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Center on Federalism and Intersystemic Governance

Conference on Federal Diversity Jurisdiction

Friday, March 19, 2021


Brooke Coleman, Seattle University School of Law
Scott Dodson, UC-Hastings College of the Law
Richard D. Freer, Emory University School of Law
Steven S. Gensler, University of Oklahoma College of Law
William H. J. Hubbard, University of Chicago Law School
Daniel Klerman, University of Southern California - Gould School of Law
Anita S. Krishnakumar, St. John’s University School of Law
Florencia Marotta-Wurgler, New York University School of Law
Roger Michalski, University of Oklahoma College of Law
Jonathan R. Nash, Emory University School of Law
Martin H. Redish, Northwestern University – Pritzker School of Law
Stephen E. Sachs, Duke University School of Law
Joanna Shepherd, Emory University School of Law
Lawrence B. Solum, University of Virginia School of Law
Ann Woolhandler, University of Virginia School of Law
Patrick Woolley, University of Texas School of Law

Agenda (all times Eastern time zone)

11:20-11:30 - Welcome

11:30-1:00 - Panel I: The Politics and Effects of Diversity Jurisdiction

Richard Freer, The Political Reality of Diversity Jurisdiction
Commentator: Brooke Coleman

Florencia Marotta-Wurgler, The Hollowed Out Common Law (co-authored with Samuel Issacharoff) 
Commentator: Joanna Shepherd

1:00-1:15  - Break

1:15-2:45 - Panel II: Changing the Scope of the Diversity Grant

Steven Gensler & Roger Michalski, The Million Dollar Diversity Docket 
Commentator: William Hubbard

Daniel Klerman & Jonathan Nash, Aligning Diversity Jurisdiction With Its Bias Rationale
Commentator: Scott Dodson 

2:45-3:00 - Break 

3:00-3:45 Panel III: Interpreting the Diversity Statute

Martin H. Redish, Federal Jurisdiction as Statutory Interpretation: A Majordomo Purposivist Perspective (co-authored with Andrew Rodheim & Nicholas Roosevelt)

Commentator: Anita Krishnakumar 

3:45-4:00 - Break

4:00-5:30 - Panel IV: Originalist and Historical Perspectives on Diversity

Lawrence Solum, Originalism and Diversity of Citizenship
Commentator: Stephen E. Sachs

Patrick Woolley, Diversity Jurisdiction and the Common-Law Scope of the “Civil Action”
Commentator: Ann Woolhandler 

5:30-5:40 - Closing Remarks


Each paper will have 45 total minutes of time allotted.  The author(s) of each paper should present the paper in no more than 15 minutes.  Each paper will have an assigned commentator; that commentator should offer comments on the paper for no more than 8 minutes.  The balance of the time will be for general discussion/question-and-answer.