Law Symposium at UM to Focus on Federalism

September 22, 2014

MISSOULA – The Montana Law Review will dedicate this year’s Honorable James R. Browning Symposium at the University of Montana to emerging federalism issues through moderated panel discussions. This year’s symposium, “The Future of Federalism: What Will be Retained and What Surrendered,” will take place Thursday and Friday, Oct. 2-3, in the University Center Ballroom. Registration is not required and events are free and open to the public. 

The event will feature highly regarded national, regional and local speakers and panelists. The full list of panelists can be found online at

The symposium schedule is:  

Thursday, Oct. 2

  • 6-7 p.m.: Opening keynote address, George Mason University School of Law Professor Ilya Somin, UM School of Law Room 101.

Friday, Oct. 3

(All events in UC North Ballroom)

  • 10:20 a.m.-noon: Panel discussion, Cooperative (and Uncooperative) Federalism at Tribal, State and Local Levels.
  • 1-2:30 p.m.: Panel discussion, Federal and State Conflicts: Preemption and Commandeering.
  • 2:45-4:15 p.m.: Panel discussion, Commerce, Taxing, Spending and Coercion after NFIB v. Sebelius.
  • 4:30-5:30 p.m.: Closing keynote address, New York University School of Law Professor Roderick Hills Jr.

The biennial symposium honors Judge James R. Browning, United States Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit, who was raised in Belt and graduated from the UM School of Law in 1941. Browning was a member of the first editorial board of the Montana Law Review and served as editor-in-chief. In September of 1961, President John F. Kennedy appointed Browning to the 9th Circuit, where he served until his retirement. Prior to joining the court, Browning served as clerk of the United States Supreme Court. Browning died May 5, 2012.

For more information, call Montana Law Review at 406-243-2023, UM School of Law students Colin Phelps at 406-459-9754 or Erik Rathie at 406-697-7960, or email, or


Contact: Colin Phelps, UM School of Law student, 406-459-9754,; Erik Rathie, UM School of Law student, 406-697-7960,; Montana Law Review, 406-243-2023,