Center for Judicial Engagement Symposium (CJE)

Center for Judicial Engagement's symposium on Judicial Engagement

   GMU Founder's Hall



Thursday, March 22nd, 2012
8:15 am to 3:45 pm
Founders Hall Auditorium
George Mason University School of Law
3301 Fairfax Drive, Arlington, VA 22201

Registration deadline March 15
Virginia CLE credits will be available

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Panel 1

Panel 2

Panel 3


You Are Invited!

The courts were meant to play an integral role in keeping legislators and executive branch officials within the proper bounds of their authority, but judges today are often unwilling or feel unable to enforce constitutional limits on government power. 

The Institute for Justice and the George Mason Law Review invite you to a symposium that seeks to move beyond the imprecise and unhelpful rhetoric of so-called judicial activism and simply ask whether judges are properly engaged in their role of interpreting and applying the constitution.

Space is limited, to reserve your spot please RSVP now.

Symposium Agenda

Breakfast:  (8:15-9:00 a.m.)

Introductory Remarks/Welcome:  (9:00-9:15 a.m.)
Chip Mellor, Institute for Justice

Keynote Address: (9:15-10:00 a.m.)           
Prof. Randy Barnett, Georgetown Law Center

Panel 1:  Judicial Engagement in Enforcing Individual Rights (10:00-11:30 a.m.)
Prof.  David Bernstein, George Mason University School of Law
Prof. Kurt Lash, University of Illinois College of Law
Prof. Eric Claeys, George Mason University School of Law
Moderator: Elizabeth Price Foley, Institute for Justice

Lunch:  (11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.)

Panel 2:  Judicial Engagement in Enforcing Limits on Government Power (12:30-2:00 p.m.)
Prof. Stephen Presser, Northwestern University School of Law
Prof. Sanford Levinson, University of Texas School of Law
Prof. Douglas Kmiec, Pepperdine University School of Law
Moderator: Prof. Neomi Rao, George Mason University School of Law

Panel 3:  Judicial “Activism” & “Restraint” vs. “Engagement”:  How Judge-Made Doctrines Have Developed and How or Whether Judges Should Become More “Engaged” (2:00-3:30 pm)
Prof. Nelson Lund, George Mason University School of Law
Prof. Mark Tushnet, Harvard Law School
Clark Neily, Institute for Justice
Moderator: Steve Simpson, Institute for Justice

Closing Remarks: (3:30 pm-3:45 pm)

If you have questions concerning the symposium, please email the Institute for Justice at

Please register by Thursday, March 15th, 2012

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