Journal of Law and Public Policy

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November 18, 2022

University of St. Thomas School of Law - Minneapolis, MN 
Moot Court Room


Constitutionalism is the idea that government should be limited and that a sphere of autonomy should be open to individuals to pursue their own interests. It is a fundamental characteristic embedded in American democracy claims and a notable source of American legitimacy. Constitutionalism, as a principle, has withstood numerous challenges over the years. It has competed with theories of government such as absolute monarchy, totalitarianism, and authoritarianism. While Constitutionalism is not a new or unique idea in the United States, it is not one without flaws. In recent years, the Supreme Court has prompted a revolution of constitutional thought. From this, a continuing debate has emerged between democracy and autocracy.

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KEYNOTE SPEAKER: Akhil Reed Amar, Sterling Professor Law and Political Science at Yale University


  • Noah Chauvin, Attorney Advisor in the Intelligence Law Division of the Office of the General Counsel at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security
  • Kimberly Breedon, Assistant Professor of Law at Ohio Northern University College of Law
  • Ilaria Di Gioia, Senior Lecturer in Law and Associate Director of the Centre for American Legal Studies at Birmingham City University, UK
  • Cary Nederman, Professor of Political Science at Texas A&M University
  • Ken Pennington, retired Professor of Medieval History
  • Michael Cohen, Research Professor and Faculty Fellow at American University
  • Aaron Walayat, Associate Attorney at Tucker Arensberg, P.C. and Adjunct Professor of Law at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law
  • Brian Tamanaha, Professor Law at the Washington University in St. Louis
  • Jorge Fabra-Zamora, Associate Professor of Law at the University of Buffalo
  • Sanford Levinson, Professor of Law at the University of Texas Law School
  • Telia Mary U. Williams, Assistant Professor of Law at Northern Illinois University
  • Michael Paulsen, University Chair & Professor of Law at the University of St. Thomas
  • Garrett Epps, Professor of Practice at the University of Oregon School of Law and the Legal Affairs Editor of The Washington Monthly
  • Lucas Clover Alcolea, Lecturer at the University of Otago School of Law in New Zealand
  • Jorge Farinacci-Fernos, Visiting Assistant Professor with the University at Buffalo School of Law and Associate Professor at the Interamerican University of Puerto Rico Law School




The Journal of Law and Public Policy (JLPP) is a student-run organization that promotes modern legal thought through analysis of contemporary public policy. It hopes to raise awareness and provide expert thought on timely public policy issues by utilizing several forums, including academically-rigorous symposia, publication of articles, community events, and the like. It welcomes all viewpoints in order to sharpen and improve the public policies of the state and federal governments of the United States of America. By strengthening professional relationships, utilizing practical skills for the workplace, and stimulating scholarly discussion, JLPP seeks to provide students with an opportunity to develop their critical skills and to make a meaningful contribution to legal professionals and American society.

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2022-2023 Leadership
Taylor Daniels
Managing Editor
Olivia Kettleson
Publications Editor
Chasse Thomas
Articles Editor
Samatha Arndt
Symposium Editor
Austin Northagen
Recruitment Chair
Chasse Thomas

Senior Editors

  • Maria Biasin
  • Brooklyn Calain
  • Alicia Johnson
  • Hannah Smith
  • HouPha Vang

Associate Editors

  • Klara Beinhorn
  • Olivea Boyer
  • Hannah Day
  • Malcolm Deisz
  • Sunny Gaughen
  • Maria Golberg
  • Kevin Green
  • Kenya HolderBecker
  • Mohamed Ibrahim
  • Alex Kautza
  • Kirby Li
  • Taylor Nachtigal
  • Ryan Neigbauer
  • Mike Petschl
  • Molly Schwandt
  • Emma Theis
Faculty Advisor
Charles Reid