//  12/20/17  //  Latest Developments

At AALS on January 4th, ACS is hosting a panel on conventions, norms and constitutional governance.  The panel will be moderated by Eric Segall, and the panelists are Jamal Greene, Neil Siegel, and me (Leah Litman).  The panel will be from 5:30-6:45 in the Balboa Room, South Tower, on the 3rd Floor of the Marriott Marquis (333 W Harbor Dr, San Diego, CA).

Here is a brief description of the event:

Historically, American political leaders have operated under both legal constraints and non-legal but obligatory norms and conventions. These norms and conventions, such as the filibuster, blue slips, and the refusal to politicize federal criminal law enforcement, were often designed to keep partisanship within reasonable bounds so that the stakes of political transitions could be lowered and governmental institutions could function more effectively. Some argue that political actors have become increasingly willing to abandon these longstanding norms and conventions in pursuit of their own partisan or personal objectives. This panel will discuss the role non-legal norms and conventions play in constitutional governance and politics; whether such norms and conventions are falling out of favor; and, if so, the consequences of that loss for our representative, constitutional democracy. 

After the panel, there will be a reception from 6:45-8:00 in the Cardiff Room, South Tower, 3rd Floor.  Adam Winkler will be the featured speaker at the reception.

Come join us!


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