Upcoming Conference – Southeastern Association of Law Schools July 27-August 2

The next annual meeting of the Southeastern Association of Law Schools will be held July 27-August 2 at The Boca Resort in Boca Raton, FL. Registration is still open.


Monday, July 27
9:30 AM –
12:00 PM

Discussion Group: Policing Police & Soldiers
Police and soldiers operate with some level of separation from the communities they police and protect. The right level of separation, however, is difficult to identify and somewhat situational. In the last year, the sexual assault crisis and the outcry following the reported events in Ferguson, Missouri caused Americans to re-evaluate separate military justice and the lack of integration between police and the communities they serve. Finding the right level of separation for these government servants is a shared dilemma of every community in the world. We will compare the laws, policies and methods of states, communities, and international bodies regarding the relationship between law enforcement, the military, and the local populace.

Moderator: Professor Richard Meyer, Mississippi College School of Law

Discussants: Professor Eric Carpenter, Florida International University College of Law; Professor Steven Friedland, Elon University School of Law; Professor Kevin Govern, Ave Maria School of Law; Professor Elizabeth Ludwin King, University of Denver, Sturm College of Law; Professor David Ritchie, Mercer University Law School; Professor Ronald Rychlak, The University of Mississippi School of Law; Professor Morse Tan, Northern Illinois University College of Law; Professor Russell Weaver, University of Louisville, Louis D. Brandeis School of Law

Thursday, July 30

10:15 AM –
12:00 PM

Congressional Force Authorization: Constitutional Necessity or Nicety?
President Obama’s decision to fight the Islamic State in the Levant (ISIL) renewed longstanding debates about war powers in the U.S. constitutional scheme. The Administration welcomed congressional authorization for its military campaign against ISIL, yet also claimed pre-existing authority based on the 2001 Authorization of Use of Military Force (AUMF) passed in the wake of 9/11, and the 2002 AUMF with respect to Iraq.

A year after the first strikes, this panel will assess the Administration’s actions in the context of the War Powers Act, the 2001 and 2002 AUMFs, any subsequent authorizations, and inherent Article II powers. The panel will address whether congressional authorization for military action against ISIL and/or additional terrorist threats is constitutionally necessary, advisable, or unwise.

Moderator: Professor Kate Shaw, Yeshiva University, Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law

Speakers: Professor Jennifer Daskal, American University, Washington College of Law; Professor Kevin Govern, Ave Maria School of Law; Professor Martin Lederman, Georgetown University Law Center; Professor William Marshall, University of North Carolina School of Law; Professor Andrew Wright, Savannah Law School



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