Nov. 8 Law Review Symposium to Explore Practical Solutions to Governmental Dysfunction


Symposium organizer Michael Teter says that the Nov. 8 Law Review Symposium will focus on pragmatic solutions to the problems ailing Washington, D.C.

The United States government seems to be in a continual state of dysfunction. Gridlock grips Congress, the Executive Branch fills in the void of congressional lawmaking by acting unilaterally, the judiciary struggles with whether and how to involve itself in this state of affairs, and the States and American people must live with the consequences.  The University of Utah Law Review’s 2013-2014 Symposium titled “Governing the United States in 2020” takes a fresh look at the current state of affairs by examining not just the current challenges facing United States governance, but by focusing on practical solutions to those problems.  Panelists, including public officials, legal scholars, and political scientists, will discuss offer their takes on the present state of American governance, but will propose ways to overcome the problems and make our system more functional by the year 2020.   Jeff Bingaman will deliver the keynote address.

Symposium organizer Michael Teter, Associate Professor of Law at the University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law, elaborates: “With so much attention rightly focused on what is ailing Washington, D.C., it’s fitting to explore ways in which the problems of American governance can be fixed.  The Symposium’s speakers will therefore not only be discussing current difficulties, but will be offering pragmatic ways in which the three branches of government can rise above these concerns by the year 2020.”  

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The Law Review Symposium will begin at 8:00 a.m. in the College of Law’s Sutherland Moot Courtroom and is offered for six hours of free CLE credit (applied for).  The event is free and open to the public, but pre-registration is required for in-person attendance.  The event will also be broadcast live on

In addition to Teter, symposium participants include:

Keynote speaker Jeff Bingaman, Distinguished Fellow, Stanford Law School and former United States Senator.

Barbara Sinclair, Distinguished Research Professor and Professor Emerita of Political Science at UCLA.

John C. Roberts, Professor of Law, DePaul University College of Law

Michael Gerhardt, Samuel Ashe Distinguished Professor in Constitutional Law & Director, Center for Law and Government, UNC School of Law

Holly Fechner,  Adjunct Lecturer in Public Policy, Harvard Kennedy School

 Jon D. Michaels, the Anne Urowsky Visiting Professor of Law at Yale Law School and Professor of Law at the UCLA School of Law

William (Bill) Marshall, the Kenan Professor of Law at the University of North Carolina

Louis Fisher, Scholar in Residence at the Constitution Project

Terri Peretti, Professor of Political Science at Santa Clara University

Jane Schacter, William Nelson Cromwell Professor of Law, Stanford Law School

Justice Christine M. Durham, Utah Supreme Court

Roderick Hills, William T. Comfort, III Professor of Law, NYU Law

David Menefee-Libey, Professor and Chair, Politics Department, Pomona College

Leslie Pollner-Levey, Former Chief Lobbyist, City of Los Angeles