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Federalist Society to Hold Annual Symposium on "Law and Truth" at YLS, March 1-2


New Haven, Conn.-- Yale University's Federalist Society will host a student symposium titled "Law and Truth," March 1-2 at Yale Law School, 127 Wall Street.

Judges, academics and lawyers from around the country will debate issues ranging from the ethical problems highlighted by the collapse of Enron to the ability of the jury system to find truth.

Speakers from across the ideological spectrum include Theodore Olson, Solicitor General of the United States; Anthony Kronman, dean of Yale Law School; U.S. Court of Appeals judges Guido Calabresi, Dennis Jacobs and John Walker; Associate White House Counsel Brett Kavanaugh; and professors Richard Epstein (University of Chicago), Akhil Amar (Yale) and Yale Kamisar (University of Michigan), among many others.

The Federalist Society was founded at Yale in 1982 by Steven Calabresi, Lee Liberman Otis, the Hon. Spencer Abraham, Peter Keisler and the Hon. David McIntosh as a forum for conservatives and libertarians dedicated to reforming the current legal order. The national organization now has more than 5,000 student members in 145 law schools across the country. It also has a division for practicing lawyers with more than 20,000 members and recently established a faculty division.

The symposium will begin on Friday, March 1, at 7 p.m. with a panel on "Law and Truth: Pre-Modernism, Modernism and Post-Modernism" in the Levinson Auditorium at Yale Law School. A reception follows in the Law School dining hall. On Saturday, panels will be held in the Levinson Auditorium on "Originalism and Historical Truth" and "Truth, the Jury and the Adversarial System," along with a debate on The Exclusionary Rule and a roundtable on "The Lawyer's Responsibility to the Truth." A banquet in University Commons at 7 p.m. will celebrate the founding of the Federalist Society at Yale Law School 20 years ago.

Registration begins at 2 p.m. on March 1 in Room 120, Yale Law School. Student registration is $5; $25, including the banquet. Non-student registration is $26; $55, including the banquet. The press is invited to attend for free.

For more information, contact symposium coordinator Michael Yaeger at 203 432-1887; e-mail michael.yaeger@yale.edu; or visit the Yale Law School Federalist Society's website at www.yale.edu/federalist. Online registration is available on the national website at www.fed-soc.org/events/studentsymposium.htm . Further information will be forthcoming on this website as well.

The conference is funded in part by the Holman Supporting Foundation and Yale Law School.