Wisconsin Discussion Group on Constitutionalism

General Information

About this Workshop Series: This workshop, hosted over the years by Professor Heinz Klug, Associate Professor Andrew Coan, and Professor David S. Schwartz 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 eighth year that a meeting of the Discussion Group is being held at Wisconsin.

Host/Program Chair: The 2017 session will be hosted by David S. Schwartz, Foley & Lardner-Bascom Professor of Law, Heinz Klug, Evjue-Bascom Professor in Law, Asifa Quraishi-Landes, Professor of Law, and Anuj Desai, Voss Bascom Professor of Law.

The Topic for 2017: "Returning to the Foundations, or Shaking Them? Constitutional Conventions, Amendments, and Secession Threats"
Read more about the topic

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

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 3:00 p.m. on Friday, October 6th, and continuing all day Saturday, October 7th.

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: Eric Berger (Nebraska College of Law), John Harrison (University of Virginia School of Law), Mark Kende (Drake University Law School), Mark Graber (University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law), Sanford Levinson (University of Texas School of Law), Richard Primus (University of Michigan Law School), Lori Ringhand (University of Georgia School of Law), Matthew Steilen (University at Buffalo School of Law), and Daniel Tokaji (Ohio State University Moritz College of Law)

University of Wisconsin Faculty: Heinz KlugDavid SchwartzAnuj DesaiAlex Huneeus, and Howard Schweber

Admission Tickets

Ticket Required by September 25th: 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 Michelle Preston, Academic Event Coordinator, for posting on the secure website.

Program Information

Link to Program

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.


Hotel Block--Release Date September 5th: Lowell Inn and Conference Center, 610 Langdon Street. To reserve online, paste this event-specific URL into your browser window: http://bit.ly/conslaw06oct.

To reserve via phone, call toll free (866) 301-1753 and request a room under group code CONSLAW. 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

Travel Information

The closest airport is Dane County Regional Airport, although it may be cheaper to fly to Milwaukee or Chicago and take a bus here. The following bus companies service Madison regularly:

Both buses stop in front of the Chazen museum on Univesrity Avenue, and the Lowell Center is about 2 blocks from there.


For questions about the program, please contact Professor David Schwartz or Professor Heinz Klug.
For questions about logistics or the content of this page, please contact Michelle Preston.

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