The Floersheimer Center for Constitutional Democracy is a vibrant center for scholarship and events, supporting the functioning of constitutional democracies in the United States and abroad.
About the Center
Established in 2000 through a gift from Dr. Stephen Floersheimer, the Center supports research by scholars and policymakers, hosts speakers and conferences, issues publications and provides financial support for visiting scholars as well as student projects. Topics of particular concern include civil liberties in an age of terrorism, the structures of democratic government and the relationship between church and state.
Every summer, the Center provides research grants for faculty working on projects related to the Center's mission. Recent recipients include Alexander A. Reinert, Michael E. Herz, and David Rudenstine.
Cardozo's constitutional law faculty members, including Michael E. Herz, provide commentary on landmark U.S. Supreme Court cases in the Cardozo Benchmarks video series.
Cardozo Law Review Symposium 2024
- Mar 15
The recent conduct of Supreme Court justices and lawyers acting on behalf of former president Trump has led many to think that something has gone profoundly wrong at the most elite levels of the American legal profession.
At this conference, panelists will discuss the ethics controversies surrounding the Supreme Court, the role of bar discipline in the aftermath of the Trump presidency, and the risks and benefits of using courts to address unlawful conduct by political figures.
The Hon. Daniel Goldman (D-NY), lead counsel in the first House impeachment of Trump, will give the keynote address at 9:30 am, followed by three panels:
I. Ethical Crisis at the Supreme Court? Who Should Respond, and How?
II. Ethical Crisis in the Profession? The Trump Lawyers and their Disciplinary Actions
III. Weaponized Law or Rule of Law? Using the Courts to Address Unlawful Conduct by Political Opponents
Melissa Murray, NYU School of Law
Richard Painter, University of Minnesota Law School
James Sample, Maurice A. Deane School of Law at Hofstra University
Renee Knake Jefferson, University of Houston Law Center
Sung Hui Kim, UCLA School of Law
Rebecca Roiphe, New York Law School
W. Bradley Wendel, Cornell Law School
Deborah Pearlstein, Princeton University
Daniel Richman, Columbia Law School
Mary McCord, Georgetown University Law Center
Robert Howse, NYU School of Law
This is a hybrid event. Zoom information will become available at a later date.
CLE Information: This program of three panels is approved for up to 4.5 transitional/non-transitional New York State CLE credits in the category “Ethics and Professionalism.”To receive CLE credits for a panel, you must attend that part of the program “live.” We cannot award CLE credits for watching a recorded version of any part of this program.
Featured Events (Spring 2023)
The Future of Voting: State Courts, Independent Legislatures and the Court
Featured Events (Spring 2023)
Floersheimer Center: The Supreme Court and New Frontiers in Religious Liberty
Featured Events (Fall 2022)
Why Florida Copied its ‘Don’t Say Gay’ Bill from Hungary & What It Means for Democracy in the U.S. (November 1st, 2022)
The center designates Floersheimer Student Fellows each year. The fellows, who receive a modest stipend, perform legal research, help execute events, and provide other support for the center’s projects.
The center also provides financial support for student activities that are consistent with the center’s overall mission. Cardozo students seeking financial support for an organization or for an individual internship or other project should contact the program's co-directors.
Visitors and Distinguished Fellows
The center invites a small number of Distinguished Fellows to be in residence for two to four weeks during the academic year. Fellows are provided an office, secretarial assistance, travel and living expenses and an honorarium. While at Cardozo, they contribute in such ways as teaching a mini-course, giving a faculty workshop or public lecture, guest teaching another professor’s course, or providing an article to a Cardozo journal. In addition, the center occasionally sponsors a semester-long visit by a prominent constitutional scholar.