Pennsylvania Judicial Engagement State Forum

Join us on Friday, October 16, 2020 for an exciting exploration of the Pennsylvania Constitution!  Judicial engagement is the belief that the courts should not defer to the political branches when examining whether they have violated the law. This is usually discussed with the U.S. Constitution in mind. But Pennsylvania has a constitution too. And Pennsylvania judges interpret the state’s constitution and apply it against state and local governments. What should judges do in those cases? And what in the state’s constitution have we forgotten about and need to reaffirm and reinvigorate?

Join us to hear from a diverse and eminent group of constitutional lawyers, academics, and judges in a wide-ranging discussion on judicial engagement and the Pennsylvania Constitution, including a keynote address by Howard Bashman of How Appealing and Above the Law. Free lunch will be served, and we have applied for 3 hours of Pennsylvania CLE. But space is limited, so RSVP below today!


12:00-12:30 p.m. Sign in and Lunch

12:30-12:45 p.m. Opening Remarks
Anthony Sanders, Director of the Center for Judicial Engagement

12:45- 1:15 p.m. Keynote Address
Howard J. Bashman, Law Offices of Howard J. Bashman

1:30 p.m.- 2:30 p.m. Panel I: Should Pennsylvania Courts Defer Less to the Government in Interpreting the Pennsylvania Constitution? If “Yes,” How So?
Robert F. Williams, Distinguished Professor of Law at Rutgers University of School of Law
Seth Kreimer, University of Pennsylvania Carey Law School
Josh Windham, Attorney at the Institute for Justice
Moderator: Darpana Sheth, Senior Attorney at the Institute for Justice

2:45 p.m.- 3:45 p.m. Panel II: What Provisions in the Pennsylvania Constitution Should We Be Enforcing (But Don’t)
John Hare, Marshall Dennehey
Mark Aronchick, Shareholder at Hangley, Aronchik, Segal, Pudlin, & Schiller
Moderator: The Honorable Joshua Wolson, United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania

3:45 p.m.- 4:00 p.m. Closing Remarks

4:00-5:00 p.m. Closing Reception

Event SponsorThe Institute for Justice
Event Date and Time Friday, October 16, 2020
12:00 p.m.- 5:00 p.m.
Event Location

The Union League of Philadelphia
140 Broad St
Philadelphia, PA 19102

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