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Dear Reader,

The American University Law Review hosts two symposia per volume. While our fourth issue focuses exclusively on the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, our fifth issue varies in subject matter each year. This year, for our seventy-second volume, our Annual Symposium was entitled Equal Justice Under Law?

Volume 72’s Annual Symposium was held on Friday, February 3, 2023, at the American University Washington College of Law. Erwin Chemerinsky, Dean of the University of California Berkeley College of Law, gave the Keynote Address, which is transcribed on the pages that follow. Dean Chemerinsky has been dubbed the most influential legal scholar in the United States, and the law review was honored to collaborate with him again.

The topic for this symposium was decided on June 24, 2022, the day the Supreme Court decided Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization. The law review’s editors recognized the need to spotlight the changes our nation was facing.

The symposium was held in person for the first time since 2019, as the previous two had to be held virtually, due to the coronavirus pandemic. Ropes & Gray LLP was kind enough to partner with the law review on this event. A recording of the entire symposium can be found on

This specialized issue begins with Dean Chemerinsky’s outstanding Keynote Address. On behalf of the AULR, I hope you enjoy our attempt to answer the question of whether we will continue to have equal justice under the law.

With Respect,

Shahnoor Kamal Khan

Editor-in-Chief, American University Law Review

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