we Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals Chief Jeffrey Sutton will deliver the Lane lecture at 4:30 p.m. Nov. 12 at the University of Nebraska Law College.
Judge Sutton will discuss his new book “Who Decides?” States as laboratories for constitutional experimentation. The first 20 guests registered will receive a copy of Sutton’s book.
The discussion will continue on November 13 at the Symposium on Direct Democracy.
The symposium includes nationally recognized academics in the theory and practice of direct democracy, including Justice Sutton. It was organized in response to Nebraska’s recent experience with voting initiatives to seek state constitutional amendments that would legalize gambling and medicinal marijuana. The two initiatives were mired in litigation on the eve of the general election, and they resulted in two Nebraska Supreme Court opinions on the one-topic rule. This symposium allows participants to reflect on the role of direct democracy and to reconsider its conception in Nebraska.
The Lane Conference and Direct Democracy Symposium are supported by the Winthrop and Frances Lane Foundation which offers scholarships to students and provides grants to support faculty research and academic conferences. Winthrop Lane was born in Omaha in 1889 and attended Harvard Law School. He was a partner at Rose, Wells, Martin and Lane, the predecessor of the current law firm Baird Holm.
Both events are available in person and through Zoom. Registration is available at https://law.unl.edu/direct-democracy-symposium/. The events are free and open to the public. The symposium was approved for four continuing legal education credits in Nebraska.