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The Democracy Principle in State Constitutions


Wednesday, June 15, 2022, 6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

Program Description:

As antidemocratic behavior spreads across the nation, courts and commentators have increasingly concluded that the federal constitution offers few resources to respond. State constitutions are a more promising place to turn. Unlike the federal constitution, they empower popular majorities, expressing intertwined commitments to popular sovereignty, majority rule, and political equality. After describing the development of the "democracy principle" in state constitutions, the program will consider its application to pressing problems of electoral interference.


Jessica Bulman-Pozen is the Betts Professor of Law and a director of the Center for Constitutional Governance at Columbia Law School. An expert on administrative law and constitutional law, she has written extensively about federalism. Before joining the Columbia faculty, Bulman-Pozen served as an attorney-adviser in the U.S. Department of Justice’s Office of Legal Counsel and as a law clerk to Justice John Paul Stevens of the U.S. Supreme Court and Judge Merrick B. Garland of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit.

CLE Credits:

1.5 Areas of Professional Practice (transitional/non-transitional)