2017 National Student Symposium - "The First Amendment in Contemporary Society"

Columbia Law School - March 3-4, 2017

Start : Friday, March 03, 2017 06:30 PM
End : Saturday, March 04, 2017 10:00 PM

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New York, NY 10027

The Columbia Law School Federalist Society's Student Chapter will host the 36th National Student Symposium on March 3-4, 2017. The topic of the Symposium is "The First Amendment in Contemporary Society". Additional information will be posted later this year.

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Panel 1: Privacy and Freedom of the Press  
6:30 p.m. -8:00 p.m.
Jerome Greene Hall 104

  • Prof. Richard Epstein, Laurence A. Tisch Professor of Law, New York University School of Law
  • Prof. Irina Manta, Professor of Law and Director of the Center for Intellectual Property Law, Maurice A. Deane School of Law at Hofstra University
  • Mr. Jameel Jaffer, Director of the Knight First Amendment Institute at Columbia University
  • Prof. Steve Coll, Dean & Henry R. Luce Professor of Journalism, Columbia Journalism School; Staff Writer, The New Yorker
  • Moderator: Hon. Reena Raggi, Circuit Judge, US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit

Cocktail & Networking Reception
8:30 p.m. -10:00 p.m.
Low Library 


Panel 2: Campaign Finance and Free Speech 
9:30 a.m. -11:00 a.m.
Jerome Greene Hall 104

  • Prof. Brad Smith, Josiah H. Blackmore II/Shirley M. Nault Professor of Law, Capital University Law School; Former FEC Commissioner
  • Prof. Richard Pildes, Sudler Family Professor of Constitutional Law, New York University School of Law
  • Prof. John O. McGinnis, George C. Dix Professor in Constitutional Law, Northwestern University School of Law
  • Prof. Ciara Torres-Spelliscy, Fellow, Brennan Center for Justice; Associate Professor of Law, Stetson University College of Law
  • Moderator: Hon. Richard J. Sullivan, U.S. District Judge for the Southern District of New York 

Debate: ABA Model Rule 8.4 
11:15 a.m. -12:30 p.m.
Jerome Greene Hall 104

  • Prof. Eugene Volokh, Gary T. Schwartz Professor of Law, UCLA School of Law
  • Mr. Robert N. Weiner, Partner, Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP
  • Moderator: Hon. Lavenski Smith, U.S. Court of Appeals, 8th Circuit

12:30 p.m. -2:00 p.m.
Lenfest Cafe

Panel 3: Religious Liberty after the USCCR Report
2:00 p.m. -3:45 p.m.
Jerome Greene Hall 104

  • Prof. Bill Marshall, Kenan Professor of Law, University of North Carolina
  • Prof. Michael Paulsen, Distinguished University Chair and Professor, University of St. Thomas
  • Prof. Marci Hamilton, Fox Family Pavilion Distinguished Scholar, University of Pennsylvania
  • Prof. Douglas Laycock, Robert E. Scott Distinguished Professor of Law; University of Virginia Law School; Professor of Religious Studies, University of Virginia
  • Moderator: Hon. William H. Pryor, Jr. U.S. Court of Appeals, 11th Circuit

Panel 4: Universities and the First Amendment 
4:00 p.m. - 5:45 p.m.
Jerome Greene Hall 104

  • Prof. Robert Post, Dean and Sol & Lillian Goldman Professor of Law, Yale Law School
  • Prof. Phillip Hamburger, Maurice and Hilda Friedman Professor of Law, Columbia Law School
  • Prof. Suzanne Goldberg, Executive Vice President for University Life, Columbia University; Herbert and Doris Wechsler Clinical Professor of Law, Columbia Law School
  • Prof. Michael McConnell, Richard and Frances Mallery Professor of Law; Director, Constitutional Law Center; Senior Fellow, Hoover Institution
  • Moderator: Hon. Thomas Hardiman, U.S. Court of Appeals, Third Circuit

Cocktail Reception 
6:00 p.m. -7:00 p.m.  
Lerner Hall, North Lobby 

Banquet Dinner
7:00 p.m. -10:00 p.m. 
Lerner Hall, Roone Arledge Auditorium

  • Introductory Remarks
  • Keynote: TBA
Registration details:

Registration is now open for students as well as non-students. Please note that the Banquet Registration is separate from the Conference Registration. If you would like to attend the Saturday night Cocktail Reception and the seated Banquet, you must register for the Banquet as well as the Conference.

Student Registration Rates:
Conference - $10
Banquet - $55

Non-Student Registration Rates:
Conference - $50
Banquet - $100


We're excited to host all of you in the Big Apple. We've managed to secure a great deal at $129/night with the Hudson Hotel, located at Columbus Circle (20 minutes by subway to Columbia Law). The deal expires shortly after the New Year, so we encourage everybody to act fast and book online here.

Related Materials:
National Student Symposia
Student Symposium Travel Reimbursement Request Form for Dues-Paying Student Division Members (PDF)