UF Law Federalist Society Chapter to host National Student Symposium
GAINESVILLE, Fla. – The University of Florida Levin College of Law’s Federalist Society Student Chapter will host the 33rd Federalist Society National Student Symposium, March 7-8 at UF’s J. Wayne Reitz Union. With only one exception in the last 32 years, the student conference has been hosted by a law school ranked in the top 15 in the nation.
The Federalist Society Student Symposium attracts hundreds of law students, lawyers, judges, and policy experts from across the country each year, and with more than 400 already registered, this installment should be no different. The conference, titled “Security vs. Freedom: Contemporary Controversies,” will address contemporary issues in the perennial debate concerning where to draw lines among security, freedom and privacy.
“Hosting this prestigious event is a great honor for our chapter,” said Devon Westhill, UF chapter president and chairman of the symposium. “We are indebted to the past leaders of the UF chapter, our dedicated faculty adviser Steven Willis, our supportive administration, and the financial support from alumni and friends such as the James Madison Institute for helping to make this possible. This honor demonstrates the University of Florida’s position as a preeminent national institution.”
Americans have been embroiled in debate regarding the boundaries between the freedom that defines us and the safety measures necessary to achieve that freedom. The issue is so divisive that individuals who share a large majority of their core beliefs can be bitter rivals regarding the line drawing in this debate. Now, more than a decade following the 9/11 terrorist attacks, balancing national security and personal freedom seems more challenging than ever.
Prestigious experts from across the country will be participating in the discussion, including federal judges, private practitioners and academics. See the complete list here.
Chairman, Symposium Executive Committee