Institute of Bill of Rights Law

  • Supreme Court Preview 2013
    Supreme Court Preview 2013
    Marci Hamilton of Yeshiva University's Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law argues Town of Greece v. Galloway before the moot court.
  • Supreme Court Preview 2013
    Supreme Court Preview 2013
    Institute of Bill of Rights Law director Neal Devins speaks with panelists at the 2013 Supreme Court Preview.
  • Supreme Court Preview 2013
    Supreme Court Preview 2013
    William & Mary Professor Tara Grove answers an audience question regarding a pending case.
  • Supreme Court Preview 2013
    Supreme Court Preview 2013
    Kannon Shanmugam of Williams & Connolly discusses criminal cases on the upcoming Supreme Court docket.

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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

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.

IBRL Administrative Faculty
  • Director:
    Neal Devins, Goodrich Professor of Law; Professor of Government; Director, Election Law Program  (
  • Assistant Director:
    Rebecca Green, Professor of the Practice of Law; Co-Director, Election Law Program, Assistant Director, CLCT  (
  • Assistant Director:
    Melody Nichols  (