The Promise and Limits of State Constitutions
Feb. 8 // 11 a.m.–4 p.m.
Feb. 9 // 10 a.m.–4 p.m.
Vanderbilt Hall, NYU School of Law40 Washington Square South
New York, NY 10012
For much of the past century, the U.S. Supreme Court was the primary guardian of civil rights and liberties. In many areas the Court is now backing away from that role, and legal scholars and citizens alike are scrambling to understand this new reality.
This process has ushered in a new focus on state constitutions and the courts that interpret them. Fifty separate state constitutions provide numerous rights that do not appear in the federal constitution, and those constitutions are understudied.
Join the Brennan Center for Justice, State Court Report, and the New York University Law Review for a live two-day event on February 8 and 9 at NYU School of Law’s Vanderbilt Hall. Judges, academics, and lawyers will dive into the nuances and importance of state constitutional law. As Justice William J. Brennan Jr. once wrote, state courts “ought to be the guardians of our liberties.” It’s time to better understand them.
Produced in partnership with State Court Report and NYU Law Review
This event has been approved for nine New York State CLE credits in the category of Areas of Professional Practice. The credit is both transitional and non-transitional; it is appropriate for both experienced and newly admitted attorneys. NYU School of Law is an accredited provider of CLE in New York State. If you are seeking CLE credit for a different state, we recommend you consult with your state’s CLE Board to ascertain regulations on reciprocity.
Michael Waldman, President, Brennan Center
Jerry Dickinson, Vice Dean and Associate Professor of Law, University of Pittsburgh School of LawJudge Caitlin J. Halligan, Associate Judge, New York Court of AppealsJustice Goodwin H. Liu, Supreme Court of CaliforniaJulie Murray, Senior Staff Attorney, State Supreme Court Initiative, ACLURobert F. Williams, Distinguished Professor of Law Emeritus, Rutgers Law School
Moderator: Alicia Bannon, Director, Brennan Center Judiciary Program
Justice Clint Bolick, Arizona Supreme CourtJustice Anita Earls, Supreme Court of North CarolinaChief Justice Loretta Rush, Indiana Supreme Court
Moderator: Jessica Bulman-Pozen, Betts Professor of Law, Columbia Law School
Wilfred U. Codrington III, Associate Professor of Law, Brooklyn Law SchoolKareem Crayton, Senior Director, Voting Rights and Representation, Brennan Center Democracy ProgramMiriam Seifter, Professor of Law, University of Wisconsin Law SchoolCarolyn Shapiro, Associate Dean for Academic Administration and Strategic Initiatives and Professor of Law, Chicago-Kent College of LawSam Spital, Director of Litigation and General Counsel, NAACP Legal Defense Fund
Moderator: Wendy R. Weiser, Vice President, Brennan Center Democracy Program
Helen Hershkoff, Herbert M. and Svetlana Wachtell Professor of Constitutional Law and Civil Liberties, NYU School of Law
Ryan Park, Solicitor General, North Carolina
Moderator: Michelle Kallen, Partner, Jenner & Block; former Solicitor General, Virginia
Sharon Brett, Legal Director, ACLU of KansasMarcus Gadson, Assistant Professor, Campbell University School of LawJudith Resnik, Arthur Liman Professor of Law, Yale Law SchoolJudge Albert Rosenblatt (ret.), New York Court of AppealsRobert Schapiro, Dean and C. Hugh Friedman Professor of Law, University of San Diego School of Law
Moderator: Hernandez Stroud, Senior Counsel, Brennan Center Justice Program
Michele Goodwin, Linda D. & Timothy J. O’Neill Professor of Constitutional Law and Global Health Policy, Georgetown University Law CenterDiana Kasdan, Director for Judicial Strategy, U.S. Programs, Center for Reproductive RightsChief Justice Barbara J. Pariente (ret.), Supreme Court of FloridaMary R. Ziegler, Martin Luther King Jr. Professor of Law, UC Davis School of Law
Moderator: Kate Shaw, Professor of Law, University of Pennsylvania Carey Law School
Chief Justice Wallace B. Jefferson (ret.), Supreme Court of TexasMichael S. Kang, Class of 1940 Professor of Law, Northwestern Pritzker School of LawDouglas Keith, Senior Counsel, Brennan Center Judiciary ProgramChief Justice Maureen O’Connor (ret.), Supreme Court of OhioRobinson Woodward-Burns, Associate Professor, Howard University
Moderator: Meryl J. Chertoff, Executive Director, Georgetown Project on State and Local Government Policy and Law, Georgetown University Law Center