Wisconsin Law Review Symposium – Fall 2019

Rationing the Constitution: How Judicial Capacity Shapes Supreme Decision-Making

The Wisconsin Law Review is excited to announce that we have selected a topic for the 2019 Symposium: “Rationing the Constitution: How Judicial Capacity Shapes Supreme Decision-Making.” The Symposium will be chaired by Professor Andrew Coan, Professor of Law at the University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law, who is likewise a former University of Wisconsin Law School faculty member. The Symposium will examine the theories that Professor Coan puts forward in his recent, eponymous book: namely, that institutional capacity limits serve to constrain judicial activism in many of the most important areas of constitutional law.

One of the themes of Professor Coan’s recent work, in his own words, is to “ground constitutional theory more firmly in the institutional and political realities of the American constitutional system. In this sense, it is—very self-consciously—part of the grand ‘law in action’ tradition of the University of Wisconsin.”

We hope to have scholars visiting from schools around the nation and hope you will be able to join us the evening of October 24 and the morning of October 25 for what will be a lively and thought-provoking Symposium. Please do not hesitate to reach out to our Symposium Editors if you have questions.


Nathan Kuenzi, Symposium Editor

Meg Sternitzky, Symposium Editor