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

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

- Thomas Jefferson to Charles Yancey, 1816.

IBRL 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
Dunn Program:

November 5 & 6.  Lee Epstein, Washington University in St. Louis
March 20, 2015.  Douglas Laycock, UVA Law School

IBRL Sponsored Symposia:

Friday, February 20, 2015, W&M Law Review Symposiium
Friday, March 20, 2015, W&M Bill of Rights Journal Symposium

Past Events:
  • September 19-20, 2014, 27th Annual Supreme Court Preview
  • March 14, 2014:  Bill of Rights Journal (BORJ) Annual Symposium: Atkins v. Virginia (2002)
  • February 21-22, 2014: The Annual William and Mary Law Review Symposium: "The Contemporary First Amendment: Freedom of Speech, Press, and Assembly"
  • February 14th, 2014: Paul Smith: Challenging Same-Sex Marriage in Virginia
  • February 13th, 2014: Silver Tongue Award and Bushrod Tournament Final
  • September 27-28, 2013: Supreme Court Preview 2013-14