Enumerated Powers, the Tenth Amendment, and Limited Government - Event Audio/Video

2010 National Lawyers Convention

The Federal government’s power has vastly increased over the history of the Republic. To what degree do enumerated powers and the Tenth Amendment still limit the power of Congress? Could each chamber of Congress create a Committee on the Tenth Amendment that would have to approve bills for constitutionality before they could be considered on the floor? Are there constitutional amendments that are needed to rein in federal power? A Balanced Budget Amendment, for example, or an amendment requiring super-majorities to pass spending or tax bills? How about a constitutional amendment requiring that the budget of the United States be prepared every two years and that it be subject to popular approval at presidential or midterm elections?


Showcase Panel I: Enumerated Powers, the Tenth Amendment, and Limited Government
9:15 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

  • Prof. Randy E. Barnett, Carmack Waterhouse Professor of Legal Theory, Georgetown University Law Center
  • Hon. R. Edward “Ted” Cruz, Partner, Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP
  • Prof. Michael J. Gerhardt, Samuel Ashe Distinguished Professor in Constitutional Law, Director, Center for Law and Government, University of North Carolina School of Law
  • Prof. Michael Stokes Paulsen, Distinguished University Chair and Professor, University of Saint Thomas School of Law
  • Prof. Mark V. Tushnet, William Nelson Cromwell Professor of Law, Harvard University Law School
  • Moderator:  Hon. J. Harvie Wilkinson, III, United States Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit

The Mayflower Hotel
Washington, DC

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