Welcome to the University of Oregon Student Chapter of the Federalist Society.
The Federalist Society is a group of conservatives and libertarians interested in the current state of the legal order. It is founded on the principles that the state exists to preserve freedom, that the separation of governmental powers is central to our Constitution, and that it is emphatically the province and duty of the judiciary to say what the law is, not what it should be.
The Society seeks both to promote an awareness of these principles and to further their application through its activities. This entails reordering priorities within the legal system to place a premium on individual liberty, traditional values, and the rule of law. It also requires restoring the recognition of the importance of these norms among lawyers, judges, and law professors.
The Society’s chief goal is to foster balanced and open debate about the fundamental principles of individual freedom and limited government, and about the idea that courts should say what the law is rather than what they wish it to be. Our members hold diverse and often conflicting views on a broad range of issues. Membership is open to anyone who wants to join.
We will work to promote awareness of Federalist principles at the University of Oregon School of Law and beyond. We will organize activities such as speeches and debates by noted legal scholars and political figures and a multitude of social events. The purpose of these events is to bring a diversity of views that is lacking within the environment of the University of Oregon School of Law.