The Federalist Society Purpose and Background

In 1982 conservatives and libertarians joined together to form the Federalist Society for Law and Public Policy Studies as a counterbalance to the liberal orthodoxy that continues to hold sway in law schools and in the legal profession. We seek to promote an awareness and an understanding of our nation's founding principles. We believe in constitutionally limited government, and view the separation of governmental powers as a central component of the U.S. Constitution. We also believe it is the responsibility of the judiciary to say what the law is, not what is should be.

The Society includes a student division, a lawyers division and a faculty division. The student division encompasses over 5,000 law students nationwide at accredited law schools. The national office provides speakers and other assistance to local chapters.

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