More than 80 attend national oversight symposium at Wayne Law

DETROIT – More than 80 people gathered March 23 for the Wayne Law Review Symposium on Congressional Oversight in the 21st Century, a collaborative effort of the law review and the Levin Center at Wayne Law.

The event convened 15 national experts to explore the definition of congressional oversight and how best to measure its effectiveness, examine the relationship of oversight and the judicial branch, and discuss various tools and mechanisms involved in conducting fact-based, bipartisan oversight.

The symposium was made possible, in part, through the support of the Cohn Family Endowed Fund. 

Delivering opening remarks were Dean Richard A. Bierschbach; former U.S. Sen. Carl Levin, chair of the Levin Center at Wayne Law; and Dane Lepola, editor-in-chief of the Wayne Law Review. Panel moderators were William Marshall of the University of North Carolina School of Law, Heidi Kitrosser of the University of Minnesota School of Law and Kathleen Clark of Washington University School of Law. Delivering the keynote address was Steve Castor, chief investigative counsel of the U.S. House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform under Chairman Trey Gowdy.

The symposium builds upon the momentum from the Levin Center’s 2017 Scholars Roundtable on Congressional Oversight, which was the first of its kind in the United States. Scholars from across the country came to Detroit to promote 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.

Carl Levin

Photo: Former U.S. Sen. Carl Levin delivers opening remarks at the 2018 Wayne Law Review symposium on Congressional Oversight in the 21st Century. The event was presented in partnership with the Levin Center at Wayne Law. More photos:








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