Center for Judicial Engagement’s Forum on the Georgia Constitution

Georgia State University College of Law

Join us on Friday, February 4, 2022 at Georgia State University College of Law, for an exciting exploration of judicial engagement and the Georgia Constitution! Judicial engagement is the idea that courts should demand the government provide real evidence and real arguments when examining whether it has violated the law. This is usually discussed with the U.S. Constitution in mind. But Georgia has a constitution too! And Georgia’s judges interpret the state’s constitution and apply it against state and local governments. What should judges do in those cases? And how should we think about the Georgia Constitution, given that it has been rewritten many times over so many years?

Join us to hear from a diverse and eminent group of constitutional lawyers and judges in a wide-ranging discussion on judicial engagement and the Georgia Constitution. This includes a keynote address by former Justice Keith Blackwell, as well as a free lunch. Please RSVP at the bottom of the page to reserve your spot today!

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Event Speakers

Hon. Keith R. Blackwell
Alston & Bird
Anthony Sanders
Director of the Center for Judicial Engagement
Erica Smith Ewing
IJ Attorney
Josh Belinfante
Robbins Alloy Belinfante Littlefield LLC
Andrew Fleischman
Ross & Pines
Ashleigh B. Merchant
The Merchant Law Firm
Hon. Stephen Dillard
Presiding Judge, Court of Appeals of Georgia
Gerry Weber
Southern Center for Human Rights

Agenda

12:00 pm

Registration and Lunch

Opening Remarks

Anthony Sanders, Director of the Center for Judicial Engagement

12:30-12:45 pm
12:45-1:15 p.m

Keynote Address

Hon. Keith R. Blackwell (ret.), Alston & Bird

Panel I: Litigating Under the Georgia Constitution

Josh Belinfante, Robbins Alloy Belinfante Littlefield LLC
Andrew S. Fleischman, Ross & Pines
Ashleigh B. Merchant, The Merchant Law Firm
Moderator: Erica Smith Ewing, Institute for Justice

1:30-2:30p.m.
2:45 – 3:45p.m.

Panel II: Unenumerated Rights “in” the Georgia Constitution

Hon. Stephen Dillard, President Judge, Court of Appeals of Georgia
Gerry Weber, Southern Center for Human Rights
Moderator and CommentatorAnthony Sanders, Director of the Center for Judicial Engagement

Reception to follow at Hudson Grille.

120 Marietta Street NW

3:45p.m.

Registration

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