2002 Annual Student Symposium

Law and Truth

The purpose of our legal system in general and our adversarial system in particular is to ascertain the truth. The American legal system was profoundly influenced by centuries of legal developments and, as a result, sought to combine this search for truth with the assurance that the accused will receive strong protections. Thus one is assumed innocent until proven guilty. In recent years some of these concepts have been questioned a great deal. Truth and its legal significance are the subject of much debate. How important is this search for truth? How ought we to resolve conflicts among safeguards for the accused, a lawyer protecting her client, or other goals of our legal system? 

–Symposium Committee, Yale Law School Federalist Society


Friday, March 1 

7:00 p.m.
Opening Remarks

  • Dean Anthony Kronman, Yale Law School

7:15 p.m.
Panel: Law and Truth: Pre-Modernism, Modernism, and Post Modernism

  • Prof. Jack Balkin, Yale University
  • Prof. Susan Haack, University of Miami
  • Prof. Michael Moore, University of San Diego
  • Prof. Dennis Patterson, Rutgers University
  • Moderator: Prof. Gary Lawson, Boston University

Saturday, March 2

9:00 a.m.
Panel: Originalism and Historical Truth

  • Prof. Rebecca Brown, Vanderbilt University
  • Prof. Randy Barnett, Boston University
  • Prof. John Harrison, University of Virginia
  • Prof. Larry Kramer, New York University
  • Moderator: Hon. Brett Kavanaugh, Associate White House Counsel

11:00 a.m.
Debate: Exclusionary Rules

  • Hon. Guido Calabresi, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
  • Prof. Yale Kamisar, University of Michigan
  • Moderator: Hon. John Walker, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit

1:30 p.m.
Panel: Juries and the Adversary System

  • Prof. Akhil Amar, Yale University
  • Prof. Shari Diamond, Northwestern University
  • Prof. John Langbein, Yale University
  • Prof. Thomas Weigend, University of Cologne
  • Mr. Gerald Walpin, Rosenman Collin LLP
  • Moderator: Prof. Steven Calabresi, Northwestern University

3:45 p.m.
Panel: Roundtable on the Lawyer's Responsibility to the Truth

  • Prof. Albert Alschuler, University of Chicago
  • Hon. Dennis Jacobs, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
  • Prof. Susan Koniak, Boston University
  • Prof. John McGinnis, Cardozo Law School
  • Hon. Theodore Olson, Solicitor General of the United States
  • Prof. William Otis, George Mason University
  • Moderator: Dean Anthony Kronman, Yale University

7:00 p.m.
Banquet: Panel on the Founding of the Federalist Society

  • Prof. Stephen Calabresi, Northwestern University
  • Prof. Gary Lawson, Boston University
  • Hon. Lee Otis, Counsel for the Department of Energy
  • Hon. David McIntosh, Mayer Brown & Platt, former U.S. Congressman
  • Moderator: Prof. George Priest, Yale University