.m.: Registration - Thorne Auditorium

5:45 p.m.: Opening Remarks - Thorne Auditorium

6:00 p.m.: Debate - Religion in the Public Square
(Thorne Auditorium, Northwestern University School of Law)

Featuring: Mr. Kevin J. Hasson - Becket Fund for Religious Liberty
Rev. Dr. Michael Newdow - Restore our Pledge of Allegiance

Moderated by: David McIntosh - Mayer, Brown, Rowe & Maw

7:30 p.m.: Panel - What is Morality? The Philosophical and Theological Foundations of Moral Debate
(Thorne Auditorium, Northwestern University School of Law)

Featuring: Prof. John S. Baker, Jr. - Louisiana State University
Prof. Randy E. Barnett - Georgetown University
Prof. Robert Burns - Northwestern University
Prof. Michael J. Perry - Emory University

Moderated by: Prof. Richard Garnett - University of Chicago

9:00 p.m.: Cocktail Reception
(Atrium, Northwestern University School of Law)


Saturday, February 24

8:00 a.m.: Breakfast
(Atrium, Northwestern University School of Law)

9:00 a.m.: Panel - Moral Choices and the Eighth Amendment
(Thorne Auditorium, Northwestern University School of Law)

Featuring: Prof. Ron Allen - Northwestern University
Prof. Michael S. Moore - University of Illinois
Prof. Laurence P. Claus - University of San Diego

Moderated by: Judge Timothy M. Tymkovich - United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit

11:00 a.m.: Debate - Same-Sex Marriage: Marriage, Public Policy, and the Constitution
(Thorne Auditorium, Northwestern University School of Law)

Featuring: Prof. Louis Michael Seidman - Georgetown University
Prof. Amy Wax - University of Pennsylvania

Moderated by: Judge Diane S. Sykes - United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit

12:30 p.m.: Lunch Break

2:00 p.m.: Panel - Government Promotion of Moral Issues
(Thorne Auditorium, Northwestern University School of Law)

Featuring: Prof. Lillian R. BeVier - University of Virginia
Prof. G. Marcus Cole - Stanford University
Prof. Lino A. Graglia - University of Texas
Prof. Steven Lubet - Northwestern University

Moderated by: Prof. Stephen Calabresi - Northwestern University

4:00 p.m.: Panel - Morality of First Amendment Jurisprudence
(Thorne Auditorium, Northwestern University School of Law)

Featuring: Prof. Andrew Koppelman - Northwestern University
Prof. John McGinnis - Northwestern University
Mrs. Phyllis Schlafly - Eagle Forum
Prof. Geoffrey Stone - University of Chicago

Moderated by: Prof. Orin Kerr - George Washington University

6:00 p.m.: Cocktail Reception
(Chicago Marriott Downtown Magnificent Mile)

7:00 p.m.: Banquet, featuring Keynote Speaker
(Chicago Marriott Downtown Magnificent Mile)

Featuring: Judge William H. Pryor, Jr. - Eleventh Circuit
Over on PrawfsBlawg, Prof. Rick Garnett praised the line up...
Looking over the program, I'm struck by how "diverse" the program is. That is -- putting aside the keynote speakers -- each of the four panels seems scrupulously "balanced." Views that are contrary to, or in tension with, or that challenge, those positions typically associated with the Federalist Society are not just represented, in a token-type way, but powerfully and fairly represented.
That goes to the core of the Federalist Society. We believe that our ideas will win during an open and fair debate. Vigorous debate is always a good thing.