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Yale Law Journal to Host Conference on Executive Power, March 24-25

The Yale Law Journal will host a symposium entitled "The Most Dangerous Branch? Mayors, Governors, Presidents and the Rule of Law: A Symposium on Executive Power," on March 24-25, 2006, at Yale Law School. From the Alito hearings to the NSA hearings, from the response to Hurricane Katrina to the debate over illegal immigration, the power of executives at the local, state, and federal levels is the most important legal issue shaping today's political landscape. This symposium will explore the practical and academic aspects of these debates.

The conference will bring together the nation's leading legal scholars, policymakers, and practitioners, including current and former members of the Bush administration and professors who have testified in the Alito and NSA hearings.

"A Symposium on this topic could not come at a better time. We hope this event will break new ground and generate meaningful debate on some of the most important legal and political topics of our time," said C.J. Mahoney, editor-in-chief of The Yale Law Journal.

Distinguished participants will include Brett Kavanaugh, staff secretary to President Bush and D.C. Circuit Court nominee; John Yoo, Berkeley law professor and former assistant attorney general to President Bush; Cass Sunstein, University of Chicago Law School professor; Elena Kagan, Dean of Harvard Law School; Steven Calabresi, Northwestern Law School professor; Neal Katyal, Georgetown Law Center professor and current counsel for Salim Hamdan before the U.S. Supreme Court; and Harold Hongju Koh, Dean of Yale Law School.

Registration for the symposium is free and includes copies of the papers as well as lunch during the conference. Please send an email to symposium@yalelawjournal.org to register.

For more information, please e-mail Symposium Director Judy Coleman at judy.coleman@yale.edu.

The Yale Law Journal is a publication devoted to cultivating and disseminating academic scholarship of the highest caliber on the most relevant and significant contemporary legal issues. The Yale Law Journal is published eight times a year (monthly from October through June, excluding February) by The Yale Law Journal Company, Inc.