University of Wisconsin–Madison

Wisconsin Discussion Group on Constitutionalism

Faculty Workshop -- November 1-2, 2013

General Information

About this Workshop Series: This workshop, hosted over the years by Associate Dean Heinz Klug and Associate Professor Andrew Coan at the Law School and Associate Professor Howard Schweber in the Political Science Department, 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 fifth year that a meeting of the Discussion Group is being held at Wisconsin.

The Theme for 2013: "Federalism in Flux: The United States and Beyond" 

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, Nov. 1st and continuing all day Saturday, Nov. 2nd.

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.


Guest Professors: Jenna Bednar (University of Michigan), Erin Delaney (Northwestern University Law School), Heather Gerken (Yale Law School), Mark Graber (University of Maryland), Alison LaCroix (University of Chicago Law School), Gerard Magliocca (Indiana University-Indianapolis Law School), Robert Mikos (Vanderbilt Law School) and Emily Zackin (formerly Hunter College; as of Fall 2013, Johns Hopkins University).

University of Wisconsin Faculty: Andrew Coan, Donald Downs, Shubha Ghosh, Heinz Klug, David S. Schwartz, Howard Schweber and Mark Sidel.

Admission Tickets

Ticket Required in October: 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. Tickets are due by Monday, October 21st. We will post them on a secure page linked to the workshop website so that participants will have access to the tickets prior to the meeting.

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

Program Information

Link to Program  Posted 10/28/13 

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.
     As of October 28th, tickets from the following people have been uploaded to this site: Bednar, Coan, Delaney, Gerken, Graber, LaCroix, Magliocca, Mikos, Schwartz, Schweber, and Zackin.


Hotel Block -- Release date October 1st: Lowell Inn and Conference Center, 610 Langdon Street. To reserve online, paste this event-specific URL into your browser window:  To reserve via phone, call toll free (866) 301-1753 and request a room under group code UWLAW. 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 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 Andrew Coan.
For questions about logistics or the content of this page, please contact Pam Hollenhorst.

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