The American Congress: Legal Implications of Gridlock. Part of the 2012-2013 Notre Dame Forum: A More Perfect Union.
Former U.S. Congressman, Thomas Allen, will serve as the keynote speaker at this symposium hosted by the Notre Dame Law Review. The Symposium will focus broadly on congressional gridlock, exploring various aspects of the issue from partisanship and civility to the utilization of the appropriations process to legislate. We hope to explore these and other facets of the topic against the backdrop of the 2012 election and current congressional inaction. Three panels of legal scholars will present and discuss issues surrounding congressional gridlock and its legal implications.