News Briefs: Feb. 10, 2014

Published: February 10th, 2014

Category: News Briefs

Federalist Society hosts national student symposium in March

The University of Florida Federalist Society will host the 2014 Federalist Society National Student Symposium March 7 and 8. 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 event will bring together hundreds of legal and policy experts and law students from across the country. Students are able to meet scholars, network with each other and attend speeches, panels, and debates on pressing law and public policy issues. Scholars who have recently participated in this annual event have included: U.S. Supreme Court Justices Antonin Scalia and Clarence Thomas, U.S. Sens. Ted Cruz and Michael Lee, numerous state and federal judges, law school professors, and legal and public policy experts. The theme for the 2014 symposium is “Security vs. Freedom: Contemporary Controversies.”

Topics include:

  • Balancing Privacy and Security
  • Should We Better Protect Government Secrets and Punish Leaks More Severely?
  • Cybersecurity and the NSA
  • Is the FISA Court Too Secret?
  • Detained Suspected Terrorists: Try in Military Courts or Civilian Courts?
  • Drones and Presidential Authority

Some current participants:

  • Professor Michael Stokes Paulsen – University of St. Thomas Law
  • Hon. Gerald Bard Tjoflat – Judge, 11th Cir. Court of Appeals
  • Mr. Ted Ullyot – Former General Counsel of facebook
  • Judge Michael Mukasey – Former U.S. Attorney General
  • Professor Randy Barnett – Georgetown Law
  • Hon. Charles T. Canady – Justice, Florida Supreme Court
  • Hon. Ricky Polston – Chief Justice, Florida Supreme Court
  • Hon. William Pryor – Judge, 11th Cir. Court of Appeals
  • Professor John Stinneford – University of Florida Law
  • Professor Nadine Strossen – Former and first female President of the ACLU

For more information, visit the event website and RSVP on the society’s Facebook page for updates.

Registration is open to the public and is only $10 for students. $10 covers attendance at all panels, Friday night reception at the President’s House, Saturday breakfast, Saturday lunch, and Saturday reception. The annual Saturday night dinner banquet is only $45 for students and will feature a special keynote address. Students and non-students can both register here. Note: Space at the University President’s House for Friday’s reception is limited to the first 250 registrants. Questions? Email

Mark your calendars for numerous spring events, register now for conferences

The spring semester is a busy time for UF Law and you are invited to join us for these and other exciting events. Check out our events page for more information and for registration links:

  • Feb. 13, 2014: 30th Annual Maguire Competition
  • Feb. 13, 2014: Trayvon Martin, Race Rights and Justice Panel
  • Feb. 19-21, 2014: Inaugural Florida Tax Institute
  • Feb. 20-22, 2014: Public Interest Environmental Conference
  • March 7-8, 2014: Federalist Society hosts national student symposium
  • March 14, 2014: CSRRR Spring Lecture
  • March 14, 2014: Electronic Discovery for the Small and Medium Case
  • March 21, 2014: Dunwody Lecture
  • April 4, 2014: EASLS Sports Law Symposium