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Four Mason Law Professors Speak at National Student Symposium

Mason Law Professors Nelson Lund, Jeremy Rabkin, Neomi Rao, and Todd Zywicki appeared as panelists at the annual Federalist Society Student Symposium, held this year at the University of Virginia School of Law and the Boar’s Head Inn, Charlottesville, Virginia, on February 25 and 26. Associate Justice Clarence Thomas of the U.S. Supreme Court gave the keynote address for those assembled.

The symposium is sponsored each year by a student chapter of the Federalist Society in an American law school and attracts leading conservative and libertarian scholars, judges, and attorneys from across the nation.

On Friday, February 25, Lund appeared on a panel to discuss “Economic Theory, Civic Virtue, and the Meaning of the Constitution.” He was joined by Professors James Ely of Vanderbilt University Law School and Renee Lettow Lerner of George Washington University Law School. Moderator for the panel was Judge J. Harvey Wilkinson III, U.S. 4th Circuit Court of Appeals.

The following day Rabkin and Rao took part in a discussion of “The Welfare State and American Exceptionalism,” together with Professors Michael Heller of Columbia Law School and William P. Marshall of the University of North Carolina School of Law. The panel was moderated by Judge Brett Kavanaugh, U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit.

Later that day Zywicki contributed to a panel on “Economic Uncertainty and the Role of the Courts.” Joining him in discussion were Professors Paul G. Mahoney and Paul Stephan of the University of Virginia School of Law. Judge Diane Sykes, U.S. 7th Court of Appeals, appeared as moderator of the event.