Heather Gerken, the J. Skelly Wright Professor of Law at Yale Law School, is a recognized expert in election law and constitutional law, having published in numerous scholarly journals and serving as commentator for national news media outlets, including The New York Times, CNN, NBC News, NPR, The Boston Globe, and the L.A. Times. Professor Gerken’s research centers on questions of applied democratic theory, including the role groups play in a democratic system, the translation of institutional design choices into manageable legal doctrine and the values associated with minority-dominated institutions. Her most recent scholarship explores questions of election reform,


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Friday, September 28th
8:45 AM

Symposium Opening

Rachel Hughes
Tamara Piety

8:45 AM - 9:00 AM

9:00 AM

Panel I pt 1: Federalism - From Here All-the-Way-down, or How to Write a Festschrift Piece

David Schleicher

9:00 AM - 9:30 AM

9:30 AM

Panel I: Federalism pt 2 - Research Agenda for Uncooperative Federalism

Ernest A. Young

9:30 AM - 10:00 AM

10:00 AM

Panel I Questions and Answers

David Schleicher
Ernest A. Young

10:00 AM - 10:15 AM

10:30 AM

Panel II, pt. 1 - Second Order Diversity - Second-Order Diverse in Name Only: Sovereign Authority in Disaggregated Institutions

Franita Tolson

10:30 AM - 11:00 AM

11:00 AM

Panel II pt 2: Dissent and Democracy - Meliorism v. Bomb-Throwing as Techniques of Reform Symposium

Sanford Levinson

11:00 AM - 11:30 AM

11:30 AM

Panel II Questions and Answers

Sanford Levinson

11:30 AM - 11:45 AM

1:30 PM

Panel III pt 1: Dissent and Democracy- Dissent, Diversity, and Democracy: Heather Gerken and the Contingent Imperative of Minority Rule

Guy-Urial Charles

1:30 PM - 2:00 PM

2:00 PM

Panel III pt 2: Dissent & Democracy: Relational Federalism: An Essay in Honor of Heather Gerken

David Fontana

2:00 PM - 2:30 PM

2:30 PM

Panel III pt 3: Dissent & Democracy - Taking Dissenting by Deciding All the Way Down

Ilya Somin

2:30 PM - 3:00 PM

3:00 PM

Panel III Questions and Answers

Ilya Somin
David Fontana
Guy Charles

3:00 PM - 3:15 PM

3:30 PM

Panel IV: Responses from Professor Heather Gerken: Abandoning Bad Ideas and Disregarding Good Ones for the Right Reasons: Reflections on a Festschrift

Heather Gerken

3:30 PM - 4:15 PM