AALS Hot Topics Panels I Will be Speaking at this Week

For those who may be interested, I will be speaking at two “Hot Topics” panels at this week’s AALS faculty conference, both on Thursday, January 6.

The first will be on “Ideological Diversity and Discrimination in American Law Schools,” along with John McGinnis (Northwestern), Bill Nelson (NYU), James Phillips (UC Berkeley), and panel organizer George Dent (Case Western). It will be held in Room Yosemite C on the ballroom level of the San Francisco Hilton from 8:30 AM to 10:15.

McGinnis, Nelson, and Phillips have all written important articles on the issue of ideological diversity in academia, and I have blogged and written about related issues myself (e.g. here, here, here, and here).

The topic of the second is “The Constitutional Politics of the Tea Party Movement.” I will be joined by co-blogger Randy Barnett (Georgetown), Jared Goldstein (Roger Williams), Sanford Levinson (Texas, Balkinization), Nathaniel Persily (Columbia, Balkinization), and panel organizer Richard Albert (Boston College). Note the presence of numerous legal bloggers on this panel. It will be held from 10:30 AM to 12:15 in Yosemite A, Ballroom Level, also at the Hilton.

Sandy Levinson and I debated some related issues pertaining to constitutional reform here. Sandy also recently issued a challenge to the Volokh Conspiracy that I answered here and here.

Both panels are timely and feature a wide range of viewpoints (as well as a wide range of bloggers). I look forward to seeing some of our readers there.