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Bring It On. . .


I can see it now:

“Judge Roberts, are you now, or have you ever been, a member of the Federalist Society?”

It will be interesting to see which Senators will be goaded into this line of questioning about the Federalist Society, a highly respected group of conservative and libertarian lawyers “founded on the principles that the state exists to preserve freedom, that the separation of governmental power 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.” In other words, principles that the vast majority of Americans agree with and admire.

It was founded in 1982 largely in response to the problem that “law schools and the legal profession are strongly dominated by a form of orthodox liberal ideology,”and that these liberal views are largely “taught simultaneously with (and indeed as if they were) the law.”

The Society seeks to promote awareness of the principles of our constitutional system such as “individual liberty, traditional values, and the rule of law.” It sponsors forums to do so all around the country, and to an exceptional degree includes diverse and dissenting points of view, in the interest of healthy intellectual exchange and openness.

I think many people participate in Federalist Society events (and probably forget to pay dues sometimes), are friends of the Society, support it, and help pass the word so that interested law students and young associates in law firms will have exposure to all the excellent educational and professional opportunities it offers.


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