Federalist Society Panel on “Deliberation, Coercion, and the Search for Truth”

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Recent incidents at several law schools have raised concerns about civility and respect for opposing views. Many law schools have expressed their commitment to “fostering an environment that values ​​the free expression of ideas” and “consequences” for disruptive behavior, including Yale Law School. But are existing policies and practices effectively implemented and get the job done? Are law schools creating an environment that encourages free discussion of ideas?

Do law schools owe their students the foundation of civility, a practice sanctioned by bar associations across the country? Does the tolerance of disruptive behavior and bullying conflict with this school’s commitment to fostering an environment that supports free expression? If law schools fail to teach students to engage respectfully with one another, or to appreciate different perspectives on important questions, where will students learn? Has tolerance for ideological coercion on campus turned law schools into an informal training ground for future bad behavior that bar associations and courts must police?

Our experts address these and other important issues related to the role of law schools in promoting civility, a practice that future lawyers will be expected to employ.


– Paul Clement, Partner, Clement & Murphy, PLLC.
– Jay Edelson, Founder & CEO, Edelson PC.
– David Latt, Founder, Original Justice Department.
– Professor Renee Leto Lerner, Donald Philip Rothschild Research Professor, George Washington University Law School.
– Professor Eugene Volokh, Gary T. Schwartz Distinguished Professor of Law, UCLA School of Law.
– Moderator: Hon. James C. Ho, Judge, United States Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit.