Governing After 2008 Conference Sept. 27 at Yale Law School
August 5, 2008

The 2008 presidential election is expected to shape new directions for governance in the United States and foreign relations. What will the outcome of the election mean for the nation? Where should the U.S. focus its policymaking in the years ahead? What are the most significant challenges affecting the future of governance in America?

These are some of the questions that will be considered at the “Governing After 2008” conference taking place Saturday, September 27, at Yale Law School. Hosted by the Yale Law & Policy Review, in cooperation with Yale Law Democrats, Yale Law Republicans, and the Yale chapters of the Federalist Society and the American Constitution Society, “Governing After 2008” will bring together policymakers, advocacy groups, legal and political scholars, individual activists, and engaged students and community members to share insights in anticipation of the November elections.

“This year’s presidential election presents a historic opportunity for the Yale Law School community to examine the future path of government in the United States,” said Zachary Kaufman ’09, editor-in-chief of the Yale Law & Policy Review. “Reflecting YLPR's longstanding commitment to combining scholarly analysis and policy applications, 'Governing After 2008' will assemble practitioners and scholars from across the political spectrum to consider today’s challenges and tomorrow’s solutions.”

The conference begins at 10 a.m. with welcome remarks by Kaufman and Yale Law School Dean Harold Hongju Koh. A series of three panel discussions will follow:  “Fighting Poverty: Root or Branch?”; “Multilevel Governance: The Role of State and Local Actors”; and “Accountability and Principled Governance.” 

The conference is open to the public, but pre-registration is required. There is a small fee for the non-Yale community. For more information, including the conference schedule, and to register online, visit the conference website. Questions regarding the conference may be sent to

Founded in 1982, the Yale Law & Policy Review is a semi-annual publication dedicated to publishing in-depth scholarly articles by legal academics, as well as timely policy proposals and legal analyses by judges, policymakers, interest group leaders, and other practitioners. YLPR regularly publishes scholarship on a variety of themes relevant to its readership.