Statutory Interpretation: Exploring the Dialogue Between the Supreme Court and Congress

Date & Time: Tuesday, January 13, 2015 from 12:00pm to 2:00pm

CLE Credit: No

Event Description
Understanding how courts and Congress communicate is an important and challenging issue in statutory interpretation. Statutory overrides of Supreme Court decisions are a critical component of this dialogue. Recently, the conventional wisdom has held that congressional overrides declined significantly in the 1990's and virtually ended by the 2000's. Professor Eskridge will discuss his recent research showing that Congress overrides the Court more frequently than this conventional wisdom holds. These overrides extend across a number of legal subjects including federal procedure and jurisdiction, criminal law, civil and political rights, bankruptcy, tax, and intellectual property. Most such overrides appear motivated by congressional desire to update policy rather than to rebuke the Court. Eskridge will note the normative implications of these results and will outline important doctrinal implications. He will also discuss the broader import for theories of statutory interpretation.

This brownbag luncheon program is sponsored by the D.C. Bar Administrative Law and Agency Practice Section, in cosponsorship with the following additional D.C. Bar Section(s): Environment, Energy and Natural Resources Section. Doors open at 11:30 a.m.

D.C. Bar Conference Center
1101 K Street, NW, Conference Center
Washington DC 20005
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Contact Information
Sections Office
Phone: 202-626-3463
Fax: 202-824-1877


  • Professor William Eskridge, Jr., Professor, Yale Law School
  • Connor Raso, (Moderator)


Administrative Law and Agency Practice Section


Environment, Energy and Natural Resources Section


Government or Non-Profit Employee


Law Student (Please bring student ID)


Non-Section Member


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