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State Constitutions in the Era of a More Conservative Supreme Court

Important Constitutional Protections Hang in the Balance as the Supreme Court Shifts. How Can State Constitutions Respond?

With the retirement of Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy, who often served as a swing vote, the court is expected to shift further to the conservative end of the spectrum, with the potential for weakening or even extinguishing important constitutional protections.
Join the Rockefeller Institute of Government and the Government Law Center at Albany Law School on Thursday, July 19, as we present a panel of judges and constitutional scholars discussing the increasing importance of state constitutions in guaranteeing protections for immigrants, reproductive rights, affirmative action, environmental protections, LGBTQ rights, and more. 

The panel will focus especially on the New York State Constitution, which has long safeguarded rights beyond those provided by the federal Constitution.
Thursday, July 19
1-3 p.m.
Rockefeller Institute of Government
411 State Street
Albany, New York 12203

RSVP to  Nicolle Otty at 518-443-5522 or

About the Rockefeller Institute of Government

The Nelson A. Rockefeller Institute of Government is the public policy research arm of the State University of New York. The Institute conducts fiscal and programmatic research on American state and local governments. Learn more at
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