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Georgia State University College of Law

The Federalist Society

Our Purpose

Law schools and the legal profession are currently strongly dominated by a form of orthodox liberal ideology which advocates a centralized and uniform society. While some members of the academic community have dissented from these views, by and large they are taught simultaneously with (and indeed as if they were) the law.

The Federalist Society for Law and Public Policy Studies is a group of conservatives and libertarians interested in the current state of the legal order. It is founded on the principles that the state exists to preserve freedom, that the separation of governmental powers is central to our Constitution, and that it is emphatically the province and duty of the judiciary to say what the law is, not what it should be. The Society seeks both to promote an awareness of these principles and to further their application through its activities.

This entails reordering priorities within the legal system to place a premium on individual liberty, traditional values, and the rule of law. It also requires restoring the recognition of the importance of these norms among lawyers, judges, law students and professors. In working to achieve these goals, the Society has created a conservative and libertarian intellectual network that extends to all levels of the legal community.

 

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Description

We are a group of Libertarians and Conservatives (Anyone is welcome to come to meetings though) who are concerned about the direction of the legal field. We believe the state is there to promote freedom, and that there should be a strong separation of powers in government owing to the constitution.
Come join us to discuss, have constructive dialogue, and promote freedom!

Category

Graduate

President Name

Jack Winne

Faculty/Staff Advisor Name

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Basil Mattingly

Faculty/Staff Advisor Email
Organization Purpose Statement

The purpose of the Federalist Society at GSU is to foster critical thought and debate about the application of conservative principles to the law. The Federalist Society at GSU embraces the principle that the state exists to preserve freedom, that the separation of governmental powers is central to the integrity of the Constitution of the United States of America, and that it is emphatically the province and duty of the judiciary to say what the law is and not what it should be. The Federalist Society at GSU seeks to promote an awareness of these principles and to further their application through its activities. This entails reordering priorities within the legal system so as to place a premium on individual liberty, traditional values, and the rule of law. It also entails restoring recognition of these norms among lawyers, judges, students and professors.

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Graduate

Total Organization Members

18

Selection Process

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N/A

Are members required to pay dues to particpate?

No

Meeting Day

TBA

Meeting Time

Afternoons

Meeting Location

85 Park Place

Administrator Use Only
Fee Council this organization belongs to:

Student Bar Association Fee Council