State Constitutions and Individual Liberty: State or Federal Government as Primary Custodian of Individual Rights?

On June 23, 2022, David A. Carrillo, Christina Sandefur, Robert F. Williams and moderator Braden Boucek joined us to debate the different purposes and rights guarantees within state constitutions and the federal constitution. What are the federalism implications of an increased focus on state constitutional rights, if that’s really the trend? What does the map of states look like if some federal liberties roll back, and does the distribution depend on which rights roll back or expand. These topics and more were explored by this excellent panel of knowledgeable state constitutional law experts.

David A. Carrillo

Lecturer in Residence and Executive Director, California Constitution Center

University of California, Berkeley, School of Law


Christina Sandefur

Executive Vice President

Goldwater Institute


Robert F. Williams

Distinguished Professor of Law and Director, Center for State Constitutional Studies

Rutgers University of School of Law


Braden Boucek

Director of Litigation

Southeastern Legal Foundation


State & Local

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