These thoughts are prompted largely by the fourth annual Constitutional Law Colloquium held at Loyola University School of Law this past weekend, November 1- 2.
Under the friendly guidance of Professor John Nowak and colleagues, the colloquium is designed to give a new generation of young scholars a chance to present their ideas and to talk with each other, and the result is a gathering of young people of diverse shapes, sizes and colorings, from diverse backgrounds. The energy and intelligence of the presentations was enormously encouraging. I can't summarize in any useful way the diversity of papers given in simultaneous sessions, but the link embedded above will take you to the program and to the list of presenters, some of whom are putting up their papers on ssrn, and others who perhaps will share drafts. The common theme among the papers I was able to hear was an insistence on factual history, a disdain for conventional mythology, and a firm grounding in the realities of the present day. Holmes I hope would have been glad to see his racial ideas discarded, and his belief in the importance of history vindicated.