Friday, April 28, 2000, 9:00 a.m-5:00 p.m.
Richard J. Ogilvie Auditorium, Chicago-Kent College of Law, 565 West Adams Street, Chicago, Illinois
Major funding provided by the Joyce Foundation.
This program is free and open to the public. Please register by April 14, 2000 (see below).
“A well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed.”
—Second Amendment to the Constitution of the United States
The federal courts have long accepted a “collective rights” interpretation of the Second Amendment, which holds that citizens have a right to bear arms only within the context of state-regulated militias. Last April, however, in a highly controversial case that may soon reach the Supreme Court, a federal district court declared in United States v. Emerson that the Amendment protects an individual right to possess firearms. Two weeks later, the shootings at Columbine High School returned the issue of gun violence to the center of the nation’s political agenda.
In this symposium, ten leading historians and constitutional scholars will explore what the Second Amendment meant at the time it was adopted, and what it should mean today. Proceedings of the conference will be published this fall in the Chicago-Kent Law Review.
9:00-9:15 Opening Remarks
9:15-9:45 To Hold and Bear Arms: The English Perspective
Lois G. Schwoerer, George Washington University
9:45-10:15 The Second Amendment in Action
Michael A. Bellesiles, Emory University
10:30-11:00 The Second Amendment: The Highest Stage of Originalism
Jack N. Rakove, Stanford University
11:00-11:30 The Second Amendment and the Failure of Originalism
Daniel A. Farber, University of Minnesota
11:30-12:00 Questions for Morning Speakers
12:00-1:30 Lunch (on your own)
1:30-2:00 The Second Amendment: A Study in Obsolescence
H. Richard Uviller, Columbia University, and
William G. Merkel, University of Oxford
2:00-2:30 A Well Regulated Militia: The Original
Understanding of the Second Amendment
Paul Finkelman, University of Tulsa
2:45-3:15 Natural Rights and the Second Amendment
Steven J. Heyman, Chicago-Kent College of Law
3:15-3:45 What, if Anything, Does the Second Amendment Mean
Michael C. Dorf, Columbia University
4:00-4:30 Lost and Found: Researching the Second Amendment
Robert J. Spitzer, SUNY-Cortland
4:30-5:00 Questions for Afternoon Speakers
For more information, to register for the conference on-line, or to request that you be informed when the symposium is published in the Chicago-Kent Law Review, please visit the conference website at the link provided below, or call or email Anna Fulkerson at the address or phone number below.
Chicago-Kent Law Review
Chicago-Kent College of Law
565 W. Adams Street
Phone: (312) 906-5190
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