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When Judges Disagree ....

When Judges Disagree

An International Symposium on Logic, Its Limits, and the Role of Ideology in Jurisprudence

October 12-15, 2011

 

PROGRAM

Materials:

Copies of Professor James Raymond's Writing for the Court will be provided.

Participants are asked to submit in advance an electronic copy of a controversial judgment—their own or someone else's.  Cases involving gender, religion, sexual preference, human rights, entitlements of indigenous peoples, judicial independence, and political or cultural conflicts, particularly those that have resulted in dissenting opinions, reversal on appeal, public debate, or conflict with other branches of government are particularly encouraged.  These will be forwarded to the group by e-mail for study in advance; they will also be downloaded on a flash drive and distributed at beginning of the symposium.

PARTICIPANTS ARE STRONGLY URGED TO BRING LAPTOPS.

Locations:

Dinners:

Dinner for symposium registrants and their spouses will be hosted by the Institute at the National Arts Club on October 12 at no charge.

An optional (but highly recommended) dinner cruise will take place on the evening of October 13.  Cost:  $130 per person, payable at registration.

Meetings:

This will be a symposium in a classical sense.  The participants themselves will be the experts.  As moderator, Professor Raymond will suggest a framework for discussion, but the discussion itself will be up to the participants, and the material to be discussed will be drawn from cases they have submitted in advance.

Phone numbers:

Professor Raymond                       212-254-8381 (W) or 646-522-7159 (Cell)

Katherine Gotshall (Assistant)       212-529-8512 (W) or 646-331-8512 (Cell)

Wednesday, October 12

5:30

Welcome and Registration

Location: National Arts Club, 15 Gramercy Park South, also known as East 20th Street between Park Avenue South and Irving Place.

6:00

Opening Lecture and Dinner


Location: The National Arts Club
Speaker: Professor James C. Raymond

Thursday, October 13

9:00

Coffee and Tea

Location: The Players, 16 Gramercy Park South.

9:30

Interactive Session I

Participants will be provided with a method for distilling their judgments to their essential elements:  the factual context; the dispositive issues; and the rationale for the resolution of each issue.  In addition, they will be asked to identify the patterns of logic used in resolving each issue and the ideological assumptions upon which the judgments are ultimately based.

10:45

Morning Break

11:00

Interactive Session II

Discussion of cases submitted.

12:15

Lunch

1:30

Interactive Session III

Discussion of cases submitted (cont’d).

2:45

Afternoon Break

3:15

Interactive Session IV

Discussion of cases submitted (cont’d).

4:30

End of First Day

6:15-10:00

Optional (but highly recommended):
Bateaux Harbor Cruise with Three Course Dinner and Live Jazz

Cost: $130 per person (includes dinner and one drink), payable at registration.   Participants may purchase wine or additional drinks on the boat.

Location: Board the Celestial, a glass-topped boat, at 6:15 from Chelsea Pier 61 (12th Ave. at 23rd Street).  See www.bateauxnewyork.com.

Transportation: Arrival by individual taxi.   After the cruise, the Institute will provide transportation to the Park South Hotel and the Roger.
The Celestial will cruise down the Hudson River, round the tip of Manhattan, and return to Pier 61 with a stop near the Statue of Liberty. Tables for dinner have been reserved for Symposium registrants and their guests.

Attire: Smart casual or national garb.

Friday, October 14

9:00-4:30

 Same as Thursday’s Schedule

7:00-10:00

Farewell Party with Food & Live Music

Location: at the home of Theresa Llorente and Janos Aranyi
44 Gramercy Park North, Apt. 12 A

Attire: Smart casual or national garb.

For any further info please contact:

James C. Raymond

President

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