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Democracy’s Last Line of Defense: Preserving an Independent Judiciary (In-Person Program)

Wednesday, March 13, 2024 - Thursday, March 14, 2024


Opening Reception: March 13, 2024 6:30 – 8 p.m.

Symposium: March 14, 2024 8:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.

The Symposium and a reception the night before will bring together prominent members of the judiciary and the legal profession who are concerned about threats to a fair and impartial judiciary.

This year’s program promises engaging sessions and a keynote address by Akhil Reed Amar, Sterling Professor of Law and Political Science at Yale University. Professor Amar will also be signing copies of his recent book, The Words That Made Us.

Speakers to include:

Karen C. Burgess, Esq.
Principal, Burgess Law PC; President-Elect, International Academy of Trial Lawyers

Hon. Mark Green
Chief Justice, Massachusetts Appeals Court

Hon. Michael Heavican
Chief Justice, Supreme Court of Nebraska

Hon. Geraldine Hines (Ret.)
Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court

Hon. Maureen O’Connor (Ret.)
Chief Justice, Supreme Court of Ohio

Hon. Paul Reiber
Chief Justice, Vermont Supreme Court

Hon. Fredric D. Rutberg (Ret.)
President, Massachusetts Newspapers Publishers Association and President/Publisher, The Berkshire Eagle

Hon. Jeffrey S. Sutton
Chief Judge, U.S. Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit

Session topics to include:

  • The Essential Role of a Free and Independent Media
  • Artificial Intelligence: Resource or Threat to Democracy?
  • The Judiciary and the Bar: Reviving the Bar’s Critical Role in Preserving the Independence of the Judiciary
  • Championing the Rule of Law: The Role of State Constitutions

This symposium is a collaborative venture in the public interest by the organizers and sponsors below. All registration fees and donations will be used exclusively for this event and future symposia by the organizers of this series.


The National Judicial College
Flaschner Judicial Institute
International Academy of Trial Lawyers
Berkeley Law | Civil Justice Research Initiative
Berkeley Law | Berkeley Judicial Institute

Registration is required. Space is limited! Sign up now to confirm your spot. Questions? Feel free to contact us at: programs@flaschner.org.

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Wednesday, March 13, 2024
Thursday, March 14, 2024
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Democracy’s Last Line of Defense: Preserving an Independent Judiciary

Opening Reception and Symposium

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