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The Roles of Lawyers in Constitutional Change

Friday, Mar 15, 2019 @ 8:15 am - 5:30 pm

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The Roles of Lawyers in Constitutional Change
Friday, March 15, 2019
8:45 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
UCI School of Law | LAW 3500
Lawyers play an important part in constitutional interpretation and constitutional change in the United States. Even if Supreme Court Justices are the ultimate arbiters of constitutional questions that come before the Court, they nevertheless rely on lawyers and their organizations to supply arguments to explain, support, and defend their decisions. Lawyers are also part of the “audience” for judicial decision-making—those whose approval judges care about and who hold them accountable. Lawyers serve as intermediaries between the courts and the public, translating laypersons’ perspectives into legal language and explaining judicial opinions to the electorate. Lawyers also shape perceptions in other important arenas of contest over constitutional interpretation, including legislatures and agencies, the media, and popular opinion.
This conference convenes scholars who are studying various aspects of how lawyers influence constitutional interpretation and constitutional change—as organizational entrepreneurs and suppliers of arguments; as part of the “audience” for judicial decision-making; as translators and interpreters; and as suppliers and purveyors of frames that influence litigation, organizing, coalition-building, and public perceptions of constitutional meaning.
Participants Include:
UCI School of Law
The Ohio State University
American Bar Foundation
UCLA School of Law
William & Mary
University of Maryland
Francis King Carey School of Law
Pomona College
Boston College
University of Texas
UCI School of Law
Stanford Law
Chicago-Kent College of Law
UCI School of Social Ecology
Yale Law School
UCI School of Law
Florida State University
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