The American Congress: Legal Implications of Gridlock

| By: Kyle Fitzenreiter

Held against the backdrop of current congressional inaction as well as the 2012 election, this event, sponsored by the Notre Dame Law Review, will explore various aspects of congressional gridlock from the appointments process to the use of the appropriations process to legislate.

Date: Friday, November 16, 2012, 8:00AM – 5:00PM
Location: Eck Hall of Law, University of Notre Dame

At a time when political stalemates have become the norm, and mudslinging replaces problem solving, the 2012–2013 Notre Dame Forum, A More Perfect Union: The Future of America’s Democracy challenges us to reflect on ways to bring positive change to our nation’s democratic system, leading to solutions for our nation’s most pressing problems.

Keynote Speaker: Former Representative Thomas Allen (D-ME)

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.

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