The Symposium will be held on Friday, October 11th at Wayne State University Law School from 8:00am to 5:00pm.
RSVPs are not required but encouraged. To RSVP, please click here.
This year’s symposium is triggered by the 50th anniversary of Michigan’s Constitution. Ratified in 1963, Michigan’s Constitution was part of a wave of change in state constitutions sparked by the famous “one person, one vote” standard formulated by the U.S. Supreme Court in Baker v. Carr. Ten states ratified new constitutions as part of this movement.
This symposium seeks to evaluate the progress of state constitutions over the past 50 years. The symposium will also expose students, practitioners, academics, and the community to the unique and important qualities of state constitutions that are largely overlooked and undervalued.
The event will consist of speakers, panels, and networking opportunities. Attendees will have the opportunity to interact with noted national and local legal scholars and well as Michigan judges, practitioners and community members.
The morning portion of the program will concentrate on state constitutionalism and will consist of three panels. Speakers and panel participants include Robert Williams and Alan Tarr from Rutgers-‐Camden School of Law, Helen Hershkoff from N.Y.U. School of Law, Jim Gardner from SUNY Buffalo Law School, John Dinan from Wake Forest University, Susan Fino from Wayne State University, Lawrence Friedman from New England Law School, Mila Versteeg from University of Virginia Law, Emily Zackin from Johns Hopkins, and Justin Long from Wayne State University Law School.
The afternoon portion of the program will focus on celebrating Michigan’s constitution. Jack Faxon, former State Senator and member of the constitutional convention, will speak at the luncheon about his experience and memories. Justice Marilyn Kelly and Justice Charles Levin will participate on a Michigan Supreme Court judicial panel and will discuss their experience hearing and deciding state constitutional cases.
Our Keynote Speaker this year will be Mr. Frank Kelley, former Attorney General. Mr. Kelley will speak about his experiences with the Michigan Constitution as well as how the Constitution impacts the practice of law.
Food and drink will be provided free of charge throughout the symposium including a continental breakfast, a luncheon, and an evening reception. Lunch will be provided to those who RSVP.
The Wayne Law Review Symposium is made possible through the support of the Cohn Family Endowed Fund.
If you have any questions or concerns, please email Stephanie Eisenberg, Symposium Editor, at firstname.lastname@example.org or Lynn Bartkowiak Sholander, Editor-In-Chief, at email@example.com.
We look forward to seeing you on Friday, October 11th!