More than 190 people attended this year’s Robert Cover Workshop, Safeguarding Democracy: Lessons Learned from 1/6. After remarks from former Senator Russ Feingold (D-WI), the four members of the panel engaged in a profound discussion of the attempted coup by insurrectionists at the U.S. Capitol last January and how we can reform our democratic institutions to avert future threats. The panel addressed such questions such as “How can we minimize the misinformation that fuels these threats?”; “What can we learn from other countries who have lived through attacks on democracy?”; “Are there legislative and institutional changes, including those contained in the Electoral Count Act and the Protect Our Democracy Act, that we should consider?”; and “are there things that law schools and the broader legal community can do to build civil society resiliency and prevent another January 6th? The video is available here.
The panel consisted of:
Rachel Kleinfeld, Senior Fellow, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace’s Democracy, Conflict and Governance Program, Moderator
Harold Hongju Koh, Sterling Professor of International Law, Yale Law School
Hari Osofsky, Dean, Northwestern Pritzker School of Law
Donald Sherman, Vice President and Chief Counsel, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW)