Institute of Bill of Rights Law

  • Supreme Court Preview 2014
    Supreme Court Preview 2014
    During the Supreme Court Preview's opening Moot Court session, the court heard arguments from Michael A. Scodro of Jenner & Block, regarding the upcoming case, {em}King v. Sebelius{/em}.
    Photo by David F. Morrill
  • Supreme Court Preview 2014
    Supreme Court Preview 2014
    Journalist, author, and lawyer Joan Biskupic and W&M Law School's Allison Orr Larsen and Tara Grove served as three of the Supreme Court judges during the Moot Court session.
    Photo by David F. Morrill
  • Supreme Court Preview 2014
    Supreme Court Preview 2014
    Irving Gornstein (Georgetown Law), and Patricia Millett (U.S. Court of Appeals, D.C. Circuit), served on a panel discussing civil rights.
    Photo by David F. Morrill
  • Supreme Court Preview 2014
    Supreme Court Preview 2014
    Andrew Pincus (Mayer Brown, at left), Erwin Chemerinsky (Dean, U Cal, Irvine School of Law), Joan Biskupic (Reuters), and Gregory Garre (Latham & Watkins) took part in a lunchtime breakout session on "Liberalism on the Roberts Court."
    Photo by David F. Morrill
  • Supreme Court Preview 2014
    Supreme Court Preview 2014
    Tim Zick (W&M Law School) and Paul Smith (Jenner & Block) participated in a panel on the First Amendment.
    Photo by David F. Morrill
  • Supreme Court Preview 2014
    Supreme Court Preview 2014
    Neal Katyal (Hogan Lovells), Paul Clement (Bancroft), and Walter Dellinger (O'Melveny & Myers) served on a panel on Congress and the Obama White House.
    Photo by David F. Morrill

“Where the press is free, and every man able to read, all is safe.”

- Thomas Jefferson to Charles Yancey, 1816.

Institute of Bill of Rights Law Mission
The mission of the Institute of Bill of Rights Law (IBRL) is to contribute to the ongoing national dialogue about issues relating to the U.S. Constitution and our Bill of Rights. One of the guiding philosophies of the Institute is the conviction that our collective understanding of constitutional issues is enhanced significantly when experts from diverse disciplines—lawyers, journalists, historians, political scientists, economists, sociologists, and politicians—are brought together for serious discussion and debate. Following this interdisciplinary approach, the Institute provides a forum for airing and debating matters of law and policy as a means of increasing our understanding of important constitutional issues. The Institute has been actively involved in its mission since 1982, when it was founded at the law school.

The Institute performs its functions in a manner consistent with its ties to a professional school and an institution of higher education. It undertakes no lobbying and adopts no partisan political stance.

Upcoming Events:
Supreme Court Preview

September 25th-26th, 2015

This year's panelists bring a combined wealth of knowledge and perspective to the Preview programming. Sixteen of our participants have collectively argued around 400 cases before the Supreme Court, including Same-Sex Marriage and the Affordable Care Act from this past term.  We will also be joined by four  former US Solicitor Generals, three federal court of appeals judges (one retired), and journalists from the New York Times, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, Reuters, and The Los Angeles Times. 


The Preview will begin on Friday, September 25th at 5pm with our Moot Court. This year's case, Friedrichs et al, v. California Teachers Association, et al, will focus on Freedom of Speech in Public Sector Unions. The Preview will continue at 9am on Saturday morning with expert panel sessions focused on the term's most controversial topics, including: the death penalty, abortion, voting rights, and affirmative action. The Preview will conclude at 4pm on Saturday.


The Preview has been approved for 6 CLE credits in the state of Virginia - all attendees will be provided with CLE application materials so that they may obtain the credits.

Learn more about the Preview and Register.