Live Online Conference

19th Annual Constitution Day

The Supreme Court: Past and Prologue
A Look at the 2019 and 2020 Terms

September 17, 2020 10:45 AM to 5:30 PM EDT

Live Online

Cato’s annual Constitution Day symposium marks the day in 1787 that the Constitutional Convention finished drafting the U.S. Constitution. We celebrate that event each year with the release of the new issue of the Cato Supreme Court Review and with a day‐​long symposium featuring noted scholars discussing the recently concluded Supreme Court term and the important cases coming up.

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10:45 - 11:00AM

Welcoming Remarks

Ilya Shapiro, Director, Robert A. Levy Center for Constitutional Studies, Cato Institute


Trevor Burrus, Research Fellow, Robert A. Levy Center for Constitutional Studies, Cato Institute

11:00AM - 12:00PM

Panel I: Executive Branch and Constitutional Structure

Jonathan H. Adler, Johan Verheij Memorial Professor of Law, Case Western Reserve University School of Law
Ilan Wurman, Associate Professor, Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law, Arizona State University
Peter S. Margulies, Professor of Law, Roger Williams University School of Law
Moderated by Trevor Burrus, Editor in Chief, Cato Supreme Court Review

12:00 - 1:00PM


1:00 - 2:00PM

Panel II: Criminal Law and Accountability

Paul J. Larkin Jr., the John, Barbara, and Victoria Rumpel Senior Legal Research Fellow, Heritage Foundation
Jay Schweikert, Policy Analyst, Cato Institute
Nick Mosvick, Senior Fellow for Constitutional Content, National Constitution Center
Moderated by Clark Neily, Vice President for Criminal Justice, Cato Institute

2:00 - 2:15PM


2:15 - 3:15PM

Panel III: Potpourri

Keith E. Whittington, William Nelson Cromwell Professor of Politics, Princeton University
Robin Fretwell Wilson, Roger and Stephany Joslin Professor of Law, College of Law, University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign
Clint Bolick, Associate Justice, Arizona Supreme Court
Moderated by Will Yeatman, Research Fellow, Cato Institute

3:15 - 3:30PM


3:30 - 4:30PM

Panel IV: Looking Ahead: October Term 2020

Anastasia Boden, Senior Attorney, Pacific Legal Foundation
Tom Goldstein, Partner, Goldstein & Russell, P.C.
Kimberly Robinson, Supreme Court Reporter, Bloomberg Law
Moderated by Trevor Burrus, Editor in Chief, Cato Supreme Court Review

4:30 - 5:30PM

Annual B. Kenneth Simon Lecture: “Flunking the Founding: Civic Illiteracy and the Rule of Law”

Don Willett, Judge, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit