Past Events


The Second Highest Court in the Land: Judging on the DC Circuit

Judges Tatel and Kavanaugh participate in a discussion moderated by Dean Martha Minow about their work on the United States Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit.

January 31, 2014



Dodd Frank and the Dangers of Reform

Michael Wiseman, Sullivan & Cromwell in NY, and Professor Hal Scott, HLS, discuss the regulatory changes underway as a result of the Dodd Frank Act and the impact they are having on our economy and legal system.

January 30, 2014



Originalism and the Good Constitution

What is Originalism? Why should we be bound by or care about the original intent of long dead men anyway? Professors John McGinnis (Northwestern) and James Fleming (Boston University) discuss the merits of originalism as a means of interpreting and applying our Constitution.

November 21, 2013



Class Action Fairness

Ted Frank of the Center for Class Action Fairness and Glen DeValerio of Berman DeValerio

October 22, 2013



Regulation v. Religious Freedom

Notre Dame Professor Richard Garnett and HLS Professor Noah Feldman

October 17, 2013



Campaign Finance Laws and Free Speech

Former Federal Election Commissioner Hans von Spakovsky and HLS Professor Lawrence Lessig

October 4, 2013




Gun Control, Common Sense and the Constitution

March 5, 2013


What is Marriage? A Debate.

January 31, 2013


Citizen’s United and the 2012 Election

October 3, 2012


The Morality of Free Enterprise

September, 27 2012




Healthcare Oral Argument Review
April 12, 2012
Obama Recess Appointments Debate
April 11, 2012
Vaughan Panel Discussion
April 4, 2012


Alan Gura: The State of Second Amendment Law, 4/03/2012
April 3, 2012


NEP-HHS Mandate
March 29, 2012


Margaret Thatcher and Lessons for 2012
Dermot Quinn, Seton Hall
Maya Jasanoff, Harvard University
February 28, 2012


The Natural Law Challenge
Hadley Arkes, Amherst College
Richard Fallon, Harvard Law School
February 21, 2012


Redistricting and the Voting Rights Act
Abigail Thernstrom, Manhattan Institute
Randall Kennedy, Harvard Law School
February 14, 2012
Conservative and Libertarian Solutions to Poverty
Jeffrey Miron, Harvard University
Peter Wehner, Ethics & Public Policy Center
Mary Ann Glendon, Harvard Law School
February 7, 2012
Embryo Ethics and the Law
Chris Tollefsen, Univ. of South Carolina,
Glenn Cohen, Harvard Law School
February 1, 2012
Wal-Mart v. Dukes: A Review
Ted Boutrous, Attorney for Wal-Mart
David Rosenberg, Harvard Law School
November 17, 2011


Moral Neutrality and the Rule of Law
Tara Smith, University of Texas at Austin Department of Philosophy
November 16, 2011


“The Future of Unions in America”
Linda Chavez, Center for Equal Opportunity
Richard Freeman, Harvard University Department of Economics
November 8, 2011
“Judicial Engagement: A Debate”
Clark Neily, Senior Attorney, Institute for Justice
Professor Gary Lawson, Boston University School of Law
November 2, 2011
“Distorting Locke: Restoring the Theory of Property”
Professor Eric Claeys, George Mason University School of Law
Professor Joseph Singer, Harvard Law School
November 1, 2011
“Reconsidering the New Deal”
Amity Shlaes, Council on Foreign Relations
Professor Nancy Koehn, Harvard Business School
October 25, 2011
“Blogging the Judiciary: The Effect of Blogs on the Law”
David Lat, Above the Law
Professor Jeannie Suk, Harvard Law School
October 18, 2011
“The Lochner Era: Reconsidering the Freedom of Contract”
Professor David Bernstein, George Mason University School of Law
Professor Gary Lawson, Boston University School of Law
October 12, 2011
“Lessons from Wisconsin: Politics and the Courts”
Judge Diane Sykes, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
Professor Jed Shugerman, Harvard Law School
October 3, 2011
“Abortion Law After South Dakota”
Professor Helen Alvaré, George Mason University School of Law
Professor Martha Field, Harvard Law School
September 27, 2011
“Slippery Slope Arguments and the First Amendment”
Professor Eugene Volokh, UCLA School of Law
Professor Noah Feldman, Harvard Law School
September 20, 2011
“The Law of 9/11″
Former Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff
September 13, 2011
The Green Lecture
Justice Elena Kagan and Dean Martha Minow
September 6, 2011