The Center’s Recent Symposium with the Notre Dame Law Review

  • Date:
  • December 06, 2023

On November 3, 2023, the Center co-hosted a symposium at Notre Dame Law School in partnership with the Notre Dame Law Review on the theme of History, Tradition, and Analogical Reasoning.

The symposium brought together leading legal scholars, historians and practitioners to discuss pressing questions surrounding Bruen’s historical-analogical test.  Symposium participants presented on topics ranging from psychological perspectives on analogical reasoning, to traditionalism and general law within Bruen’s framework, to the issues implicated by the pending Second Amendment challenge in Rahimi.  The essays produced as part of the symposium will be published in an upcoming volume of the Notre Dame Law Review next spring, and the Center for Firearms Law is excited to see this timely and creative scholarship in print soon.

Video recordings of the symposium panels are available at the links below, and a few pictures from the event are also included here.  Thank you to our partners at the Notre Dame Law Review and to everyone who helped make the event a success!

Panel 1 – Analogical Reasoning and Operationalizing the Historical Record – Kunal Parker (Miami), Fred Schauer (Virginia), Barbara Spellman (Virginia), Ryan Williams (Boston College); moderated by William Kelley (Notre Dame)

Panel 2 – The Challenges of Reasoning by Analogy to History – Joseph Blocher (Duke), Alexandra Filindra (Illinois-Chicago), Darrell A.H. Miller (Duke), Reva Siegel (Yale), Andrew Willinger (Duke); moderated by Jeffrey Pojanowski (Notre Dame)

Panel 3 – Practitioner Panel: Litigating under BruenBrandon Beck (Texas Tech), Jason Medinger (U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Maryland), Kelly Roskam (Johns Hopkins Center for Gun Violence Solutions); moderated by Jimmy Gurulé (Notre Dame)

Panel 4 – Traditionalism and Historical FluctuationWilliam Baude (Chicago), Marc DeGirolami (St. John’s), Robert Leider (George Mason), Christina Mulligan (Brooklyn); moderated by Sherif Girgis (Notre Dame)