Fall Symposium

An Anomalous Status: Rights and Wrongs in America’s Territories

Thursday, October 27 | 2 – 7 p.m.
Gorman Moot Courtroom, 1-01 (First Floor)
reception to follow sponsored by the
New York State Bar Association

Friday, October 28 | 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Skadden Conference Center (Second Floor)

Fordham Law School
150 West 62nd Street
New York, NY 10023

Live Broadcast Available via Zoom

More than 100 years ago, the Supreme Court issued a series of decisions collectively known as the insular Cases that held that the “half-civilized,” “savage,” “ignorant and lawless” “alien races” that inhabited Puerto Rico, Guam, and other American territories were not entitled to the same constitutional rights and protections afforded to other Americans and were not on the path to full political participation. Though the flawed reasoning of Insular Cases has long since been discredited, federal courts have continued to rely on those cases to issue decisions that result in disparate treatment of Americans residing in territories.  And despite its significant presence throughout American constitutional law, essentially none of the law governing U.S. territories is taught in law school.  This symposium aims to critically examine American territory law and leave attendees with a greater understanding of and appreciation for America’s territories and the legal framework in which they operate. 

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CLE credits are available.

Spring Symposia

Unitary Executive: History, Practice, Predictions

Friday, February 17, 2023

Organized by Professor Jed Shugerman and Professor Ethan Leib of the Fordham University School of Law, as well as Professor Christine Chabot of the Loyola University Chicago School of Law, the symposium will feature panels discussing one of “the oldest and most venerable debates” in administrative and constitutional law: whether the President of the United States is a “unitary executive” with unrestricted power to remove and control the actions of executive officers who run administrative agencies, and with insulation of executive power from the oversight or conditions set by Congress and the judiciary.

Judge Katzmann Immigration Study Group Symposium

March 9th, 2023

Details forthcoming.