The Federalist Society for Law and Public Policy Studies is a group of conservatives and libertarians interested in the current state of the legal order. Its intellectual network extends throughout the legal community and offers students the opportunity to interact with judges, government officials, accomplished attorneys, professors, and other non-profit organizations. The Society is founded on four principles: federalism, the role of the state is to preserve freedom, the separation of governmental powers is central to our Constitution, and the duty of the judiciary is to say what the law is, not what it should be.

The Federalist Society sponsors speakers and debates designed to promote debate and interest in current legal issues.  The group is non-partisan and is traditionally made up of all political views. Recent speakers include John Lott, Ilya Somin, Ed Whalen, Logan Beirne, Steven Teles, Steven Hayward, Ken Starr, Richard Epstein, and more.

There are many different elected positions in the student chapter.  Every student is invited to attend the Federalist Society National Student Symposium, which is held each year during the spring semester at a different law school throughout the country.  Past locations include Yale (2009), University of Virginia (2011 and 2016), Stanford (2012), University of Texas (2013), and Columbia University (2017). Travel stipends available.

Past Activities:

  • Oct. 16, 2014 – Hobby Lobby: War on Women or Protecting the Pious? – Michael Francisco & Prof. Melissa Hart
  • Nov. 3, 2014 – Election Law - Judge Timothy Tymkovich of the Tenth Circuit
  • Nov. 20, 2014 – Rise of the Warrior Cop: The Militarization of America’s Police Forces – Radley Balko
  • Mar. 12, 2015 – Declaring War and Confronting Terror: The ISIS threat and beyond – Richard Epstein
  • Mar. 19, 2015 – Same-Sex Marriage Debate – Ryan Anderson & Prof. Melissa Hart
  • Mar. 30, 2015 – Ferguson, Role of Police – Jim Davis, Sheriff Pelle
  • Apr. 22, 2015 – Gender Wage Gap - Romina Boccia
  • Sept. 6, 2016 – Gun control and Mass Shootings, John Lott & Prof. Carolyn Ramsey
  • Sept. 21, 2016 – Regressive Regulation: How the Wealthy Game Markets Slow Economic Growth and Redistribute Upwards – Prof. Steven Teles
  • Oct. 13, 2016 – Stumping Trump: The Merits of Immigration – Prof. Ilya Somin
  • Nov. 11, 2016 – An Analysis of the 2016 Elections – Prof. Steven F. Hayward & Prof. Scott Moss