Wednesday, January 09, 2013

Final schedule: Is America Governable

Sandy Levinson

You will find below the final schedule for the symposium that will be held at the University of Texas Law School beginning two weeks from tomrrow.  All events are free and open to the public.  If you are planning to attend the lunch session where Larry Lessig will speak, we would very much appreciate your "registering" by sending an email to that effect to me at or  We won't turn anyone away, but lunches will go first to those who registered.  It is my hope that the events will be (at least) live-streamed and availablel thereafter.  There is certainly no reason, as we contemplate further budgetary debacles, to believe that the topic has become irrelevant, alas.  The website,   should, fairly soon, have biographies and, more importantly, bibligraphies of the impressive array of writings produced by the participants.  If, as I assume, most readers will not be able to make it to Austin, please feel free to linform any Austinites you know of the invent. 

Is America Governable?

University of Texas School of Law,

 January 24-26, 2013

Conference Schedule

Thursday, 5:30-7:30pm (Law School Auditorium):

The State of the Union, Evan Smith (moderator)

Mickey Edwards, Bill Galston, Sandy Levinson, Tom Mann, Norman Ornstein, Alan Wolfe

Friday (Eidman Courtroom)

9:15-10:45am: Compromise and governance, Elizabeth Sherman (moderator)

Sandy Levinson, Jane Mansbridge, Jack Rakove, Dennis Thompson

11:00-12:30pm: So How Well Did Our Electoral System(s) Do in 2012?, Joseph Fishkin (moderator)

Edward (Ned) Foley, Heather Gerken, Richard Hasen, Mark Rosen

LUNCH: 12:45-2 Atrium Luncheon talk: Larry Lessig: Is the Republic Still in Danger of Being Lost? Lessons from the 2012 Elections

Eidman Courtroom

2:15-3:3:45 pm: “The People’s Branch”: Is Congress Hopeless?, John Fortier (moderator)

Sarah Binder, John Ferejohn, Tom Mann, David Mayhew, Norman Ornstein

4:00--5:30 pm: Executive branch(es) and governance: A Cause for Optimism or Fear?, Jeff Tulis (moderator)

Philip Bobbitt, Jacob Gersen, Stephen Griffin, Tom McGarity, Stephen Skowronek

Saturday (Eidman Courtroom)

9:15-10:45am: Governance and the judiciary, Scot Powe (moderator)

Adam Liptak, James Gibson, Alan Tarr

11:00-12:15: Governance from the State perspective, Lynn Baker (moderator)

Bruce Cain, John Dinan

1:30-3:30pm: Thinking about the future (and outside the box?), Jack Balkin, moderator

Mickey Edwards, James Fishkin, David Orentlicher, Ernesto Cortes


Lynn Baker, University of Texas Law School

Jack Balkin, Yale Law School

Sarah Binder, Brookings Institution, George Washington University

Philip Bobbitt, University of Texas Law School, Columbia Law School

Bruce Cain, Stanford University
Ernesto Cortes, Industrial Areas Foundation

John Dinan, Wake Forest University

Mickey Edwards, Aspen Institute

John Ferejohn, New York University School of Law

James Fishkin, Stanford University

Joseph Fishkin, University of Texas Law School

Edward (Ned) Foley, Moritz School of Law, Ohio State University

John Fortier, Bipartisan Policy Center

William Galston, Brookings Institution

Heather Gerken, Yale Law School

Jacob Gersen, Harvard Law School

James Gibson, Washington University of St. Louis

Stephen Griffin, Tulane Law School

Richard Hasen, University of California at Irvine School of Law

Lawrence Lessig, Harvard Law School

Sanford Levinson, University of Texas Law School

Adam Liptak, New York Times

Thomas Mann, Brookings Institution

Jane Mansbridge, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University

David Mayhew, Yale University

David Orentlicher, University of Indiana School of Law

Thomas McGarity, University of Texas Law School

Norman Ornstein, American Enterprise Institute

Lucas A. (Scot) Powe, University of Texas Law School

Jack Rakove, Stanford University

Mark Rosen, Chicago-Kent School of Law

Elizabeth Sherman, American University

Stephen Skowronek, Yale University

Evan Smith, Texas Tribune

Alan Tarr, Rutgers University

Dennis Thompson, Harvard University

Jeffrey Tulis, University of Texas

Alan Wolfe, Boston College

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