Briefing Room


State Constitutions in the United States Federal System

February 26, 2015 | Events

State constitutional law has historically been under-studied in comparison to federal constitutionalism and yet, it is an extremely important source of American law. On Friday, March 6, from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. in Saxbe Auditorium, the Ohio State Law Journal symposium, “State Constitutions in the United States Federal System: An Exploration of the Construction, Execution, and Interpretation of State Founding Documents,” will explore the various structural aspects of state constitutional law. Panelists will examine where state constitutions fit in to our federal system and how they are to be interpreted, amended, and utilized by advocates amidst the backdrop of its federal counterpart. They will also debate topics including popular constitutionalism, state constitutional independence, individual rights’ protections, state administrative agencies, and more.

Featured guests at this event will include:

• James Gardner – Professor of Law at SUNY Buffalo
• Sanford Levinson – Professor of Law, Professor of Government, University of Texas at Austin
• The Honorable Goodwin Liu – Associate Justice, California Supreme Court
• Ann Lousin – Professor of Law, John Marshall Law School
• Jim Rossi – Professor of Law, Vanderbilt Law School
• Aaron Saiger – Professor of Law, Fordham University
• Miriam Seifter – Professor of Law, University of Wisconsin
• Virginia Seitz – Former United States Assistant Attorney General for the Office of Legal Counsel and current Partner at Sidley Austin LLP
• Steven Steinglass – Professor Emeritus, Cleveland-Marshall College of Law
• The Honorable Jeffrey Sutton – Judge on the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit and Adjunct Professor at The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law
• Alan Tarr – Professor of Political Science, Rutgers University at Camden
• Robert Williams – Professor of Law, Rutgers School of Law

Registration is required. Click here to learn more and register.