The Randolph W. Thrower Symposium is part of an endowed lecture series sponsored by Mr. Thrower's family and hosted by the Emory Law Journal and Emory University School of Law.
This year's Annual Randolph W. Thrower Symposium, entitled Judging Politics: Judges as Political Actors, Candidates, and Arbiters of the Political, will take place at Emory Law on Thursday, February 10, 2011. Charles Fried, Professor of Law at Harvard Law School, former United States Solicitor General under President Ronald Reagan, and former Associate Justice of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court, will be giving the keynote speech, and will be followed by an impressive panel of legal scholars and practitioners.
The recent confirmation battles of Justices Sotomayor and Kagan, and the Roberts Court landmark 5-4 decision in Citizens United have shined a bright spotlight on the appropriate role of judges within political system. Members of the media, citizens, and politicians of all stripes have used the term “judicial activist” with increasing frequency, oftentimes as a means to label judges with whom they disagree. As the debate over the judiciary’s role in politics rages on, this symposium seeks to address some of the underlying issues: Is the Roberts Court as conservative as it is often portrayed? Does the Court overturn statutes and precedents at greater rates than prior Courts? Are the individual justices on the Court more ideological- left or right- than their predecessors? How has the federal judiciary affected the balance of power between state and federal regulatory control? What do recent federal rulings on the Arizona immigration bill and Proposition 8 in California tell us about the federal judiciary’s role vis-à-vis state politics? Are state judges becoming more political? How do judges make decisions and what internal and external factors affect their decision-making? The goal of this symposium is to bring together leading scholars to advance the discussion surrounding judicial politics.
The Symposium is free and open to the public. For members of the Georgia Bar, it is an excellent and inexpensive opportunity to obtain CLE credit, as we are offering five hours for a $60 registration fee, which also includes parking, breakfast, lunch, and a reception after the event.
Important information on parking is available here.
The day's schedule is available here.
Online registration is now closed. You may register at the symposium, paying with cash or check.
For more information, please email us at thrower(at)law.emory.edu.
We are proud to announce that this year's Thrower Symposium is a Zero Waste event. All waste from the symposium will be either recycled or composted.