Announcing the Center’s September 23, 2022 Symposium with the NYU Law Review

  • Date:
  • September 09, 2022

We are excited to announce that the Center will co-host a symposium in New York on September 23 in coordination with the New York University Law Review.  The theme is Gun Rights and Regulation after Bruen.  

The Supreme Court’s decision in Bruen marked a fundamental shift in Second Amendment law, announcing a new methodology focused on historical tradition.  The symposium will discuss Bruen’s new legal test, ways in which Bruen can be turned into practical legal doctrine to guide lower courts, and consequences for self-defense and criminal law.  The keynote discussion, featuring Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg, New York State Senator Zellnor Myrie, and Steven Wu, Chief of Appeals for the Manhattan DA’s Office, will focus on criminal justice and prosecutorial discretion in the aftermath of Bruen.  We have assembled a tremendous group of scholars and commentators (listed below) who will provide important perspectives on the path forward after Bruen.   

The event will be live-streamed via Zoom, and you can register to watch here.  The essays produced as part of the symposium will be published in the New York University Law Review and the NYU Law Review Online.


Panel 1 - 8:45-9:45 am - Keynote Discussion:  Criminal Justice and Prosecutorial Discretion in the Wake of Bruen

Moderator: Vincent Southerland (NYU)

Panelists: Alvin Bragg (Manhattan District Attorney), Aimee Carlisle (The Bronx Defenders), Zellnor Myrie (New York State Senator), Steven Wu (Chief of Appeals, Manhattan DA’s Office)

Panel 2 - 9:50-10:55 am - Bruen’s Methodology and Practical Consequences for Legislation and Criminal Law

Moderator: Mark Tushnet (Harvard)

Panelists: Cynthia Lee (George Washington), Eric Ruben (SMU), Eugene Volokh (UCLA)

Panel 3 - 11:00-12:05 pm - Sensitive Places and the Challenges of Applying Bruen in the Lower Courts

Moderator: Jamal Greene (Columbia)

Panelists: Joseph Blocher (Duke), Jacob Charles (Pepperdine), Adam Samaha (NYU), Reva Siegel (Yale)

Panel 4 - 12:40-1:45 pm - After Bruen: Implications for Law Enforcement, Stare Decisis, and Supreme Court Legitimacy

Moderator: Sanford Levinson (Texas)

Panelists: Brandon del Pozo (Rhode Island Hospital), Mary Anne Franks (Miami), Barry Friedman (NYU), Haley Proctor (Missouri)