The COVID-19 pandemic is coming to an end, and the Federalist Society is starting to get back to normal. That means more in-person events are in planning, especially the upcoming National Lawyers Convention (save the date!). As you’ll see in this issue, we have already begun holding some inperson events in states that have opened up, albeit with decidedly pandemicera precautions such as masks and social distancing. But if we must wear masks, they will surely bear the profile of James Madison! As always, our live panels were filled with engaging debate and discussion of legal ideas, and attendees were able to reconnect after a long year before and after events.

We have continued to be active in online programming as well, and that is one pandemic-induced innovation that is not going anywhere! Our webinars, teleforum calls, and publications have attracted record numbers of viewers, listeners, and readers, so it’s become increasingly clear that there is a big appetite for Fed Soc ideas among those who may not be able to get time off to attend events. Please visit or to watch panels you’ve missed or listen to podcasts and read articles. And please plan to attend the 2021 NLC, which will be back at the Mayflower Hotel November 11-13!

Our Student and Lawyers Chapters have been working hard, and they’ve hosted some wonderful events over the past few months, including the annual National Student Symposium and in-person state conferences in Texas, Florida, and Ohio. The Faculty Division gave Prof. Aaron Nielson the 2021 Joseph Story Award, and you can read about this excellent young scholar in this issue. Our Digital, RTP, and Article I teams are releasing new videos and podcasts all the time, all of which are worth checking out. Visit to watch and listen, or connect via social media.

We hope you enjoy this issue of the Federalist Paper. Please send any comments to us at [email protected]. We look forward to hearing from you, and to seeing you at the NLC! 

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