New Frontiers in Federalism – Session 1: The Changing Tides of Federalism


This first of four sessions on federalism begins with a historical survey as it developed from the Civil War through the 20th Century. It then takes inventory of the novel and daunting federalism challenges that have arisen during the 21st Century, creating great potential for clashes between governmental institutions. In particular, the panel discusses federalism through a civil rights lens, including a discussion of voting rights, and federalism issues raised by the recent litigation over medication abortion.

This series is intended to explore the new federalism landscape for judicial, legislative and administrative agency actions and its implications both for the lives of ordinary Americans and effective governmental responses to these substantive challenges.

Jennifer Rodgers
, Lecturer-in-Law, Columbia Law School, and Legal Analyst, CNN

Erwin Chemerinsky
, Dean and Jesse H. Choper Distinguished Professor of Law, UC Berkeley Law School
Bertrall Ross, Justice Thurgood Marshall Distinguished Professor of Law and Director, Karsh Center for Law and Democracy, University of Virginia Law School
Julie Suk, Professor of Law, Fordham Law School

Sponsoring Committee:
Rule of Law Task Force,  Marcy Kahn, Chair

Co-Sponsoring Committees:
Health Law, Heather Hatcher, Chair
Sex and Law, Farah Diaz-Tello and Iliana Konidaris, Co-Chairs
Election Law, Rachel Harding, Chair
Government Ethics and State Affairs, Ed Murry, Chair
Federal Courts, Richard Hong, Chair
Civil Rights, Kevin Eli Jason and Kathleen Rubenstein, Co-Chairs

Co-Sponsoring Organizations:
Birnbaum Women’s Leadership Network at NYU School of Law
The Brennan Center for Justice


Upcoming Sessions in the Virtual Series:

Session 2: Interstate and Regulatory Clashes: Commerce, Preemption and the Corporate Law
May 17, 2023    6:30 – 8:30 p.m.

Session 3: Abortion and the Chaos of Conflicting Mandates
May 24, 2023   6:00 – 8:30 p.m.