Monday, January 28, 2019

National Conference of Constitutional Law Scholars March 9-10, 2019

Guest Blogger

Andrew Coan

THE REHNQUIST CENTER is pleased to announce the second annual National Conference of Constitutional Law Scholars. The conference will be held at the Westward Look Resort in Tucson, Arizona, on March 9-10, 2019. Its goal is to create a vibrant and useful forum for constitutional scholars to gather and exchange ideas each year.

David Strauss will deliver a keynote address. Distinguished commentators for 2019 include:
    *    Jessica Bulman-Pozen    *    Gillian Metzger    *    Bertrall Ross
    *    John Harrison            *    Victoria Nourse    *    Stephen Sachs
    *    Aziz Huq
Emily Berman            Individualization in the Age of Big Data
Kiel Brennan-Marquez    Combinatorial Stare Decisis       
Laura Cisneros        The Supreme Court in the State of Exception: A Dialectical Model of Judicial Review   
Laurence Claus        Deciding Distribution       
Travis Crum            The Statutory Origins of the Fifteenth Amendment       
Frederick Gedicks        Fixed Constitutional Meaning and Other Implausible Originalisms   
Paul Gowder            Building We the People       
Craig Green            United/States: A Revolutionary History of Statehood, the United States, and American Federalism
Stephen Griffin        Optimistic Originalism Meets the Unfortunate Nineteenth Century   
Tara Grove            The Law of Interpreting Presidential Laws       
Aziz Huq            Article II and Antidiscrimination Norms   
Andrew Kent            "Faithful Execution" and Article II       
Donald Kochan        The Framing Effects of Labeling Constitutional Products       
Earl Maltz            The Ripples of Backlash: Same-Sex Marriage, The Election of 2004, and the Contingent Nature of the Evolution of Constitutional Law
Lisa Manheim            Reviewing Presidential Orders       
Helen Norton            The Government's Speech and the Constitution       
Kirsten Nussbaumer        National Security and Election Law Autonomy       
Zachary Price            Symmetric Constitutionalism: An Essay on Masterpiece Cakeshop and the Post-Kennedy Supreme Court       
Christopher Schmidt        Popular Constitutionalism: A User Guide   
David Schraub        Doctrinal Sunsets       
Miriam Seifter            Judging Power Plays in the American States       
Carolyn Shapiro        Democracy, Federalism, and the Guarantee Clause       
David Sloss            Universal Human Rights and Constitutional Change       
Calvin TerBeek        The Constitution as Political Program: The Republican Party and Originalism, 1977-88   
Ilan Wurman            The Specification Power

    *    Andrew Coan, Arizona
    *    David Schwartz, Wisconsin
    *    Brad Snyder, Georgetown

All constitutional law scholars are invited to attend. The Rehnquist Center will provide meals for all registered conference participants. Participants must cover travel and lodging costs. There is a conference registration fee of $50, which will increase to $75 after February 28, 2019. Registration fees are waived for students and faculty at UA Law. In addition, a limited number of scholarships are available to those unable to attend the event otherwise.


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For logistical questions please contact Bernadette Wilkinson (

The William H. Rehnquist Center on the Constitutional Structures of Government was established in 2006 at the University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law. The non-partisan center honors the legacy of Chief Justice Rehnquist by encouraging public understanding of the structural constitutional themes that were integral to his jurisprudence: the separation of powers among the three branches of the federal government, the balance of powers between the federal and state governments, and among sovereigns more generally, and judicial independence.

Andrew Coan is a Professor of Law at the James E. Rogers College of Law, The University of Arizona. You can reach him by e-mail at andrew.coan at

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