Past Symposia

2016: "Democratizing Criminal Law"

On November 18 & 19, 2016, Professor Joshua Kleinfeld of Northwestern Law School and Professor Richard Bierschbach of Cardozo Law School, with the Northwestern University Law Review, held a symposium centered around defining and defending a shared vision of democratic criminal justice. This symposium aimed to identify and critically examine the core ideas of the democratization movement, to project the democratization movement's ideas into the national conversation, and to act publicly and collectively on matters of democratic criminal justice reform. 

PANELS

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 18, 2016

Opening Remarks - Manifesto of the Democratization Movement

  • Professor Joshua Kleinfeld

Panel - Constitutional Foundations and Community Voice

  • Professor Laura Appleman
  • Professor Richard Bierschbach
  • Professor Josh Bowers
  • Moderator: Professor Bob Burns

Panel - Empirical Foundations: Shared Norms, Lay Intuitions, Legitimacy, and Compliance

  • Professor Janice Nadler
  • ProfessorPaul Robinson
  • Professor Tom Tyler
  • Moderator: Professor Kenworthey Bilz

Lunch - Why Prosecutors Rule the Criminal Justice System—and What Can Be Done About It

  • Judge Jed Rakoff, U.S. District Court, SDNY

Panel - Community and Racial Justice

  • Professor Paul Butler
  • Professor Dorothy Roberts
  • Professor Jonathan Simon
  • Moderator: Professor Jocelyn Simonson

Panel - De-Bureaucratization: Police and Prosecutors

  • Professor Stephanos Bibas
  • Professor Tracey Meares
  • Professor Charles Ramsey
  • Moderator: Professor Tom Geraghty

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 19, 2016

Panel - Philosophical Foundations: Criminal Law's Democratic Nature

  • Professor John Braithwaite
  • Professor Joshua Kleinfeld
  • Professor Alice Ristroph
  • Moderator: Professor Ekow Yankah

Roundtable - Policy Proposals

  • Moderator: Professor Richard Bierschbach

Roundtable - Toward a White Paper

  • Moderator: Professor Joshua Kleinfeld

Closing Remarks

  • Professor Richard Bierschbach 

 

2015: "Free Speech Foundations"

On October 25, 2015 the Northwestern University Law Review held a symposium centered around the origins and methodology underlying free speech jurisprudence. This symposium addressed implication, completeness, accuracy, normativity, and relevance of the major approaches to free speech interpretation. 

PANELS

Free Speech Values

  • Professor Alexander Tsesis
  • Professor Jack Balkin

The Anti-Chilling Function of the First Amendment

  • Professor Ashutosh Bhagwat
  • Professor James Lindgren

Technology & Speech

  • Professor Helen Norton
  • Professor Toni Massaro

Free Speech & Competing Interests

  • Professor Andrew Koppelman
  • Professor Mary-Rose Papandrea

 

2014: "Institutional Design and General Welfare"

On March 22 & 23, 2014 the Northwestern University Law Review held a symposium focusing on the relationship between institutional design and the general welfare. This symposium addressed questions surrounding the scope of institutional design, and whether it can be used to further welfare goals like economic growth.

PANELS

The Role of Constitutional Text in Creating Self-stabilizing Constitutions: A Tour of the Takings Clause

  • Professor Barry Weingast
  • Professor Tonja Jacobi

The Relationship between De Jure and De Facto Property Rights 

  • Professor Mila Versteeg

Optimal Abuse of Power

  • Professor Adrian Vermeule

Norms and the Enforcement of Laws

  • Professor Daron Acemoglu

In Defense of Faction

  • Professor Jide Nzelibe

Does Institutional Design Make a Difference?

  • Professor Stephen G. Calabresi 

 

2013: "100 Years Under the Income Tax"

On April 5, 2013, the Tax Program at Northwestern and Northwestern University Law Review held a symposium on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the adoption of the income tax.

PANELS

Expectations: The motivation and rhetoric behind the federal income tax

  • Professor Robin Einhorn
  • Professor Erik Jensen
  • Professor Marjorie E. Kornhauser
  • Moderator: Dr. Joe Thorndike

Realities: How has the structure of the income tax evolved?

  • Professor Anuj C. Desai
  • Professor Henry Ordower
  • Professor Tracey M. Roberts
  • Moderator: Professor Robert Peroni

Complications in implementation and some unintended consequences

  • Professor Stephanie McMahon
  • Professor Brian Galle
  • Moderator: Professor David Cameron

The Past and the Future: A focus on corporate taxation

  • Professor Adam Rosenzweig
  • Professor Stephanie Hoffer
  • Professor Dale Oesterle
  • Moderator: Jeffrey Sheffield, Lecturer, NULS Tax Program and Kirkland & Ellis

 

2012: "Festschrift in Honor of Professor Martin H. Redish"

On March 30, 2012, Northwestern University and the Northwestern University Law Review held a symposium celebrating the career of Professor Martin H. Redish.

PANELS

The conference featured three academic panels: Federal Jurisdiction, Civil Procedure, and Constitutional Law.

The participants included:

Civil Procedure Panel:

  • Professor Richard D. Freer
  • Professor Richard Marcus
  • Professor Linda S. Mullenix
  • Professor Jay Tidmarsh
  • Moderator: Professor James Pfander

Constitutional Law Panel:

  • Professor Lawrence C. Alexander
  • Professor Corey Brettschneider
  • Professor Andrew M. Koppelman
  • Professor Eugene Volokh
  • Moderator: Professor Stephen B. Presser

Federal Jurisdiction Panel:

  • Professor Erwin Chemerinsky
  • Professor Richard H. Fallon
  • The Honorable Alex Kozinski
  • Professor William P. Marshall
  • Moderator: Steven Calabresi

Tribute Panel:

  • Mr. Matthew Arnould
  • Professor Andrew I. Gavil
  • Professor Andrea M. Matwyshyn
  • Ms. Abby M. Mollen
  • Professor Howard M. Wasserman
  • Professor Christopher S. Yoo

 

2011: "The Legacy of Justice Stevens"

Forthcoming Pieces Include:

  • Diane Marie Amann's symposium article, Justice Stevens, Originalist
  • Bill Barnhart's symposium article, Justice Stevens and the News Media: An Exercise in Exposition
  • Alan E. Brownstein's symposium article, Continuing the Constitutional Dialogue: A Discussion of Justice Stevens' Establishment Clause and Free Exercise Jurisprudence
  • Steven G. Calabresi's symposium article, The Rise and Fall of the Separation of Powers
  • Erwin Chemerinsky's symposium article, A Fixture on a Changing Court: Justice Stevens and the Establishment Clause
  • Co-authors Lee Epstein, William M. Landes, and Judge Richard A. Posner's symposium article, Unanimous Decisions in the Supreme Court
  • Aziz Huq's symposium article, The Institution Matching Canon
  • Dawn Johnsen's symposium article on Justice Stevens' on the terrorism cases
  • Andrew M. Koppelman's symposium article, Justice Stevens, Religious Enthusiast
  • Simon Lazarus's symposium article, Stripping the Gears of National Government: Justice Stevens' Stand Against Judicial Subversion of Progressive Laws and Lawmaking
  • Stefanie A. Lindquist's symposium article, Supreme Court Prequel: Justice Stevens on the Seventh Circuit
  • Thomas W. Merrill's symposium article, Justice Stevens and the Chevron Puzzle

To view videos from the symposium or for more information please see "The Legacy of Justice Stevens."

2010: "Political Science and the Law" 2009: "Maturing Internet Studies" 2008: "Original Ideas on Originalism" 2007: "Ordering State-Federal Relations Through Federal Preemption Doctrine" 2006: "Censorship and Institutional Review Boards" 2005: "The First Century: Celebrating 100 Years of Legal Scholarship"