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Symposium on the 40th Anniversary of Democracy and Distrust

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University of Illinois College of Law and the Program in Constitutional Theory, History and Law
504 E. Pennsylvania Avenue, Champaign, Illinois - Faculty Lounge (Room 215)
Mar 11, 2020   8:30 am - 3:00 pm  
Jason Mazzone
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Symposium on the 40th Anniversary of Democracy and Distrust

On March 11, 2020, the University of Illinois College of Law will host a symposium to mark the 40th anniversary of the publication of John Hart Ely's influential book, Democracy and Distrust: A Theory of Judicial Review. The symposium will bring together some of the most prominent constitutional law scholars in the country to reflect on Ely's book and its ongoing significance. 2020 is a particularly appropriate year to discuss Ely given the pendency of a presidential election in which not just the membership of the Supreme Court but its size and composition – and the continuing vitality of judicial review -- are up for grabs. Symposium participants will include Illinois Dean Vikram Amar, Professor Jason Mazzone (Illinois), Akhil Reed Amar (Yale), Steven Calabresi (Northwestern), Evan Caminker (Michigan), Melissa Murray (NYU), Daniel Rodriguez (Northwestern), and Jane Schacter (Stanford). Papers from the symposium will be published in Constitutional Commentary


Participants will have the opportunity to attend a separate, related event during the noon hour, where lunch will be provided to attendees:


A Conversation with Akhil Reed Amar
Amar, one of nation's preeminent scholars of the U.S. Constitution, will preview his newest book on the founding era and its lessons for today.   


A full schedule of events will be posted when it becomes available.


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