Wisconsin Discussion Group on Constitutionalism

"Judicial Supremacy and its Critics" November 21-22, 2014

General Information

About this Workshop Series: This workshop, hosted over the years by Professor Heinz Klug and Associate Professor Andrew Coan at the Law School and Professor Howard Schweber in the Political Science Department and Legal Studies Program, is one of a series of events for a Discussion Group that has been meeting for more than two decades at various law schools. Known informally as a "Schmooze," the workshop provides an opportunity for an informal conversation among constitutional scholars on a topic that is interesting and provocative. This is the sixth year that a meeting of the Discussion Group is being held at Wisconsin.

Host/Program Chair: The 2014 session will be hosted by David S. Schwartz, Foley & Lardner-Bascom Professor of Law.

The Topic for 2014:  "Judicial Supremacy and its Critics"

Who May Attend:  Outside participation is by invitation only. All Wisconsin faculty are eligible to participate and should register in advance with Pam Hollenhorst.

Sponsors: The University of Wisconsin Law School and the Institute for Legal Studies. 

Overview of Timeline:  Sessions will be held in Lubar Commons (Law School room 7200) beginning at 4:00 p.m. on Friday, November 21, and continuing all day Saturday, November 22nd.  

What is Included: Dinner will be provided both nights, as will refreshments and lunch on Saturday. Participants are responsible for arranging their own travel and accommodations.


8 Guest Professors:  Eric Berger (University of Nebraska), Stuart Chinn (University of Oregon), Erin Delaney (Northwestern University), Steven Gardbaum (UCLA), Mark Graber (University of Maryland), Nancy Leong (University of Denver), Lori Ringhand (University of Georgia), and Mila Versteeg (University of Virginia).

8 University of Wisconsin Faculty:  Heinz Klug, Neil Komesar, David S. Schwartz, Howard Schweber, Miriam Seifter, Brad Snyder, Rob Yablon, and Alex Huneeus.

Admission Tickets

Ticket Required by November 6th, 2014:  Invitees traditionally submit a ‘ticket of admission’ in the form of a short paper (10-15 pages) on the discussion group topic. The ticket is more an informal exchange of views than a formal paper. Formal papers are not required. We will post tickets on a secure page linked to the workshop website so that participants will have access to them prior to the meeting.

Submitting a Ticket: Please submit your tickets as email attachments to Professor David Schwartz for program planning and to Pam Hollenhorst, Associate Director, Institute for Legal Studies, for posting on the secure website.

Program Information

Link to Tickets (Access Restricted) Tickets will be posted as they arrive, and participants will receive the log-in and password required to access this site. All tickets have been uploaded.


Hotel Block -- Release date October 20th:  Lowell Inn and Conference Center, 610 Langdon Street. To reserve online, paste this event-specific URL into your browser window: 
http://bit.ly/schmooze21nov   To reserve via phone, call toll free (866) 301-1753 and request a room under group code SCHMOOZE. Breakfast is included with the room; offsite parking is free; there is a small fee for onsite parking, which should be arranged when you make your reservation.

Other Accommodations: If the release date has passed and the above hotel is fully booked, please see this page for other places to stay.

See also Directions and maps


For questions about the program, please contact Professor David Schwartz.
For questions about logistics or the content of this page, please contact Pam Hollenhorst.

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