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Federalist Society For Law & Public Policy Studies

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1015 18th Street Nw Washington DC 20036 USA


The federalist society exists to promote the principles that the state exists to preserve freedom, the separation of powers is central to our constitution, and that it is the duty of the judiciary to say what the law is, not what it should be.


Student activates: the student division is the cornerstone of the society's efforts, and we maintain student chapters at nearly every aba-accredited law school in the country. Each chapter is committed to sparking discussion of critical issues through provocative, high-quality lectures and debates featuring conservative and libertarian legal thought. The student chapters host more than 1,400 events each academic year.

practice activities: the 15 practice groups and their more than 80 subcommittees offer a mechanism by which lawyers can become more involved in their communities and apply classical liberal ideas within a number of specialized fields of law. The practice groups currently host more than 100 teleforum programs per year, which connect hundreds of our members with legal experts analyzing a recent, noteworthy case.

external affairs: in the fall of 2006, the federalist society launched the state courts project, now known as external affairs. This initiative is designed to spark robust public debate about the role of the state supreme courts as well as to motivate opinion leaders, the press, and the general public to be more informed about and interested in issues of judicial selection. The state courts project has expanded substantially since its launch, and the federalist society is now creating unprecedented levels of thoughtful public debate about the role of the state supreme courts.

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