Welcome to the University of Miami chapter of the Federalist Society. The Federalist Society is one of the most active groups on campus, and we look forward to your involvement in our activities.
The Society is the most influential, and arguably the most important, legal organization in American history. It is founded on three principles that: the state exists to preserve freedom; the separation of governmental powers is central to our Constitution; and it is emphatically the province and duty of the judiciary to say what the law is, not what it should be.
We are the best student organization for intelligent discussion of pressing legal and public policy topics. We host debates, lectures, and panel discussions featuring top scholars from UM and around the nation. We bring in the nation’s foremost experts in law and public policy to share their experiences and opinions with you, take your questions, and hear your thoughts and arguments. What’s more, we offer free food for you to enjoy.
In recent years, our events have included debates on voter ID laws, the Arizona immigration law, the Affordable Care Act ("Obamacare"), the death penalty, and the Ground Zero Mosque.
All of our events are open to the entire UM community. We encourage those of differing viewpoints to attend and ask questions. We are part of a national organization of over 40,000 lawyers, law students, and academics dedicated to promoting conservative and libertarian ideas within the legal community. However, we are not a political organization. If you consider yourself to be conservative or libertarian, send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org or sign-up at www.fed-soc.org/membership.
Again, welcome to the University of Miami School of Law. The law is a learned profession, and we pledge to do our part to make this campus an interesting place where ideas are discussed, issues are debated, and where students get to interact with top legal minds from across the country.
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.
Law-Politics and Legal Thought
The Federalist Society
Professor Stephen Halpert
Professor of Law