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Tuesday, December 22, 2009

2010 AALS Annual Meeting

I'm looking forward to attending the 2010 AALS Annual Meeting, my first, which is being held in New Orleans from January 6-10. 

The AALS has assembled a terrific program. There are so many panels I can't count them all! 

Having done a first-pass through the program, several offerings caught my eye. Here are just a few of them:

  1. New Law Professors panel assembled from a call for papers on transformative law;
  2. Law and Interpretation panel, featuring a wonderful cast that includes one of my favorite law/politics scholars, Keith Bybee;
  3. National Security Law panel, involving PrawfsBlawgger (and my schoolmate) Steve Vladeck; and
  4. Constitutional Law panel on the distinction between "constitutional interpretation" and "constitutional construction," with a superstar group of scholars: Amy BarrettIan BartrumMichell Berman, Laura Cisneros, PrawfsBlawgger Rick Hills, Larry Solum, and Keith Whittington.

I wonder which panels, workshops, and activities other Prawfs are looking forward to attendingit being understood, of course, that the PrawfsBlawg happy hour is an event not to be missed?

See you in NOLA! (?)

Posted by Richard Albert on December 22, 2009 at 04:52 PM in Life of Law Schools | Permalink

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Since Richard's too modest to do so, I hasten to add that he'll be moderating an intriguing "hot topics" panel on Friday morning:

Friday, January 8, 2010

8:30 -10:15 am
Jefferson, 3rd floor, Hilton New Orleans Riverside

The Constitutional Politics of Presidential Czar Appointments

Moderator:
Richard Albert, Boston College Law School

Speakers:
Erwin Chemerinsky, University of California, Irvine Donald Bren School of Law
Michael J. Gerhardt, University of North Carolina School of Law
Tuan N. Samahon, Villanova University School of Law
Peter L. Strauss, Columbia University School of Law

The presidential practice of appointing "czars" without the advice and consent of the Senate has recently become the topic of hearings in the United States Congress, the subject of headlines in major newspapers, and the focus of public discussion on whether the current administration has overstepped the bounds of its constitutional authority. The escalating controversy arises from the considerable power and influence that czars often wield within the executive branch despite not being subject either to Senate confirmation or, in some cases, to any congressional oversight at all. This panel will explore the constitutional politics of presidential czar appointments, with particular consideration to the theory of separation of powers, the scope of executive authority, the purpose of Senate confirmation, and the role of presidential advisors in the administrative management of the state.

Posted by: Joseph Blocher | Dec 22, 2009 8:54:34 PM

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