Who Are We?
The Federalist Society for Law and Public Policy Studies is a group of conservatives and libertarians interested in the current state of the legal order. It 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's main purpose is to sponsor fair, serious, and open debate to ensure that legal principles that have not been the subject of sufficient attention for the past several decades receive a fair hearing.
For more information, visit The Federalist Society for Law & Public Policy Studies.
The Federalist Society seeks both to promote an awareness of these principles and to further their application through its activities. This entails reordering priorities within the legal system to place a premium on individual liberty, traditional values, and the rule of law. It also requires restoring the recognition of the importance of these norms among lawyers, judges, and law professors.
We will be hosting a number of debates and speakers throughout the academic year.
- “Intersection of Marriage Equality and Freedom of Religion” — March 3, 2014
- Arizona Immigration, Racism, and the Constitution with John C. Kunich — March 16, 2011
- Use of Predator Drones with Professor Gregory McNeal — November 11, 2010
- Speaking Event with Dr. Matthew Spalding — March 17, 2010
- Speaking Event with Dr. Tom Palmer — February 22, 2010
- Federal Healthcare Reform — November 3, 2009
- Supreme Court Review with Ilya Shapiro — October 8, 2009
- Shhh! Don’t ask, don’t tell — October 1, 2009
- Role of Foreign Law in Interpreting the U.S. Constitution featuring Ilya Shapiro, Fellow in Constitutional Studies at the CATO Institute and editor in chief of the CATO Supreme Court Review — March 4, 2009 (video)
- The Supreme Court in American Life featuring Dean Kenneth W. Starr — February 3, 2009 (video)
- Debate on the Relevance of Modern Feminism featuring Professor Kit Kinports and Dr. Christina Hoff Sommers — November 3, 2008 (video)
- Debate on International Criminal Court featuring Professor Ron Rychlak — October 24, 2008 (video)
- China: Policy, Human Rights, and Religion with Professors Beth Farmer and Philip Jenkins —- October 1, 2008 (video)
- Speech on Crime by Professor John Baker — April 16, 2008 (video)
- Lecture on "Originalism and Formalism in Criminal Procedure: The Triumph of Justice Scalia, the Unlikely Friend of Criminal Defendants?" by Professor Stephanos Bibas, The University of Pennsylvania Law School — March 20, 2008 (video)
- "Is Affirmative Action Compatible with Equal Protection?" by Roger Pilon — November 1, 2007 (video)
- Education Law Brown Bag with Professor Preston Green (PowerPoint presentation)
- Climate Debate between Professor Jonathan Adler of Case Western Reserve University School of Law and Robert McKinstry, Esq., adjunct professor at Penn State Dickinson School of Law — February 11, 2008 (video)