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Plague, Power, & Policy: Lawmaking in a Pandemic

April 28 @ 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm

4/28/21 Plague, Power, & Policy: Lawmaking in a Pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic has renewed ongoing questions about government power and constitutional liberties. Join us for a panel discussion of where the line is between the government’s emergency authority to protect public health and the rights of individuals, business owners, and organizations.

Register for this discussion via zoom.


Eric Kasper is the Director of the Menard Center for Constitutional Studies at UW-Eau Claire, a co-host of this event. Professor Kasper teaches American Politics, Constitutional Law, Judicial Politics, Political Philosophy, and Jurisprudence at UW-Eau Claire. His research focuses primarily on the First Amendment and the freedom of speech.


Howard Schweber is Professor of Political Science and an affiliate faculty member of the Law School, Legal Studies, and Integrated Liberal Studies at UW-Madison. Prior to receiving his PhD from Cornell University Professor Schweber practiced law for several years. He is the author or co-editor of six books and numerous articles dealing with a range of issues related to constitutional law and theory. Professor Schweber is also the editor of Constitutional Studies.

Kali Murray is a Professor of Law at Marquette University Law School. Professor Murray’s research agenda is focused on the “politics of participation” in patent, property and administrative law.  Her work on patent law focuses on a range of issues including the impact of different administrative actors, the importance of the patent civil society’s ability to participate in patent law, and the emergence of a heterogeneous policy environment. 

Rick Esenberg is one of the state’s foremost experts on the Wisconsin Constitution and a frequent advocate before the Wisconsin Supreme Court.  He is the founder and current President and General Counsel of the Wisconsin Institute for Law & Liberty, a rapidly expanding law and policy organization headquartered in Milwaukee.