Judicial Engagement Symposium
In March 2012 the Center for Judicial Engagement joined with the George Mason Law Review to hold a symposium on the role of judges in enforcing the Constitution. The event brought together practitioners and scholars to debate and discuss what role judges have in interpreting and enforcing the U.S. Constitution. Over 100 people joined with us to listen to and engage with the panels, and the George Mason Law Review published a special edition of their law journal featuring the submissions of many participants.
The first panel explored role of the courts in enforcing property rights. Former IJ attorney Elizabeth Price Foley moderated the discussion between Professors David Bernstein, Kurt Lash, and Eric Claeys.
The second panel explored the role of judicial engagement in enforcing limits on government power. Professor Neomi Rao moderated the discussion between Professors Stephen Presser, Sanford Levinson, and Douglas Kmiec.
The third panel explored the differences between judicial activism and restraint versus judicial engagement. Former IJ attorney Steve Simpson moderated the discussion between Former Center for Judicial Engagement Director Clark Neily and Professors Mark Tushnet and Nelson Lund.
Papers generated by this event
Randy E. Barnett, Judicial Engagement Through the Lens of Lee Optical.
David E. Bernstein, The Conservative Origins of Strict Scrutiny.
Kurt T. Lash, Federalism, Individual Rights, and Judicial Engagement.
Eric R. Claeys, Judicial Engagement and Civic Engagement: Four Case Studies.
Sanford Levinson, Judicial Engagement in Enforcing Limits on Government Power.
Douglas W. Kmiec, Engaging Human Nature in Support of Judicial Engagement. (2012).
Clark Neily, Judicial Engagement Means No More Make-Believe Judging.