Attorney General Shapiro Speaks at Aspen Institute Ideas Festival on Federalism and States’ Rights

June 30, 2017 | Topic: Rights

HARRISBURG — Attorney General Josh Shapiro spoke on a national panel discussion at the Aspen Institute Ideas Festival on federalism and states’ rights – topics which he has spoken about recently at two Pennsylvania law school commencements.

Attorney General Shapiro was a featured speaker in a breakfast forum: “Going Rogue: What Happens when States and the Federal Government Don’t Agree?” The other featured panelist was Heather Gerken, the incoming Dean of Yale Law School and a national scholar on federalism. You can watch the forum here.

The program’s moderator was Elliot Gerson, executive vice president at the Aspen Institute, which sponsored the Ideas Festival, a national gathering in Colorado of public officials, journalists and others exploring an array of public policy initiatives.

In the past month, Attorney General Shapiro delivered a speech at two Pennsylvania law school commencements (Temple University Beasley School of Law and Penn State Dickinson School of Law) in which he explored how federalism and states’ rights can be used to expand protections of Pennsylvanians’ rights and liberties, particularly at a time when states and the federal government disagree on different policy matters, including immigration enforcement, environmental protection and  health care.

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