The Texas Federalist Society. Ideas Welcome
About the Texas Federalist Society
The Texas Federalist Society is a group of moderate, conservative, and libertarian law students at The University of Texas School of Law. With over 200 registered members and 26 speaker events in 2011-2012, the Society is proud to be the largest and most active student organization at the law school.
At the 2012 National Student Symposium hosted by Stanford Law School, the Texas Federalist Society was nominated for and won the Samuel Adams Award for Membership Growth. The award is a recognition of the Chapter’s exponential growth (from a total of six members in the beginning of Fall 2010 to over 200 members by the Spring of 2012). Today, the Texas Chapter is not only the largest chapter in the country, it also has the distinct honor of being the largest chapter in the thirty year history of Federalist Society!
Commitment to Ideas and Debate
The Federalist Society prides itself on being an organization dedicated to ideas. Texas Federalist Society has a strong reputation for hosting speakers on all sides of the ideological spectrum. A number of the Society’s most frequent and prominent speakers – from the Left as well as the Right – attest to the fact that the Society has contributed a great deal to free speech, free debate, and the public understanding of the Constitution at UT Law.
By providing a forum for legal experts of opposing views to interact with members of the legal profession, the judiciary, law students, and academics, the Federalist Society has redefined the terms of legal debate and brought intellectual conversation back to campuses across the country.
Who We Are
In its mission and purpose, the Federalist Society is unique. While overall the Society believes in the enduring values of individual liberty, economic freedom, limited government, and the rule of law, its members are diverse and often hold conflicting views on a broad range of issues such as tort reform, privacy rights, and criminal justice. The Society is dedicated to ideas, not politics.
In its mission, the Society exists to promote an awareness of “the principles that the state exists to preserve freedom, that the separation of governmental powers is central to our Constitution, and that it is emphatically the province and duty of the judiciary to say what the law is, not what it should be.”
The Society’s main purpose is to sponsor fair, serious, and open debate about the need to enhance individual freedom and the role of the courts in saying what the law is rather than what they wish it to be. We believe debate is the best way to ensure that legal principles that have not been the subject of sufficient attention for the past several decades receive a fair hearing.