Bowen to Livestream Symposium

The UALR William H. Bowen School of Law will offer a livestream of the University of Arkansas – Fayetteville School of Law’s symposium, “Cooper’s Shadow: Secession, Nullification and State Rights, Circa 2013.”

The Symposium will be from 1 to 5 p.m. Friday, September 27. At Bowen, the livestream will be aired in Room 505. The Symposium will be free and has been approved for four hours of general continuing legal education credit.

The Symposium will examine current claims that state rights are supreme, nullification a state prerogative, and secession an option worth considering in response to constitutional “wrong turns.”

It will begin with a keynote address by Sanford V. Levinson: “The 21st Century Rediscovery of Nullification and Secession in American Political Rhetoric: Frivolousness Incarnate or Serious Arguments to Be Wrestled With?”

Two panels will follow. The first, moderated by Nate Coulter, will offer a local perspective on these issues provided by two individuals on the front lines in these debates: Morril Harriman, Chief of Staff to Arkansas Governor Mike Beebe; Bob Ballinger, a lawyer who represents the 97th District in the Arkansas House of Representatives; and Max Brantley, Senior Editor of the Arkansas Times.

The second, moderated by Mark Killenbeck, will include four eminent scholars: the Pulitzer Prize winning historian Jack Rakove from Stanford University: philosopher Kit Wellman from Washington University in St. Louis; law professor and political scientist Mark Brandon from Vanderbilt University; and political scientist James Read from the College of St. Benedict.

The Symposium will then conclude with a response by Professor Levinson and general discussion.

See the Symposium Schedule for specific times.

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