Ten Years of Iqbal: Perspectives on Policy, Procedure and Substance


March 15, 2019 - 8:00am to 5:00pm

On May 18, 2009, the Supreme Court announced its 5-4 decision in Ashcroft v. Iqbal, holding that the plaintiffs in that case had not adequately alleged a claim of unconstitutional discrimination against former Attorney General John Ashcroft and then FBI Director Robert Mueller. Iqbal’s influence on pleading doctrine and practice has been debated ever since.

Ten years after the decision, it has been cited in more than 180,000 court opinions and 2,000 law review articles, making it one of the most cited opinions in the history of the United States Supreme Court.

The Cardozo Law Review, and The Floersheimer Center for Constitutional Democracy are pleased to host a symposium reflecting on Iqbal’s impact from a variety of perspectives.

An esteemed group of experts, including the lawyers who argued both sides of the Iqbal case, and leading legal scholars, will examine the decision’s influence on both procedural and substantive law. The conference will examine pleading doctrine, pleading practice, approaches to federal rulemaking and substantive areas of law including national security and civil rights.

The symposium keynote will be given by Arthur R. Miller, Professor at NYU Law, former Bruce Bromley Professor of Law at Harvard Law, and the nation's leading scholar in the field of civil procedure.

To register for the Symposium, click here.

If you are interested in attaining CLE credit, please make sure to register for a CLE Ticket via Eventbrite. 6.0 NY State CLE credits in Areas of Professional Practice (or 1.5 credits per panel) will be offered.

Please direct all questions about the event to the Cardozo Law Review staff at cardozosymposiaeditor@gmail.com.


Confirmed panelists include:

  • Sahar Aziz, Professor of Law and Chancellor's Social Justice Scholar, Rutgers University Law School
  • Stephen B. Burbank, David Berger Professor for the Administration of Justice, University of Pennsylvania Law School
  • Brooke D. Coleman, Professor of Law, Seattle University School of Law
  • Howard Erichson, Professor of Law, Fordham Law School
  • Gregory Garre, Partner and Global Chair of Supreme Court & Appellate Practice, Latham & Watkins LLP; former Solicitor General for the United States
  • Myriam Gilles, Professor of Law and Paul R. Verkuil Chair in Public Law, Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law
  • Olatunde Johnson, Jerome B. Sherman Professor of Law, Columbia Law School
  • Ramzi Kassem, Professor of Law and Co-Director of Immigrant and Non-Citizen Rights Clinic, CUNY School of Law
  • Alexandra D. Lahav, Ellen Ash Peters Professor of Law, University of Connecticut School of Law
  • Rachel Meeropol, Senior Staff Attorney, Center for Constitutional Rights
  • Arthur R. Miller, Professor, NYU School of Law
  • Deborah Pearlstein, Professor and Co-Director, Floersheimer Center for Constitutional Democracy, Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law
  • Alexander Reinert, Professor of Law and Director, Center for Rights and Justice, Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law
  • A. Benjamin Spencer, Justice Thurgood Marshall Distinguished Professor of Law, University of Virginia School of Law
  • Adam Steinman, University Research Professor of Law, Culverhouse Law at University of Alabama


Tentative Schedule:

8:00 - 9:00 a.m. | Breakfast and Registration

9:00 - 9:15 a.m. | Introduction

9:15 -10:30 a.m. | Panel 1: Iqbal, the Court, and the Rulemaking Process

10:45 - 12:00 p.m. | Panel 2: Iqbal’s Impact on Pleading Doctrine

12:00 - 1:30 p.m. | Lunch and Keynote

1:30 - 2:45 p.m. | Panel 3: Iqbal and Substantive Law

3:00 - 4:15 p.m. | Panel 4: Iqbal’s Impact on the Bar

4:15 - 4:30 p.m. | Closing Remarks

4:30 - 5:30 p.m. | Reception