Judaism and Constitutional Law: People of the Book

At a time in American history when society is confronted by an array of difficult issues, constitutional law can reflect our most profound values. DePaul’s Center for Jewish Law & Judaic Studies (JLJS) will host a symposium featuring the nation’s leading constitutional law scholars who will discuss the influence of Jewish identity on their assessments of legal theory and law’s role in society.


8:45 - 9:00 a.m.

Welcome and Introduction

American Jewish Identity: Law vs. Culture
Roberta R. Kwall, Raymond P. Niro Professor of Intellectual Property Law, and Co-Director, Center for Jewish Law & Judaic Studies, DePaul University College of Law

9:00 - 10:45 a.m.

Cultural Connections, Liberal Judaism, and Constitutional Theory

Civil liberties and the "Imaginative Sustenance" of Jewish Culture
Susan A. Bandes, Centennial Distinguished Professor of Law, DePaul University College of Law

The Making of a Libertarian, Contrarian, Nonobservant, but Self-Identified Jew
Randy E. Barnett, Carmack Waterhouse Professor of Legal Theory, Georgetown University Law Center

Jewish Lawyers and the Invention of "Jewish Liberalism" and American Jewishness
William Forbath, Associate Dean for Research and Lloyd M. Bentsen Chair in Law, University of Texas School of Law

Never Forget? Histories of Race, Slavery and The Constitution
Ariela Gross, John B. and Alice R. Sharp Professor of Law and History, University of Southern California Gould School of Law

10:55 a.m. - 12:10 p.m.

Cultural Connections, Traditional Judaism, and Constitutional Theory

A Decalogue of Influences
Jack M Balkin, Knight Professor of Constitutional Law and First Amendment, Yale Law School

Political Theology and the Jewish Question
Noah Feldman, Bemis Professor of Law, Harvard Law School

The "Cultural Approach" to Understanding Extra-Formal Change in Religious and Constitutional Law
Mark D. Rosen, Professor of Law, IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law

12:25 – 2:35 p.m.

Specific Judaic Applications to Constitutional Theory

Judaism, Pluralism, and Constitutional Glare
Perry Dane, Professor, Rutgers University School of Law-Camden

Covenants and Constitutions
David Flatto, Associate Professor of Law, Religion, and History, Penn State Law

Formalism Under Pressure in Jewish Law and Constitutional Law
David L. Franklin, Vice Dean and Associate Professor of Law, DePaul University College of Law

Tradition in Rabbinic and Constitutional Law
Eugene Kontorovich, Professor of Law, Northwestern University School of Law

Constitutional Homiletics
Richard Primus, Professor of Law, The University of Michigan

2:45 - 3:45 p.m.

Anti-Semitism and Constitutional Theory

The Centrality of Being a Jew to my Life as a Scholar/Lawyer
Thomas Kuttner, QC, Professor of Law, University of Windsor

Free Speech, Hate Speech, and Jews
Alexander Tsesis, Professor of Law, Loyola University Chicago School of Law

History and Its Constitution
Laura M. Weinrib, Assistant Professor of Law, University of Chicago Law School

3:50 – 4:50 p.m.

Israel and Constitutional Theory

Israel as an Influence on my Constitutional Thinking
Sandy Levinson, W. St. John Garwood and W. St. John Garwood, Jr. Centennial Chair in Law, University of Texas Law School of Law at Austin

Losers' Constitutionalism (and what has being Jewish got to do with it?)
Frank Michelman, Robert Walmsley University Professor, Emeritus Harvard Law School

4:50 – 5:00 p.m.

Jewish Law Identity and the Practice of Law

Steven H. Resnicoff, Professor of Law and Co-Director, Center for Jewish Law & Judaic Studies, DePaul University College of Law