Event Report

  • After Dobbs & the Crisis of the House Divided–JWI Founder & Director Hadley Arkes

    by James Wilson Institute on December 28, 2022
    On October 28, 2022, Prof. Hadley Arkes, JWI Founder and Director, delivered the public address to kick off our Senior Seminar. The talk, “After Dobbs & The Crisis of the House Divided,” centered on the recent Supreme Court decision, Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, on abortion and the split among pro-life conservatives that it […]
  • VIDEO: Webinar on “The Classical and Christian Origins of American Politics”

    by James Wilson Institute on November 18, 2022
    JWI, with our co-sponsors, the Center for Religion Culture and Democracy at First Liberty Institute, and the Civitas Institute, present this webinar. The webinar featured Profs. Justin Dyer and Kody Cooper discussing their new book on the natural law influences of the American Founding. The book is available for purchase here. We were also joined […]
  • James Wilson Summer Legal Fellowship 2022

    by James Wilson Institute on September 9, 2022
    On July 31 2022, we convened our annual James Wilson Fellowship. The class and fellowship were among our best yet. In the spring, we selected a group of outstanding law students and young lawyers to comprise our ninth class of Fellows. We selected seventeen Fellows out of nearly sixty applicants. As we have the past […]
  • “What the Hearings Missed” — Hadley Arkes at The American Mind

    by James Wilson Institute on April 13, 2022
    In the aftermath of Judge Jackson’s nomination to the Supreme Court, Hadley Arkes analyzes the Senate hearings. Despite some well-timed questions, Republicans ultimately missed their chance to put Judge Jackson on the record defending the right to kill unwanted children even after birth. Some excerpts: “During the recent hearings over Judge Jackson, Senator Marsha Blackburn […]
  • “Two Cheers For The Heartbeat Act” — Josh Hammer in First Things

    by James Wilson Institute on September 14, 2021
    Josh Hammer analyzes the Supreme Court’s decision not to enjoin any enforcement of the Texas Heartbeat Act, arguing that the decision, though a partial victory for pro-lifers, does not extend far enough. Some excerpts: “The Court was, of course, correct to rule as it did. As a basic legal norm, when a plaintiff seeks a […]
  • James Wilson Summer Legal Fellowship 2021

    by James Wilson Institute on August 30, 2021
    In August 2021, we convened our annual James Wilson Fellowship. The class and the Fellowship can certainly be counted among our best yet.  In the spring, we selected a group of outstanding young lawyers and law students to comprise our eighth class of Fellows. From a field of nearly sixty applicants, we selected seventeen Fellows. As with last year, […]
  • “The Wrong Way Forward” — Josh Hammer in City Journal

    by James Wilson Institute on August 20, 2021
    Reacting to a $26 billion settlement with pharmaceutical companies over opioid overdoses, Josh Hammer argues that those responsible for the opioid crisis should be held responsible, but not via public-nuisance litigation. Some excerpts: “Every first-year law student learns about private nuisance, one of the oldest private causes of action at common law. Traditionally, a private nuisance is […]
  • “The Biden Administration Is Playing Dumb—and Into a Trap” — Garrett Snedeker in Newsweek

    by James Wilson Institute on August 9, 2021
    Analyzing Biden’s decision to extend the eviction moratorium (despite a contrary Supreme Court ruling), JWI Deputy Director Garrett Snedeker argues that such measures are not unconstitutional–though they imprudently give Republicans reason to pursue similar strategies in the future. Some excerpts from the piece: “A Biden administration that flagrantly defies an on-point ruling of the Supreme […]
  • The President’s Advisory 1776 Commission Releases “The 1776 Report”

    by James Wilson Institute on January 21, 2021
    The President’s Advisory 1776 Commission, established to support the teaching of patriotic education, has released “The 1776 Report.” According to a White House statement, the report seeks to present “a definitive chronicle of the American founding, a powerful description of the effect the principles of the Declaration of Independence have had on this Nation’s history, and […]
  • VIDEO: Courts and Legal Challenges in a Biden Administration

    by James Wilson Institute on January 18, 2021
    On January 13, 2021, Carrie Severino of the Judicial Crisis Network and Adam White of the Scalia School of Law at George Mason University joined JWI’s Garrett Snedeker for an interactive webinar on the regulatory agenda that the Biden administration will pursue, and how the courts are likely to weigh in.