2015 Fall Speaker Event

Stop and frisk, september 28

Stop and frisk policies have been dismantled in a number of American cities, but their aftereffects are still felt in black communities. This panel addressed the civil rights implications of stop and frisk policies and how law enforcement can be receptive to the needs of the communities they serve. The panel included representatives from both law enforcement and the civil rights community and will be a constructive dialogue as to how police can engage in effective but respectful enforcement that empowers the communities they are supposed to serve.

Moderator: Professor Dennis Fitzpatrick, GMU School of Law

Jason Downs,
Murphy, Falcon & Murphy

Chairman Delroy Burton,
DC Police Union

Jonathan Blanks,
Cato Institute

Paul Larkin,
Heritage Foundation

Professor Craig Lerner,
GMU School of Law

2013 Spring Symposium

The Place of Guns in a Free Society, April 3

The George Mason University Civil Rights Law Journal presented a symposium entitled, The Place of Guns in a Free Society on April 3, 2013 from 5:00pm to 6:30pm, at George Mason University School of Law’s Founders Hall Auditorium

The tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School has sparked a nation-wide debate about the place of guns in a free society. On one side have been
those who have called for intensified background checks, assault weapon bans, and bans on certain types of ammunition holders. Such proposals from local and federal legislatures have sparked an equally intense reaction from gun owners in the United States as well as groups such as the National Rifle Association. These groups argue that further restrictions on gun ownership will not solve the problem of violence in the United States.

In many cases, the two sides have spoken past one another. When it comes to the legislation now making its way through Congress, one question that has gone largely unanswered is, “is it legal?” The George Mason Civil Rights Law Journal has assembled a panel of scholars and practitioners on both sides of the question on gun regulation. The panel gave an in depth discussion of the Heller (2008) andMcDonald (2010) Supreme Court opinions. In addition, speakers looked to lower federal courts and state courts to determine the scope of the Supreme Court’s jurisprudence on the subject. Finally, the panel examined recently proposed legislation and drew conclusions as to their constitutionality and the likelihood that such legislation will be upheld in our nation’s courts.

For a more complete summary and analysis of the symposium, please visit the CRLJ Blog’s Summary and Thoughts on 2nd Amendment Symposium.

Symposium Speakers included:

Joshua Horwitz, Coalition to Stop Gun Violence,
Executive Director

Jon Lowy, Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence,
Director of the Legal Action Project

Nelson Lund, George Mason University School of Law,
Patrick Henry Professor of Constitutional Law and the Second Amendment

Clark Neily, Institute for Justice,
Senior Attorney

1.5 Virginia CLE credits were provided at a cost of $20 for GMUSL alumni, free for GMUSL faculty, and $40 for other practictioners. Those wishing to obtain CLE credits did not need to pre-register for the event.

The event was free for students and all those not seeking CLE credit.