Wayne Law Review Symposium on Congressional Oversight in the 21st Century
On Friday, March 23, 2018, the Levin Center and Wayne Law Review held a symposium on "Congressional Oversight in the 21st Century." Leading scholars from across the country explored the definition of congressional oversight and how best to measure its effectiveness, examined the relationship of oversight and the judicial branch, and discussed various tools and mechanisms involved in conducting fact-based, bipartisan oversight. The well-attended symposium, with more than 80 law students, scholars, and others in the audience, took place at the Partrich Auditorium at Wayne State University Law School in Detroit.
This symposium was made possible, in part, by generous funding from the Cohn Family Endowed Fund.
- Highlight Reel
- Opening remarks and Panel 1: Defining Congressional Oversight and Measuring its Effectiveness
- Panel 2: Congressional Oversight and the Judicial Branch
- Panel 3: Congressional Oversight: Tools and Topics and closing remarks
- Keynote address: Steve Castor
When conducted on a bipartisan basis, with a commitment to finding the facts and uncovering the truth, congressional oversight fulfills the checks and balances envisioned by the Constitution, fosters bipartisan legislative relationships, engenders public trust in legislatures, and improves policy and government programs.
In June 2017, the Levin Center at Wayne Law hosted a Scholars Roundtable on Congressional Oversight. This event was the first of its kind in the United States, bringing experts from across the country to Detroit to encourage increased academic research into the legal, political and historical aspects of congressional oversight investigations, techniques and effectiveness, and its role in the constitutional system of checks and balances. The Wayne Law Review Symposium built upon the energy and momentum from that gathering.
Read the Levin-Bean law review article: "Defining Congressional Oversight and Measuring Its Effectiveness"
Read the entire edition: Congressional Oversight in the 21st Century (Volume 64, No. 1)
|9 a.m.||Breakfast in atrium|
|9:30 a.m.|| |
|10 a.m.|| |
Defining Congressional Oversight and Measuring its Effectiveness
|11:15 a.m.||Refreshment break|
|11:30 a.m.|| |
Congressional Oversight and the Judicial Branch
|12:45 p.m.||Lunch in atrium|
|1:15 p.m.|| |
|2 p.m.|| |
Congressional Oversight: Tools and Topics
|3:30 p.m.|| |
|4 p.m.||Cocktails and networking reception|