Judicial Engagement: What is the Proper Role of Judges?

The Chicago Lawyers Chapter
Start : Tuesday, October 23, 2012 05:30 PM
End : Tuesday, October 23, 2012 07:00 PM

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159 W. Erie
Chicago, IL 60654

Featured Speakers:
Clark Neily



  • Clark Neily, Esq., Senior Attorney at the Institute for Justice

The Constitution limits the proper scope and means of government action, but constitutional limits on government power are meaningless if judges will not enforce them. “Judicial engagement” is the proper role of the judiciary in acknowledging our rights as defined under the U.S. Constitution and state constitutions. Applying judicial engagement includes rejecting simple rational basis review acknowledges the role of judges in recognizing and enforcing constitutional limits on the power of government. The U.S. Constitution trumps precedent and does not merely mean what a judge or panel of judges says it means/meant. Rather, it guarantees a broad array of individual rights and of limits on governmental power. For these and other reasons, judges must carefully consider real-world facts and genuine rather than hypothetical or philosophical justifications for upholding or striking down governmental regulations and justly applying civil and criminal laws.

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5:30 p.m. - Dinner Seating
6:00 p.m. - Presentation

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