"[Benjamin Franklin,] looking towards the Presidents Chair, at the back of which a rising sun happened to be painted, observed to a few members near him, that Painters had found it difficult to distinguish in their art a rising from a setting sun. I have said he, often and often in the course of the Session, and the vicisitudes of my hopes and fears as to its issue, looked at that behind the President without being able to tell whether it was rising or setting: But now at length I have the happiness to know that it is a rising and not a setting Sun.
The Constitution being signed . . . the Convention dissolved itself by an Adjournment sine die."
James Madison, Notes of Debates in the Federal Convention of 1787, September 17, 1787
Archives of Past Events (Spring 2010 and earlier)
Events from the Past Year
Privacy, Democracy & Elections
A William & Mary Bill of Rights Journal Symposium
Friday, October 22, 2010
IBRL’s Privacy, Democracy & Elections Symposium, to take place on October 22, 2010 at the William & Mary School of Law, is designed to bring privacy and election law scholars together to explore the intersection between privacy and the vote. Recent events have added great texture to this topic. Should political petition signing enjoy privacy protection? This question is currently before the Supreme Court (Doe v. Reed). What about cameras at polling places? The push for access to individual voting histories? What is the impact of the modern Information Age on the electoral process?
Participants at the conference—top political scientists, election law scholars, and computer scientists—will examine topics such as Internet voting and privacy; campaign finance privacy; behavioral advertising and political campaigns; and the problem of secret ballots and recounts. Noted election law scholars like Ned Foley of Moritz and Richard Briffault of Columbia will collaborate in this day-long conference with accomplished privacy experts like Chris Hoofnagle of Berkeley Law and Danielle Citron of the University of Maryland School of Law and many others.
A Debate on Constitutional Originalism
Monday, September 13, 2010
Michael Klarman, Harvard Law School
Alan Meese, William & Mary Law School
Professors Klarman and Meese will debate the virtues and vices of originalism as a method of constitutional interpretation.See story