Conference on Second Amendment Draws Lawyers, Legislators, Lobbyists

Conference on Second Amendment Draws Lawyers, Legislators, Lobbyists

10/20/2007 | Facebook|Twitter|Email
Date: 10/20/2007


Paul Finkelman, President William McKinley Distinguished Professor of Law and Public Policy and Senior Fellow in the Government Law Center, presented "Firearms, the Militia and Safe Cities: Merging History, Constitutional Law and Public Policy," at Albany Law School on Oct. 18-19. This free event was cosponsored by the Government Law Center of Albany Law School, the Albany Government Law Review and The Ohio State University.

The conference addressed historical issues of the Second Amendment, including the relationship between the right to bear arms and the influence of the militia in early America.

On Thursday, Oct. 18, Sanford Levinson (above left), W. St. John Garwood and W. St. John Garwood Jr. Centennial Chair and Professor of Government at University of Texas at Austin School of Law, delivered the Edward C. Sobota '79 Memorial Lecture on "Arms, Militias and Constitutional Design: Reflections on the American Past and Iraqi Future."

On Friday, Oct. 19, Dennis Wayne Archer, chairman of Dickinson Wright PLLC and former mayor of Detroit, presented the Edwin L. Crawford Memorial Lecture on Municipal Law on "Guns & The City."

In addition, Richard Jay Feldman, president of MLS Communications LLC and former NRA lobbyist, presented "Ricochet: Confessions of a Gun Lobbyist" and released his new book of the same title at the event.

Other presenters included:

  • Matt Bennett, Vice President for Public Affairs, Third Way
  • Carl T. Bogus, Professor of Law, Roger Williams University Law School
  • Brannon P. Denning, Professor of Law, Cumberland Law School, Samford University
  • Leslie F. Goldstein, Judge Hugh M. Morris Professor, University of Delaware
  • Joshua Horwitz, Esq., Executive Director, The Coalition to Stop Gun Violence
  • David Konig, Professor of History and Law at Washington University in St. Louis
  • Timothy D. Lytton, Professor of Law, Albany Law School
  • Robert J. Spitzer, Distinguished Service Professor, Political Science, SUNY Cortland
  • Stephen P. Teret, J.D., M.P.H., Professor and Director of the Center for Law and the Public's Health, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
  • Mark Tushnet, William Nelson Cromwell Professor of Law, Harvard Law School