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Symposium March 28 on “Interpreting Federal Statutes: The Dysfunctional Dialogue between the Courts and Congress”

The Yale Law School Supreme Court Advocacy Clinic will sponsor a symposium on Wednesday, March 28, titled “Interpreting Federal Statutes: The Dysfunctional Dialogue between the Courts and Congress.” The symposium will take place in Room 122 at Yale Law School and is free and open to the public.

“Just this month, our Supreme Court Advocacy Clinic represented a client in a Supreme Court case (Astrue v. Capato) involving a tricky question of statutory interpretation,” said Linda Greenhouse ’78 MSL, a member of the clinic’s faculty. “Our students quickly learn that statutory cases can be as fascinating and challenging as the constitutional cases that tend to get more attention. These cases provide the ground on which the courts and Congress most often meet, whether productively or not. This symposium offers the chance to hear federal and state judges and academic experts discuss the puzzle of statutory interpretation and interbranch dialogue in all its dimensions.” 

The conference begins at 1:30 p.m. with an introduction and welcome. A series of panel discussions follows, on “Framing the Judicial Debate,” “Legislative Responses to Judicial Construction,” and “Resolving the Statutory Interpretation Stalemate.”

For more information, including the schedule and panel participants, visit the symposium web page. If you have any questions, contact kris.kavanaugh@yale.edu.  

The conference is sponsored by the generous support of the Oscar M. Ruebhausen Fund.