On February 4, the University of Miami School of Law convened three panels of eminent scholars to address fundamental questions raised by the end of the Trump presidency.
WATCH: Opening Remarks & Panel 1 - Examining the Jan. 6th Insurrection
Dean Anthony E. Varona opened the event with short remarks and Vice Dean for Intellectual Life Lili Levi introduced the panelists. The first panel featured Law Professors Caroline Mala Corbin, Elizabeth M. Iglesias, Stephen J. Schnably, William H. Widen, and Professor, Department of Political Science, Casey A. Klofstad. The panel focused on the events of January 6, 2021 and included discussions of former President Trump’s incendiary speech on the 6th, conspiratorial thinking around the election and Trump, the standards by which we should assess claims of election fraud and the ways in which the international community has defined coups.
WATCH: Panel 2 - Consequences
This panel consisted of Law Professors Caroline Mala Corbin, Frances R. Hill, Elizabeth M. Iglesias, and Professor & Chair, Department of Political Science, Gregory Koger. The panelists both sketched and assessed many of the consequences flowing from the events addressed in Panel 1. Although the panelists principally focused on proposed legislative responses (such as anti-protest legislation) and other governmental responses, the panel also addressed private reactions, including political contributions.
WATCH: Panel 3 & Closing Remarks - Contextualizing the Ways Forward & Closing Remarks
The third panel consisted of Law Professors David Abraham, Charlton C. Copeland, Frances R. Hill, Alejandro Portes, and Adjunct Professor Adam M. Moskowitz. The discussion aimed to highlight the dangers of populist presidents and ways in which the U.S. might respond to populist conservative movements. Other topics addressed included the association of the Republican party with extremist groups, constitutional and legislative mechanisms supporting populist conservatism, the crisis of representation/ruptures between parties and constituents, strong public support for Trump Administration policies and thoughts on neutralizing national populism and the country’s political schism.