The Floersheimer Center brings speakers to the Law School on a regular basis. Most of these events are free and open to the public. For more information, please inquire by e-mail to or call (212) 790-6700.


Fall 2015

Conversations on the Constitution: A Preview of the 2015-16 Supreme Court Term

September 30, 2015, 12:00 pm


Spring 2014

Privacy, Security, and Secrecy After Snowden
April 2, 2014

Stop-and-Frisk Lawsuits and Lasting Reforms
January 27, 2014


Fall 2013

Conversations on the Constitution: Immigration and the Constitution
November 25, 2013

Law at the End of War: Fighting Terrorism After Afghanistan
October 14, 2013

Conversations on the Constitution: A Preview of the 2013-14 Supreme Court Term
October 7, 2013

Thomas Healy's "The Great Dissent: How Oliver Wendell Holmes Changed His Mind--and Changed the History of Free Speech in America," a discussion with the author
September 23, 2013

Spring 2013


Conversations on the Constitution: "History in the Making: The Supreme Court Tackles Same-Sex Marriage"
April 15, 2013, 12:15 pm

Conversations on the Constitution: "Shelby County v. Holder: Voting Rights and the Supreme Court"
March 4, 2013, 12:15 pm

Richard Hasen's "The Voting Wars: From Florida 2000 to the Next Election Meltdown," a discussion with the author
February 11, 2013, 12:00 pm

Zero Dark Thirty: Law, Film, and the Hunt for Bin Laden
February 11, 2013, 6:00 pm

Shelby County v. Holder: Contemplating the Federal Government's Continuing Role in Protecting Civil Rights in the States
January 29, 2013, 6:00 pm

Fall 2012

Is This Any Way to Pick a President? Understanding the Electoral College
October 29, 2012, 4:00 pm

Conversations on the Constitution: A Preview of the 2012-2013 Supreme Court Term
September 24, 2012, 12:15 pm

Spring 2012

Conversations on the Constitution: Fisher v. University of Texas
March 21, 2012, 12:00 pm

Fall 2011

America's Holy War: Special Documentary Screening and Discussion
November 29, 2011

No Compromise: Does Election Redistricting Debilitate the Legislative Process?
November 22, 2011

Ralph Richard Banks's "Is Marriage for White People? How the African American Marriage Decline Affects Everyone," a discussion with the author
November 1, 2011

Conversations on the Constitution: The 2011-2012 Supreme Court Term
October 5, 2011

American and European Exceptionalism: A Tale of Two Courts
Hon. Andras Sajo, European Court of Human Rights
September 20, 2011

Spring 2011

Turkey Reforming Itself: Constitutional Change and Democratization
April 13, 2011

Chesa Boudin on "From Jail to Yale: Childrens' Personal and Legal Obstacles to a Relationship with their Incarcerated Parents"
April 5, 2011

Left, Right, and the Constitution: Debating the Constitutionality of the Health Care Reform Law
March 29, 2011

Fall 2010

Conversations on the Constitution: "Prop 8, Meet the 14th Amendment: Same-Sex Marriage & the Constitution(s)"
October 13, 2010

Civil Rights in 2010: Debating the New Arizona Criminal and Immigration Law
September 27, 2010

Spring 2010

Conversations on the Constitution: "Is the New Health Care Reform Law Constitutional?"
April 28, 2010

Conversations on the Constitution: "Understanding Citizens United v. FEC"
March 24, 2010

American Exceptionalism and the Relevance of Political Theology in America
February 21, 2010

Legal Limbo? The Meaning of Habeas Corpus for Detainees at Guantanamo Bay – A Panel on Kiyemba v. Obama
Gregory Garre, Latham & Watkins, former US Solicitor General
Vincent Warren, Executive Director, Center for Constitutional Rights
Baher Azmy, Seton Hall Law School
Vijay Padmanabhan, Cardozo School of Law
February 2, 2010

Fall 2009

Coping with Legal Pluralism
Justice Stephen Breyer, U.S. Supreme Court
Prof. Mireille Delmas-Marty, College de France
Prof. Michel Rosenfeld, Cardozo School of Law
Dean Matthew Diller, Cardozo School of Law
November 11, 2009

Inside the Supreme Court: Former Supreme Court Clerks Reveal Some
Professors Richard Bierschbach, Michael Herz, Margaret Lemos, Monroe Price, and Alex Reinert
November 9, 2009

Conversations on the Constitution: "The Cross we Bear: Understanding Salazar v. Buono"
October 20, 2009

Spring 2009

Covering the Roberts Court: A Reporter's Reflections
Adam Liptak, The New York Times
March 18, 2009

Religious Identity as a Challenge to Modern Politics 
Kwame Anthony Appiah, Princeton University
March 12, 2009

Fall 2008

Stanley Fish's Save the World on Your Own Time, a discussion with the author
November 19, 2008

"The Emotional Foundations of Human Rights"
Hon. Andras Sajo, European Court of Human Rights
October 28, 2008

Spring 2008

A Public Discussion: Freedom of Speech in Rwanda
April 30, 2008

Conversations on the Constitution"How Should We Select Presidential Nominees: Reflections From the 2008 Race"
March 26, 2008

Conversations on the Constitution"The Second Amendment and the Right to Bear Arms"
February 27, 2008

Beyond Guantanamo
February 20, 2008

Conversations on the Constitution"The Fourth Amendment in the Age of Terrorism"
February 6, 2008

Fall 2007

Sanford Levinson's Our Undemocratic Constitution, a discussion with the author
November 14, 2007

Less Safe, Less Free: Why America is Losing the War on Terror
November 6, 2007

Conversations on the Constitution: "Constitutional Constraints on Eminent Domain and Economic Development: The Case of the Brooklyn Atlantic Yards Project"
October 31, 2007

Conversations on the Constitution: "Is the Constitution Color Blind?: The Supreme Court's School Assignment Cases"
October 17, 2007

Conversations on the Constitution: The Roberts Court and Stare Decisis
September 19, 2007

Spring 2007

Justice Stephen Breyer & Hon. Guy Canivet, Comparing French and American Judicial Approaches to International Law Constraints
May 16, 2007

Conversations on the Constitution: "Reforming Judicial Elections in New York"
March 7, 2007

My Time as Chief Judge: A Conversation with Judge Harry Edwards
February 22, 2007

Conversations on the Constitution: "Same-Sex Marriage in the State Courts"
February 14, 2007

Conversations on the Constitution: "Can Congress End the War in Iraq?"
January 24, 2007

Fall 2006

Conversations on the Constitution: "The Supreme Court's Partial Birth Abortion Cases"
November 8, 2006

Conversations on the Constitution: "The Supreme Court and Democracy: Recent Cases"
October 18, 2006

Kenji Yoshino's Covering, a discussion with the author
October 11, 2006

Conversations on the Constitution: "The War on Terror After Hamdan"
September 18, 2006

Spring 2006

Conversations on the Constitution: "The Jurisprudence of Sandra Day O'Connor"
April 26, 2006

Conversations on the Constitution: "Hesitant Judges, Bare-Knuckle Politics, and Elusive Standards: The Texas Gerrymandering Cases"
March 29, 2006

Conversations on the Constitution: "Presidential Powers and the War on Terror"
February 27, 2006

Senator Feingold on Surveillance and the War on Terror
January 29, 2006

Fall 2005

Conversations on the Constitution: "Recent Decisions on Religious Liberty"
November 16, 2005

Conversations on the Constitution: "Don't Ask/Don't Tell, the Solomon Amendment, and the Supreme Court"
October 10, 2005

Conversations on the Constitution: "Inside the Supreme Court"
September 28, 2005

Amartya Sen on Human Rights and the Limits of the Law 
September 22, 2005

Geoffrey Stone's Perilous Times: Free Speech in Wartime from the Sedition Act of 1798 to the War on Terrorism, a discussion with the author
September 13, 2005

Spring 2005

Conversations on the Constitution: "The Terri Schiavo Case"
April 14, 2005

Fall 2004

David Cole on Civil Liberties and Terror
November 15, 2004

Robert Dahl's, "How Democratic is the American Constitution?," a discussion with the author
November 9, 2004

Election Law Speaker Series
Oct 4-25, 2004