Throughout our history, the powers and responsibilities of the nation’s second highest office have evolved. Caustically described by its first occupant as “the most insignificant office” ever contrived, many vice presidents have now had a profound impact on their place and time. Yet from its original inception to the ratification of the Twelfth 12th Amendment and beyond, many questions continue to surround this office. What did the founders envision as the role of the vice president? What is its place in the constitutional framework of government? What were the special characteristics of notable vice presidents? What is the future of the vice presidency? Could the office serve as an important tool in ending government gridlock?

At this symposium, renowned legal scholars, practitioners, and politicians will explore important questions surrounding the vice presidency. As a special treat, the Honorable Richard Cheney, 46th Vice President of the United States, will join us for a lively discussion of these issues and other experiences from his time as Vice President.

List of Speakers:

The Honorable Dick Cheney, 46th Vice President of the United States

The Honorable Edwin Meese, III, Ronald Reagan Distinguished Fellow Emeritus at The Heritage Foundation and former U.S. Attorney General

Douglas W. Kmiec, Pepperdine University School of Law Caruso Family Chair in Constitutional Law and United States Ambassador (Ret.)

Shannen W. Coffin, Partner at the Washington, D.C. offices of Steptoe & Johnson, LLP and former General Counsel to Vice President Dick Cheney

Dr. Edward J. Larson, Pepperdine University School of Law Professor and Pulitzer Prize-winning historian

Vikram D. Amar, Iwan Foundation Professor of Law and Dean of the University of Illinois College of Law

Dr. Jody C. Baumgartner, Professor of Political Science at Eastern Carolina University and author of The American Vice Presidency Reconsidered