Volume 43 Symposium (2010-11): Is Our Constitutional Order Broken?

Structural and Doctrinal Questions in Constitutional Law

Friday, October 15, 2010

8:00 am – 4:00 pm

William F. Starr Hall – William R. Davis Courtroom

“The Constitution is not an instrument for the government to restrain the people, it is an instrument for the people to restrain the government — lest it come to dominate our lives and interests.”

Patrick Henry

Two hundred and twenty-three years after the signing of the U.S. Constitution, it is essential to continue the examination of its function.  In a fast-changing society, we must examine the Constitution to ensure we are not following a system that is either structurally or doctrinally dysfunctional.

The time is right for a critical discussion of:

  • The use of the filibuster and potential Senate reform;
  • Presidential, congressional, and judicial term limits, their effect on the country, and whether they should be abandoned;
  • The practice of gerrymandering and its consequences; and
  • The implications of structural federalism and the tensions it creates between federal and state governments.

Participants will address the constitutionality of current practices, possible reformations of those practices, and their social and cultural impacts. This symposium will spark debate, highlight changes needed to improve the functioning of our society, and challenge the purported benefits of change versus the status quo.

Continental breakfast and lunch will be provided to those who RSVP by October 9, 2010 to connlrev@law.uconn.edu.  For more information, please contact the Connecticut Law Review at connlrev@law.uconn.edu or (860) 570-5331.  If you require reasonable accommodations for a disability, please contact Jane Thierfeld Brown at (860) 570-5130.

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