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March 23, 2018 | 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Category: Special Event
Location: Wayne State University Law School, Spencer M. Partrich Auditorium | Map
471 W. Palmer
Detroit, MI 48202
Cost: Free
Audience: Academic Staff, Alumni, Community, Current Graduate Students, Current Undergraduate Students, Faculty, Prospective Students, Staff

Presented by the Wayne Law Review and the Levin Center at Wayne State University Law School

When conducted on a bipartisan basis, with a commitment to finding the facts and uncovering the truth, congressional oversight fulfills the checks and balances envisioned by the Constitution, fosters bipartisan legislative relationships, engenders public trust in legislatures, and improves policy and government programs. 

In June 2017, the Levin Center at Wayne Law hosted a Scholars Roundtable on Congressional Oversight. This event was the first of its kind in the United States, bringing experts from across the country to Detroit to encourage increased academic research into the legal, political and historical aspects of congressional oversight investigations, techniques and effectiveness, and its role in the constitutional system of checks and balances. The symposium builds upon the energy and momentum from that gathering.

On March 23, the Wayne Law Review Symposium, together with the Levin Center at Wayne Law, will analyze congressional oversight in the 21st century. Leading scholars from across the country will explore the definition of congressional oversight and how best to measure its effectiveness,  examine the relationship of oversight and the judicial branch, and discuss various tools and mechanisms involved in conducting fact-based, bipartisan oversight. 

Providing the keynote address will be Steve Castor, chief investigative counsel, U.S. House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform under Chairman Trey Gowdy.

Lunch and breakfast provided

Complete conference schedule


The event is free and open to the public.

This symposium is made possible by generous funding from the Cohn Family Endowed Fund.

For more information about this event, please contact T.J. Lurie at or