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February 26, 2008

The Texas Journal on Civil Liberties & Civil Rights symposium: “The Roberts Court and the Future of the Fourth Amendment,” March 3, 2008

The Texas Journal on Civil Liberties & Civil Rights will host its annual symposium, “The Roberts Court and the Future of the Fourth Amendment,” on Monday, March 3, 2008. The symposium will address developments in Fourth amendment jurisprudence since the appointment of Chief Justice Roberts, the ramifications of those developments, and what clues those developments may provide as to which direction the Court may take in future.

Beginning with the 2005 term, with the inaugurations of Chief Justice John Roberts and Justice Samuel Alito still fresh, the Court’s newly formed conservative bloc set in motion what promises to be a continuous struggle within the Court for some of the core tenants of the Fourth Amendment. The symposium will explore two aspects of this struggle: the continuing validity and use of the exclusionary rule and the proper balance between personal privacy and autonomy and the State’s competing interest in enforcing the law.

This Symposium will provide an opportunity to better understand the Roberts Court’s Fourth Amendment decisions and the significant impact that they have on the law. It will also provide an opportunity for students interested in pursuing careers in criminal justice or constitutional law to meet lawyers and judges practicing in this area.

The symposium will commence with an address by keynote speaker, Thomas C. Goldstein, at 11:30 a.m. in the Sheffield Room at the University of Texas School of Law.

The Symposium schedule is as follows:

For information regarding media packets for the Symposium, the location of the Sheffield Room or the Eidman Courtroom, or other general questions, please contact the Journal at (512) 232-1278 or Please visit to register for this event. There is no cost to non-CLE participants. 4.75 hours of MCLE credit is available.

Related link: Texas Journal on Civil Liberties & Civil Rights,

Contact: Kirston Fortune, UT Law Communications, (512) 471-7330, or