Brett Kavanaugh, associate counsel to President George W. Bush, will give the keynote speech at a free symposium Saturday, Nov. 2, in Thornton Auditorium, Terrence Murphy Hall, Minneapolis campus,1000 LaSalle Ave.

"The Future of the American Legal System" will feature panel discussions on:

  • Is there a liberal ideological bias in law schools?
  • What is federalism?
  • Can the judiciary be independent?
  • Is truth a casualty of the law?

Participants include:

  • Randy Barnett, Boston University School of Law
  • Mike Ciresi, Robins, Kaplan, Miller & Ciresi, LLP
  • Peter Erlinder, William Mitchell College of Law
  • Neil Hamilton, University of St. Thomas School of Law
  • Erik Kaardal, Mohrman & Kaardal, P.A.
  • Daniel Kleinberger, William Mitchell College of Law
  • Maury Landsman, University of Minnesota Law School
  • James Lindgren, Northwestern University School of Law
  • David McGowan, University of Minnesota Law School
  • David M. McIntosh, Federalist Society– National Co-Chair
  • William Mohrman, Mohrman & Kaardal, P.A.
  • Mary Jane Morrison, Hamline University School of Law
  • Judge Jack Nordby, 4th District Court
  • William Otis, George Mason University School of Law
  • Russell Pannier, William Mitchell College of Law

Moderators will be:

  • Judge Barry Anderson, Minnesota Court of Appeals
  • Judge Catherine Anderson, Hennepin County District Court
  • Ed Anderson, National Arbitration Forum, Managing Director
  • Scott Johnson, TCF Bank

There is no need to preregister. Registration will be held from 8 to 9 a.m. Saturday, followed by the keynote speech from Brett Kavanaugh. Panel discussions will follow the keynote. The symposium, which is sponsored by the University of St. Thomas School of Law, will end at 4 p.m.

Everyone is welcome to attend. Lawyers can receive CLE credits.