Symposium on Economic Liberties and State Constitutions

The NYU Journal of Law & Liberty and Institute for Justice invite you to attend this first event of its kind. There has been a tremendous amount of scholarly attention devoted to both state constitutional law and economic liberties over the last few decades. Beginning on the one hand with Justice Brennan’s 1978 Harvard Law Review article State Constitutions and the Protection of Individual Rights, and on the other with Bernard Siegan’s 1980 book Economic Liberties and the Constitution. But, there has been very little attention paid to the intersection of the two, and how state constitutions protect economic liberties.

This symposium will fill that void. It will address how state constitutions have and can be used to protect economic liberties separately from the U.S. Constitution.

Speakers: Keynote address by Hon. Robert S. Smith, formerly of the New York Court of Appeals. Papers by Professor Steven G. Calabresi (Northwestern), Professor James W. Ely, Jr. (Vanderbilt), Professor Richard A. Epstein (NYU), and Dean Daniel B. Rodriguez (Northwestern).

When: Friday, April 10, 2015, 8:15 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Where: Lester Pollack Colloquium Room, Furman Hall, New York University School of Law, 245 Sullivan St., New York, New York.

To Register: Please register via email to or and indicate if staying for lunch afterward. Registration & lunch are free, but space is limited. Reservations on a first-come, first-served basis.

CLE: Application for New York accreditation of this program is currently pending.