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The Federalist Society is a group primarily of conservatives and libertarians in the legal field who are interested in the current state of the legal order. The Federalist Society is founded on the principles that:

  • The state exists to preserve freedom;
  • The separation of governmental powers is central to our Constitution;
  • And it is emphatically the province and duty of the judiciary to say what the law is, not what it should be.

The Society seeks both to promote an awareness of these principles and to further their application in the law. This entails reordering priorities within the legal system to place a premium on individual liberty, traditional values, and the rule of law. It also requires restoring the recognition of the importance of these norms among lawyers, judges, and law professors. In working to achieve these goals, the Society has created a conservative and libertarian intellectual network that extends to all levels of the legal community.