“The story of the Fourteenth Amendment is one of the most dramatic stories in American constitutional history. The amendment was born of political desperation. It almost caused a second Civil War. And it was only passed after the impeachment of an American president.”

-Kurt Lash, University of Richmond School of Law

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Ratified 150 years ago, the 14th Amendment has been called America’s “Second Founding.” The Bill of Rights provides crucial liberty protections against the federal government, but it is the 14thAmendment that provides federal protection against state and local governments taking freedoms away.

On September 21st, the Institute for Justice and the Liberty and Law Center at Antonin Scalia Law School will co-host a Symposium to bring together legal scholars, historians, and litigators to discuss and debate the 14th Amendment’s history, meaning, and future. Please join us!

UPDATE: Attendees will be eligible for 6.5 hours of Virginia CLE.

PARTICIPANTS

Hon. Judge Elizabeth L. Branch (Eleventh Circuit)

Hon. Judge Douglas H. Ginsburg (D.C. Circuit)

Hon. Judge David R. Stras (Eighth Circuit)

Hon. Judge Timothy M. Tymkovich (Tenth Circuit)

Hon. Dale Wainwright (Greenberg Traurig; former Justice, Texas Supreme Court)

Hon. Judge Don R. Willett (Fifth Circuit)

Hon. Justice Patrick Wyrick (Oklahoma Supreme Court)

Dana Berliner (Institute for Justice)

Evan D. Bernick (Georgetown Law Center)

David Bernstein (Antonin Scalia Law School)

Josh Blackman (South Texas College of Law Houston)

Robert J. Cottrol (George Washington University Law School)

Hon. Dominic Draye (State of Arizona)

Katie Eyer (Rutgers Law School)

Aderson B. Francois (Georgetown Law Center)

Brianne J. Gorod (Constitutional Accountability Center)

Christopher Green (University Of Mississippi School of Law)

Martha Jones (Johns Hopkins University)

Kurt Lash (University of Richmond)

Hon. Elbert Lin (Hunton Andrews Kurth)

Gerard N. Magliocca (Indiana University, McKinney School of Law)

John Malcolm (Heritage Foundation)

Nicholas Mosvick (University of Mississippi)

Timothy Sandefur (Goldwater Institute)

Anthony Sanders (Institute for Justice)

Ilya Shapiro (Cato Institute)

Samuel Spital (Legal Defense Fund, N.A.A.C.P.)

Rebecca E. Zietlow (University of Toledo College of Law)

AGENDA

September 21, 2018 | 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Antonin Scalia Law School | Arlington, Virginia

8:30-9:00am             Breakfast & Registration

9:00-9:10am             Welcome

9:10-9:40am              “The Story of the Fourteenth Amendment”

Professor Kurt Lash (University of Richmond) sets the stage for the day’s discussions by describing the dramatic challenges facing the nation at the end of the Civil War.

9:40-9:50am             Break

9:50-11:00am           The Fight for Fourteen”

Exploring the issues, challenges, and personalities central to the congressional and ratification fights to adopt the 14th Amendment.

 Moderator:  

Hon. Justice Patrick Wyrick (Oklahoma Supreme Court)

 Panelists:    

Aderson B. Francois (Georgetown Law Center)

Martha Jones (Johns Hopkins University)

Gerard N. Magliocca (Indiana University McKinney School of Law)

Timothy Sandefur (Goldwater Institute)

11:00-11:10am         Break

11:10-12:20pm         Perspectives onPrivileges or Immunities”

Discussing the Privileges or Immunities Clause’s origins, purposes, meaning, and contemporary legal disputes.

Moderator:  

Hon. Judge Don R. Willett (Fifth Circuit)

 Panelists:

Josh Blackman (South Texas College of Law Houston)

Robert J. Cottrol (George Washington University Law School)

Anthony Sanders (Institute for Justice)

Ilya Shapiro (Cato Institute)

Rebecca E. Zietlow (University of Toledo College of Law)

12:20-1:00pm           Lunch

1:00-2:10                     Deliberating “Due Process”

Re-visiting debates over the history and meaning of the Due Process Clause, and contemporary applications of the Clause to modern disputes.                                   

Moderator:  

Hon. Judge Elizabeth L. Branch (Eleventh Circuit)

 Panelists:     

Evan D. Bernick (Georgetown Law Center)

David Bernstein (Antonin Scalia Law School)

Katie Eyer (Rutgers Law)

Christopher Green (University of Mississippi School of Law)

2:10-2:20pm             Break

2:20-3:40pm             Slaughter-House Cases Re-argument

A second chance for the first Supreme Court case to decide the meaning of a clause of the 14th Amendment. Counsel will re-argue the case in light of modern scholarship and debates on the case and on the Privileges or Immunities Clause.

 Judges:

Hon. Judge Douglas H. Ginsburg (D.C. Circuit)

Hon. Judge Timothy M. Tymkovich (Tenth Circuit)

Hon. Dale Wainwright (Greenberg Traurig, former Justice, Texas Supreme Court)

Counsel:

Hon. Dominic Draye (Solicitor General of Arizona, S.G.)

Hon. Elbert Lin (Hunton Andrews Kurth; former Solicitor General of West Virginia)

Bench Memorandum:

Nicholas Mosvick (University of Mississippi)

 3:40-3:50pm             Break

3:50-5:00pm             “14@175” – Contemporary & Emerging 14th Amendment Issues

Looking ahead to the next 25 years of 14th Amendment litigation. What are the emerging litigation issues? How might Justice Kennedy’s departure affect how the Supreme Court interprets the Amendment?

 Moderator:

Hon. Judge David R. Stras (Eighth Circuit)

 Panelists:

Dana Berliner (Institute for Justice)

Brianne J. Gorod (Constitutional Accountability Center)

John Malcolm (Heritage Foundation)

Samuel Spital (Legal Defense Fund, N.A.A.C.P.)

5:00pm                     Closing

CLE Materials — DRAFT PAPERS & MEMOS

The following papers will be published in a special “14th Amendment at 150”  issue of the George Mason Law Review. These drafts will be made available to Symposium guests:

Additionally, Symposium guests may wish to read the bench memorandum prepared for the benefit of the judges and advocates participating in the Slaughter-House Cases Re-Argument:

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