Constitution Symposium

DUE TO THE TREMENDOUS RESPONSE WE HAVE RECEIVED FOR THIS PROGRAM,
WE ARE NO LONGER ABLE TO ACCEPT ANY ADDITIONAL REGISTRATIONS.


WEDNESDAY  •  MARCH 12, 2014
10:00

REGISTRATION (All attendees must check in upon arrival)

12:30

OPENING SESSION

Introductory Remarks:
Charles L. Ruffin, President, State Bar of Georgia

Presentation of the Colors

National Anthem

Welcoming Comments:
Hon. Nathan Deal, Governor of Georgia, Atlanta, GA
Hon. Hugh P. Thompson, Chief Justice, Supreme Court of Georgia, Atlanta, GA
Hon. Frank M. Hull, Judge, Eleventh Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals, Atlanta, GA

AFTERNOON SESSIONS
1:00

interpreting the CONSTITUTION: A DEBATE
Erwin Chemerinsky, Dean, University of California Irvine School of Law, Irvine, CA

Richard A. Epstein, Professor, New York University School of Law, New York, NY

2:00

BREAK

2:15
how THE ratification process should affect our understanding of the Constitution: a discussion
Akhil Reed Amar, Professor, Yale Law School, New Haven, CT

Walter F. “Jack” Pratt, Jr., Dean, University of South Carolina School of Law, Columbia, SC

Melvin Urofsky, Professor, American University, Washington, DC
3:30

BREAK

3:45

the constitutional limits of federal legislative and executive power: a view from the states
Roy A. Cooper III, Attorney General of North Carolina, Raleigh, NC

Samuel S. Olens, Attorney General of Georgia, Atlanta, GA

John W. Suthers, Attorney General of Colorado, Denver, CO

5:00

RECESS

7:00

DINNER AND KEYNOTE ADDRESS
(Dinner included in registration fee)

The Founding Fathers and the Founding Time
David McCullough, Author & Historian, Two-Time Pulitzer Prize Winner and Presidential Medal of Freedom Recipient, Boston, MA

THURSDAY  •  MARCH 13, 2014
MORNING SESSIONS
9:00

IS THE DEATH PENALTY CONSTITUTIONAL? A REENACTMENT OF THE 1972 ORAL ARGUMENTS IN FURMAN v. GEORGIA
Introduction:
Anne S. Emanuel, Professor, Georgia State University College of Law, Atlanta, GA

Presiding:
Hon. Beverly B. Martin, Judge, Eleventh Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals, Atlanta

Hon. Herbert E. Phipps, Chief Judge, Court of Appeals of Georgia, Atlanta

Hon. Hugh P. Thompson, Chief Justice, Supreme Court of Georgia, Atlanta


For the Petitioner William Henry Furman:
Stephen B. Bright, President and Senior Counsel, Southern Center for Human Rights, Atlanta, GA; Harvey Karp Visiting Professor, Yale Law School, New Haven, CT

For the Respondent State of Georgia:
Anne W. Lewis, Strickland Brockington Lewis LLP, Atlanta, GA

Commentary:
Hon. Dorothy T. Beasley, Former Chief Judge, Court of Appeals of Georgia; Henning Mediation & Arbitration Service, Inc., Atlanta

10:30
break
10:45
CONVINCING THE COURT:  HOW ADVOCATES SEEK TO SHAPE THE INTERPRETATION OF THE CONSTITUTION
Introduction:
David Oedel, Professor, Walter F. George School of Law, Mercer University, Macon, GA

Speakers:
Hon. Paul D. Clement, Former Solicitor General of the U.S.; Adjunct Professor, Georgetown University Law Center; Bancroft PLLC, Washington, DC

Hon. Seth P. Waxman, Former Solicitor General of the U.S.; Wilmer Hale, Washington, DC
11:45
BREAK
12:00
lunch AND NEWS MEDIA PANEL: COVERING THE CONSTITUTION AND THE SUPREME COURT
(Included in registration fee)

Moderator:
Peter C. Canfield, Jones Day, Atlanta, GA

Panelists:
Amy Howe, Editor, SCOTUSblog, Washington, DC
Adam Liptak, Supreme Court Correspondent, New York Times, New York, NY
Nina Totenberg, National Public Radio, Washington, DC
1:30
BREAK
AFTERNOON SESSIONS
1:45

expanding the constitutional conversation: a discussion with leading legal bloggers
Moderator:
Robert Schapiro, Dean, Emory University School of Law, Atlanta, GA

Panelists:
Jack M. Balkin, Balkinization Bloggers; Professor, Yale Law School, New Haven, CT

Eugene Volokh, The Volokh Conspiracy; Professor, University of California Los Angeles School of Law, Los Angeles, CA

Edward Whelan, President, Ethics and Public Policy Center and Blogger for National Review Online, Washington, DC

2:45

BREAK

3:00

our constitution as a model for the world
Jim Marshall, Former President, United States Institute of Peace 2012-2014; Member of Congress 2003-2011, Washington, DC

3:45
GUN RIGHTS AND REGULATIONs:  A recently renewed constitutional debate
Moderator:
Eric Segall, Professor, Georgia State University College of Law, Atlanta, GA

Panelists:
Sanford V. “Sandy” Levinson, Professor, University of Texas School of Law, Austin, TX

Nelson Lund, Professor, George Mason University School of Law, Arlington VA

Adam Winkler, Professor, University of California Los Angeles School of Law, Los Angeles, CA
5:00
QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS
5:30
recess
FRIDAY  •  MARCH 14, 2014
MORNING SESSIONS
9:00

INTERPRETING THE CONSTITUTION: VIEWS FROM THE “LOWER” COURTS
Moderator:
Hon. Cathy Cox, Former Georgia Secretary of State; President, Young Harris College, Young Harris, GA

Panelists:
Hon. Alex Kozinski, Cheif Judge, Ninth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals, Pasadena, CA

Hon. David E. Nahmias, Justice, Supreme Court of Georgia, Atlanta, GA

Hon. Richard A. Posner, Judge, Seventh Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals, Chicago, IL

10:00
THE CONSTITUtION in the real world: recollections from the civil rights movement
Introduction:
Sally Q. Yates, U.S. Attorney, Northern District of Georgia, Atlanta, GA

Speaker:
Reverend Dr. C.T. Vivian, Dean, Urban Institute at the Interdenominational Theological Center, Atlanta, GA
10:45
BREAK
11:00
INTERPRETING THE CONSTITUTION: A VIEW FROM THE HIGH COURT
Hon. Antonin Scalia, Associate Justice, U.S. Supreme Court, Washington, DC
12:00
ADJOURN

About the Speakers:
Justice Antonin Scalia practiced law in the 1960s and worked in public service in the 1970s. After teaching at the University of Chicago Law School, in 1982 he was appointed by President Reagan to the Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia. Four years later he was appointed Associate Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court by Reagan.

David McCullough is twice winner of the Pulitzer Prize, twice winner of the National Book Award, and has received the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian award.

Reverend Dr. C.T. Vivian was recently presented the prestigious Presidential Medal of Freedom award by President Barack Obama in Washington D.C. He is credited with partnering with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. to plan the March on Washington in 1963.

Paul D. Clement served as the 43rd Solicitor General of the United States from June 2005 until June 2008. Mr. Clement has argued more Supreme Court cases since 2000 than any lawyer in or out of Government.

Seth Waxman is one of the country's premier Supreme Court and appellate advocates. He joined the U.S. Department of Justice in 1994. Appointed by President Clinton, he served as Solicitor General of the United States from 1997 through January 2001.

Nina Totenberg is NPR's award-winning legal affairs correspondent. Her coverage of the Supreme Court and legal affairs has won her widespread recognition.

Co-Chairs:
Charles L. Ruffin, Program Chair; President, State Bar of Georgia; Baker Donelson Bearman Caldwell & Berkowitz, P.C., Atlanta and Macon, GA

Hon. David E. Nahmias, Justice, Supreme Court of Georgia, Atlanta, GA

David Oedel, Professor, Walter F. George School of Law, Mercer University, Macon, GA

CLE Hours:
12 CLE Hours including 1 Ethics Hour, 1 Professionalism Hour* and 3 Trial Practice Hours
*optional, Self-Report