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The Swing Justice: Reflections on the Career of Justice Anthony Kennedy
  • When: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
    Friday, Oct. 5
  • Where: Knowles Conference Center, Georgia State University College of Law, 85 Park Place NE, Atlanta

The symposium has been approved for 6 CLE credits

An examination of Kennedy’s role as a swing vote, as well as his important opinions on gay rights, abortion, freedom of speech and other constitutional law issues.

Eric Segall, Kathy and Lawrence Ashe Professor of Law at Georgia State University College of Law and author of Supreme Myths: Why the Supreme Court Is Not a Court and Its Justices Are Not Justices  and Originalism as Faith, will host the event.

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8:00-8:30: Breakfast

8:30-8:45: Introduction: Dean Wendy F. Hensel, Georgia State University College of Law

8:45-10:00 a.m. Abortion and Gay Rights:

  • Moderator: Eric Segall, Kathy and Lawrence Ashe Professor of Law at Georgia State University College of Law
  • Pamela S. Karlan, Kenneth and Harle Montgomery Professor of Public Interest Law and Co-Director, Supreme Court Litigation Clinic, Stanford Law School
  • Nina Totenberg, Legal Affairs Correspondent, NPR
  • Mark Tushnet, William Nelson Cromwell Professor of Law, Harvard Law School

10:00-10:15: Break

10:15-11:30 a.m. Justice Kennedy’s Prose: Style and Substance

  • Moderator: Eric Segall
  • Eric Berger, Professor of Law, Nebraska College of Law
  • Jamal Greene, Dwight Professor of Law, Columbia Law School
  • Emily Bazelon, New York Times staff writer and co-host of Slate’s “Political Gabfest,” a weekly podcast

11:30 a.m. – 12:45 p.m. Lunch Session: Free Speech/Freedom of Religion Discussion and Questions

12:45-2:00 p.m. Criminal Procedure and Affirmative Action

  • Moderator: Lauren Sudeall Lucas, Associate Professor of Law and Faculty Director, Center for Access to Justice, Georgia State University College of Law
  • Corinna Lain, S. D. Roberts & Sandra Moore Professor of Law, Richmond School of Law
  • Dan Epps, Associate Professor of Law, Washington University Law
  • Gail Heriot, Professor of Law, University of San Diego Law School

2:00-2:15 p.m. Break

2:15-3:30 p.m. Federalism and Separation of Powers

  • Moderator: Eric Segall
  • Stephen M. Griffin, W.R. Irby Chair and Rutledge C. Clement, Jr. Professor in Constitutional Law, Tulane University Law School
  • Ilya Somin, Professor of Law, George Mason University Antonin Scalia Law School
  • Neil Kinkopf, Professor of Law, Georgia State University College of Law

3:30-4:45: The Median Justice

  • Moderator: Eric Segall
  • Lee Epstein, the Ethan A.H. Shepley Distinguished University Professor at Washington University in St. Louis
  • Alexander “Sasha” Volokh, Associate Professor of Law, Emory University School of Law
  • Jonathan H. Adler, Johan Verheij Memorial Professor of Law and Director, Center for Business Law and Regulation, Case Western University School of Law

4:45-5:00 p.m. Closing Statement – Eric Segall