WLR Fall Symposium 2016: “Modern Federal Judicial Selection”

Wisconsin Law Review Symposium

October 14, 2016

Symposium: Modern Federal Judicial Selection

WLR is proud to present its 2016 Symposium. We look forward to seeing you there. Please find the symposium’s schedule below. The Symposium will take place from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. in Room 2260 at the Law School. Please register for the event here.

Symposium Schedule:

Friday, October 14, 2016

8:30-9:00 am       Continental Breakfast

9:00-9:15 am       Welcome

                               Professor Carl Tobias, University of Richmond Law School

                               Associate Dean Susannah Tahk, University of Wisconsin Law School

9:15-10:45 am       Panel 1 – History of Selection

                               Moderator: Professor Carl Tobias

                               Professor Josh Chafetz, Cornell Law School

                               Professor Michael Gerhardt, University of North Carolina School of Law

                               Professor Richard Painter, University of Minnesota Law School

10:45-11:00 am      Break

11:00 am-noon       Keynote Speaker – Attorney Kristine Lucius, Chief Counsel, Senate Judiciary Committee

Noon-1:30 pm       Lunch

1:30-3:00 pm       Panel 2 – The Role of the Branches of Government

                               Moderator: Professor Asifa Quraishi-Landes,University of Wisconsin Law School

                               Professor David Fontana, George Washington University School of Law

                               Professor Linda Greene,University of Wisconsin Law School

                               Professor Carl Tobias

3:00-3:15       Break

3:15-4:45 pm       Panel 3 – Diversity / Future of Selection

                               Moderator:  Professor Carl Tobias

                               Associate Dean Theresa Beiner, University of Arkansas School of Law

                               Professor Sylvia Lazos, University of Nevada Las Vegas School of Law

                               Professor Sara Schiavoni, John Carroll University, Political Science Department

                               Professor Maya Sen, Harvard University, John F. Kennedy School of Government

4:45-5:00 pm       Closing Remarks


September 12, 2016

Wisconsin Law Review Symposium

October 14, 2016

Symposium: Modern Federal Judicial Selection


The Wisconsin Law Review; the WLR Symposium Editors; and collaborating professor Carl Tobias, University of Richmond, are pleased to present the WLR Fall 2016 Symposium, Modern Federal Judicial Selection. We are thrilled to announce that the keynote speaker will be Kristine Lucius, Senator Leahy’s Chief Counsel and Staff Director on the Senate Judiciary Committee.

Accusations, recriminations, paybacks, and partisan disputes have plagued federal judicial selection and have worsened during the Obama Administration, as manifested by the recent, unprecedented standoff over filling Justice Scalia’s vacancy. This symposium assembles a broad spectrum of judges, scholars, and public officials to evaluate the modern federal judicial selection process. It explores important aspects of the contemporary process, including diversity and the roles of the branches of government during the selection process. This symposium will discuss the history of the selection process, the role of diversity in selection, and suggest future improvements.

The Wisconsin Law Review looks forward to continuing its tradition of engaging in diverse symposium topics. We hope to see you there.


Lyndsey Bley and Sean Znachko, Symposium Editors