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The Federalist Society

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“The courts must declare the sense of the law; and if they should be disposed to exercise WILL instead of JUDGMENT, the consequence would be the substitution of their pleasure to that of the legislative body.”

The Federalist, No. 78

The Federalist Society Welcomes You

The Federalist Society for Law and Public Policy Studies is a non-partisan conservative and libertarian organization dedicated to freedom, federalism and judicial restraint. The Federalist Society seeks to educate the legal community through its programs and publications about how limited constitutional government based on the rule of law can have a positive effect on law and public policy.

At its core, the Federalist Society at Lewis and Clark exists to bring the best legal experts available to have serious and considered debate on issues of importance to the legal community and to ensure that there are voices on campus to challenge to liberal orthodoxy that pervades the law school culture and promote three core principles:

  1. The state exists to preserve freedom;
  2. The separation of governmental powers is central to our Constitution;
  3. And it is emphatically the province and duty of the judiciary to say what the law is, not what it should be.