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October 13, 2004

Event/Press Contact: Professor Lynn Blais, (512) 232-1334 or

Panel on the 2004 Election and the Future of Judicial Nominations

WHAT: Panel on the 2004 Election and the Future of Judicial Nominations
WHEN: Friday, October 15, 3:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
WHERE: The Sheffield Room, Townes Hall (TNH), UT Austin School of Law.
WHO: The conference is free, open to the public and the University community.

AUSTIN, Texas — The American Constitution Society at The University of Texas at Austin School of Law has organized a panel to discuss the 2004 election and the future of judicial nominations. Panelists include UT Law Professors Douglas Laycock, Sanford Levinson, and Ernest Young, as well as Notre Dame Law School Professor Anthony J. Bellia. The panel will be moderated by UT Law Professor Jordan Steiker.

Refreshments will be served following the event.

About the Panelists:

Anthony J. Bellia, Associate Professor of Law at Notre Dame Law School, teaches and researches in the areas of federal courts, federalism, and contracts. Prior to joining the faculty in 2000, Professor Bellia practiced law as an associate with Miller, Cassidy, Larroca & Lewin in Washington, D.C., litigating First Amendment, death penalty, contract, and employment cases in state and federal courts. He also clerked for Associate Justice Antonin Scalia of the Supreme Court of the United States, Judge Diarmuid F. O’Scannlain of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, and Judge William M. Skretny of the United States District Court for the Western District of New York.Professor Bellia earned his J.D. summa cum laude in 1994 from the Notre Dame Law School.

Douglas Laycock, the Alice McKean Young Regents Chair in Law and Associate Dean for Research at UT Law, is generally considered to be the nation's leading authority on the law of remedies and one of its two leading scholars on the law of religious liberty. He testifies frequently before Congress about issues of religious liberty, and has argued many cases in the courts, including the U.S. Supreme Court. He is author of the leading casebook on Modern American Remedies: Cases and Materials (Aspen, 3d ed. 2002); the award-winning monograph, The Death of the Irreparable Injury Rule (Oxford, 1991); and many articles in Harvard Law Review, Columbia Law Review, Supreme Court Review, and elsewhere. He is a member of the Council of the American Law Institute and an elected fellow of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences.

Sanford Levinson, the W. St. John Garwood and W. St. John Garwood, Jr. Centennial Chair in Law and Professor of Government at UT Law, is an internationally eminent scholar of constitutional law. Professor Levinson also teaches and writes about professional responsibility, jurisprudence, and political theory. He is author of Constitutional Faith (Princeton, 1988) and Written in Stone (Duke, 1998), and editor or co-editor of Constitutional Stupidities, Constitutional Tragedies (NYU, 1998), Responding to Imperfection: The Theory and Practice of Constitutional Amendment (Princeton, 1995) and Interpreting Law & Literature: A Hermeneutic Reader (Northwestern, 1988). His many articles have appeared in Yale Law Journal, Constitutional Commentary, Ethics, Philosophy & Public Affairs and elsewhere. His articles include "The Canons of Constitutional Law" (Harvard Law Review, 1998). He is currently working (with Paul Brest, Akhil Amar, and J. M. Balkin) on the fourth edition of their popular casebook Processes of Constitutional Decisionmaking (Aspen, forthcoming).

Jordan Steiker, the Cooper H. Ragan Regents Professor in Law at UT Law, joined the faculty in 1990 after serving as a law clerk to Justice Thurgood Marshall of the United States Supreme Court. He teaches constitutional law, criminal law, and death penalty law, and works with the law school's Capital Punishment Clinic. He has written extensively on constitutional law, federal habeas corpus, and the death penalty. Some of his recent publications include Habeas Exceptionalism, (Texas Law Review, 2000), Restructuring Post-Conviction Review of Federal Claims Raised by State Prisoners: Confronting the New Face of Excessive Proceduralism, (Chicago Legal Forum, 1998); The Limits of Legal Language: Decisionmaking in Capital Cases (Michigan Law Review, 1996); and Sober Second Thoughts: Reflections on Two Decades of Constitutional Regulation of Capital Punishment, (Harvard Law Review, 1995) (with Carol Steiker).

Ernest Young, the Judge Benjamin Harrison Powell Professorship in Law at UT Law, teaches Constitutional Law I, Federal Courts, and Foreign Affairs and the Constitution, and also serves as a Faculty Clerkship Advisor and Advisor to the Texas Law Review. In 2004, he won the Texas Exes Teaching Excellence Award; he also received the Robert Murff Excellence Award in 2002 (with Tony Reese) from the Texas Campus Career Council for service as student clerkship advisor. A native of Abilene, Texas, Professor Young joined the UT faculty in 1999 after a year as Visiting Assistant Professor at Villanova University School of Law. He clerked for the Hon. Michael Boudin of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit and then for U.S. Supreme Court Justice David Souter. He also practiced law with Cohan, Simpson, Cowlishaw & Wulff in Dallas and Covington & Burling in Washington, DC. Professor Young is a Visiting Professor of Law at Harvard Law School for the 2004-05 academic year.

About the American Constitution Society:
Founded in 2001, the UT Chapter of the American Constitution Society for Law and Policy (ACS) is one of the Law School's newest student organizations. ACS is a national organization of law students, law professors, judges, and practicing attorneys who seek to restore the fundamental principles of respect for human dignity, protection of individual rights and liberties, genuine equality, and access to justice to their rightful place in American law. ACS hosts debates, panel discussions, guest speakers, and a brown bag lunch series.

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