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The Federalist Society Isn’t Quite Sure About Democracy Anymore

Following recent SCOTUS wins, the society’s youth debate the movement's next stage

The Texas sun was just beginning to rise over central Austin as groups of neatly-dressed law students arrived at the AT&T Hotel and Conference Center, a beige monolith plopped on the southwestern corner of the University of Texas’s sprawling campus. Once inside the lobby, the students ascended two flights of stairs, crossed a courtyard, descended two more flights of stairs and rode two escalators down to a subterranean ballroom, where members of one of the most maligned organizations in American politics were gathering for breakfast.

It was the start of the second day of the Federalist Society's National Student Symposium — an annual gathering of conservative and libertarian law students hosted by the conservative legal behemoth  — and as I sidled up to one group of attendees, I got the sense that they were caught off guard to find a reporter in their midst.

"People think we're some sort of shadowy cabal, but all we really do is invite speakers to campus and then go to Chipotle for tacos," one of the attendees, a first-year law student from Georgetown University, assured me as we drank coffee and picked at mini croissants. "Or least, that's all I've seen of FedSoc so far."

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