Oct
16
6:00 pm18:00

Tenth Annual Hayek Lecture with Professor Thomas Merrill

We are pleased to invite you to the Tenth Annual Friedrich A. von Hayek Lecture featuring Thomas W. Merrill, Charles Evans Hughes Professor of Law at Columbia Law School.  This year marks the fortieth anniversary of Hayek’s Nobel Prize in Economics.  Professor Merrill will deliver the evening’s keynote address titled “Possession as a Natural Right.”  Trevor Morrison, Dean and Eric M. and Laurie B. Roth Professor of Law, NYU Law, Richard Epstein, Laurence A. Tisch Professor of Law, NYU Law, and Mario Rizzo, Associate Professor of Economics, NYU, will make introductory remarks.

The event is jointly sponsored by the Classical Liberal Institute at NYU Law and the New York University Journal of Law and Liberty and will be held on Thursday, October 16, 2014 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. in Vanderbilt Hall, Greenburg Lounge, located at 40 Washington Square South.  A reception will immediately follow the lecture.

 This event has been approved for 1.5 New York State CLE credits.  It will be appropriate for both experienced and newly attorneys (those admitted to the New York Bar for less than two years) and is presented in traditional (in person) format.

 Professor Merrill writes widely in the fields of property and administrative law. In property, he has authored, with Henry Smith of Harvard, a series of articles relating the structure of property rights to information costs, as well as a leading casebook (“Property: Principles and Policies,” 2012); a series of studies, with Joseph Kearney of Marquette, on the role of public property rights in the development of the Chicago lakefront; and a variety of writings on constitutional property. In administrative law, he has written a number of pieces about the history of administrative law, and about judicial review of agency interpretations of law.

Professor Merrill is a graduate of Grinnell College (1971) and Oxford University (1973), where he was a Rhodes Scholar, and the University of Chicago Law School (1977). He clerked for the Hon. David L. Bazelon, U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, and for the Hon. Harry A. Blackmun, U.S. Supreme Court. From 1987-1990 he was Deputy Solicitor General, U.S. Department of Justice. Professor Merrill has previously taught at Northwestern Law School (1981-2003) and at Yale Law School (2008-2010). He is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

As is the custom with the Hayek lectures, Professor Merrill’s talk will be published in the New York University Journal of Law and Liberty.  The Hayek lecture series has addressed many different topics since its inception, but it remains true to its mission: to challenge audiences to help shape a better world.

 If you would like to take this opportunity to register online, please click here or copy and paste the link below: https://nyu.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_bfnE62d3f2x28Bv

 If you have any questions, please contact Jennifer Canose, Program Manager at the Classical Liberal Institute, at jennifer.canose@nyu.edu.

Apr
23
7:00 pm19:00

2nd Annual Law and "Rib-erty"

  • D'Agostino Hall - Basement

The NYU Journal of Law & Liberty invites 1Ls to join us for a Texas BBQ feast of ribs, brisket, vodka sweet tea, and beer.  Bring a bib and an appetite for freedom and meat.

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Feb
19
4:00 pm16:00

Gun Control Debate: Eugene Volokh v. Richard Aborn

Is Gun Control a Good Idea?

On Wednesday February 19, 2014 the Journal of Law & Liberty, the Federalist Society and the Classical Liberal Institute invite you to watch a debate featuring JLL Advisor Professor Eugene Volokh and Richard Aborn.

The debate will be held from 4:00 PM to 6:00PM in Vanderbilt Hall, Smart Classroom 220.

Please RSVP

Professor Eugene Volokh

Professor Eugene Volokh

Eugene Volokh is the Gary T. Schwartz Professor of Law at UCLA School of Law and an expert in gun regulation. Before coming to UCLA, he clerked for Justice Sandra Day O'Connor on the U.S. Supreme Court and for Judge Alex Kozinski on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. He is the founder and coauthor The Volokh Conspiracy. Volokh is the author of over 75 law review articles and over 80 op-eds, including over twenty on gun control. He is among the five most cited then-under-45 faculty members listed in the Top 25 Law Faculties in Scholarly Impact, 2005-2009 study, and among the forty most cited faculty members on that list without regard to age. 

Richard Aborn

Richard Aborn

Richard Aborn is president of the Citizens Crime Commission of New York City, a non-partisan non-profit organization focused on criminal justice and public safety policies and practices. Mr. Aborn also serves as president of Constantine & Aborn Advisory Services (CAAS), which advises police departments, criminal justice agencies, corporations and other organizations in the United States, Europe, and Latin America on high-level strategy and management issues. From 1992 to 1996, Mr. Aborn was president of Handgun Control, Inc. (now the Brady Campaign), the leading gun control advocacy organization in the United States. In this role, Mr. Aborn was one of the principal strategists behind the passage of the landmark Brady Bill and legislation banning assault weapons and large capacity clips. He has testified on Capitol Hill and before state and local legislatures regarding gun control and worked closely with the White House, the Justice Department and the Treasury Department. 

Q&A will follow the debate.  Refreshments will be served. 

RSVP required. 

Feb
10
9:30 am09:30

The Journal of Law & Liberty Annual Symposium: "The Classical Liberal Constitution"

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Please RSVP.

On behalf of The Classical Liberal Institute and the New York University Journal of Law & Liberty, we invite you to a symposium to be held at New York University School of Law on February 10, 2014. The topic of the conference will be Professor Richard Epstein’s forthcoming book The Classical Liberal Constitution: The Uncertain Quest for Limited Government.

The conference will bring together legal scholars from around the country to analyze and debate Professor Epstein’s The Classical Liberal Constitution. Professor Epstein employs close textual reading, historical analysis, and political and economic theory to urge a return to the classical liberal theory of governance that animated the framers’ original text, and to the limited government this theory supports. Grounded in the thought of Locke, Hume, Madison, and other Enlightenment figures, the classical liberal tradition emphasized federalism, restricted government, separation of powers, property rights, and economic liberties. 

The conference begins at 9:30AM with Opening Remarks by Dean Trevor Morrison and an Introduction by Professor Mario Rizzo. 

Following the Introduction, there will be three panels, each focusing on a different aspect of the book:

1. Constitutional Structure, 10:00 AM: This panel will evaluate the structural aspects of the classical liberal constitution, including the roles of each branch of the federal government, separation of powers, and federalism. Professor Epstein defends the traditional view of separation of powers at the federal level, which cuts against the progressive effort to build administrative agencies into the basic system. He also defends on both structural and textual grounds the pre-1937 view of limited commerce and taxing powers against the progressive position that envisions a broad role for government in both these areas.

Moderator: Professor Troy McKenzie (NYU Law)

Panelists: Michael Greve (George Mason Law), Richard Pildes (NYU Law), Richard Wagner (George Mason University), and John Yoo (Berkeley Law)

2. Individual Rights, 1:15 PM: This panel will evaluate the classical liberal constitution’s theory of individual rights–including property, liberty, contract, speech, religion, and equal protection. On these issues, Professor Epstein argues that the interpretive principles set out above tend to argue for the protection of broad rights which in turn are subject to major public justifications that are often encapsulated in the traditional notion of the police power. That uniform position is then contrasted with the modern two-tier progressive structure that tends to follow this approach with preferred freedom and suspect classification but ignores it in connection with traditional property, contract, and, in some cases, procedural protection.

Moderator: Christopher Sprigman (NYU Law)

Panelists: Daryl Levinson (NYU Law), Deborah Malamud (NYU Law), Thomas Merrill (Columbia Law), and Ilya Somin (George Mason Law)

3. Constitutional Methodology, 3:15 PM: This panel will evaluate Professor Epstein’s theory of constitutional interpretation, which starts from a textualist position that it modifies in two ways. The first involves applying general principles to deal with non-textual issues of circumvention, justification, and remedy. Second, he discusses when the prescriptive
constitution (based on long practice) leads to a departure from the original text. That interpretive background is then applied to the major conceptual shifts from the classical liberal constitution that he defends and the modern progressive world view that he attacks.

Moderator: TBA

Panelists: Barry Friedman(NYU Law), Gary Lawson (Boston University Law), Michael Rappaport (San Diego University Law), Nicholas Rosenkranz (Georgetown Law), and Adam Samaha (NYU Law)

At 11:45 AM and 5:00 PM, Professor Richard Epstein will give  remarks responding to the day's panels.   

Please RSVP

We hope you will be able to join us on February 10th.

Oct
17
6:00 pm18:00

The Ninth Annual Friedrich A. von Hayek Lecture

We are pleased to invite you to the Ninth Annual Friedrich A. von Hayek Lecture featuring The Honorable Jeffrey S. Sutton, federal judge on the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. Judge Sutton will deliver the event’s keynote address titled, “Courts, Rights, and New Technology: Judging in an Ever-Changing World.”  Richard Epstein, Laurence A. Tisch Professor of Law at NYU School of Law, will make introductory remarks. The lecture is offering 1.5 Continuing Legal Education (CLE) credits.

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The event is sponsored by the New York University Journal of Law & Liberty and will be held on Thursday, October 17, 2013, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. in Vanderbilt Hall, Greenberg Lounge, located at 40 Washington Square South. A reception will immediately follow the lecture.

Judge Sutton, born in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia, was educated at William College and Ohio State University Moritz College of Law.  After receiving his JD in 1990, Judge Sutton clerked for Judge Thomas Meskill of the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit in 1990–1991 and then on the United States Supreme Court for Justices Antonin Scalia and Lewis Powell in 1991–1992.  In 2003, President George W. Bush appointed Judge Sutton to the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. Prior to joining the Sixth Circuit, Judge Sutton was a partner at Jones Day and served as the Solicitor General of the State of Ohio. Currently, Judge Sutton is also a lecturer at Harvard Law School and the Ohio State University Moritz College of Law.  
    
As is the custom with the Hayek lectures, Judge Sutton’s talk will be published in the New York University Journal of Law & Liberty. The Hayek lecture series has addressed many different topics since its inception, but it remains true to its mission: to challenge audiences to help shape a better world.

If you would like to take this opportunity to register online, please click here, or copy and paste the registration link below.

Registration link: http://nyulaw.imodules.com/2013hayeklecture

Apr
18
4:00 pm16:00

Eugene Volokh: "Mechanisms of the Slippery Slope"

  • Vanderbilt Hall, Room 240

JLL advisor Eugene Volokh will speak on "Mechanisms of the Slippery Slope" - the way by which one step today may make the next step more likely tomorrow.  Volokh will discuss the appeal of slippery slope arguments to libertarians, conservatives, and progressives alike.  He will also show how these arguments apply to a vast range of fields, such as free speech, guns, privacy, medical ethics, tort liability, same-sex marriage, and more.

JLL Advisor Mario Rizzo will introduce professor Volokh and offer some commentary at the end.