Topics at the conference have been limited to those I.P. issues associated with constitutional questions. To give an idea of the breadth of the topics covered, we have discussed the First, Second, Fifth, Seventh, Eleventh and Fourteenth Amendments as well as the Commerce, I.P., and Supremacy Clauses of the main document — and the conference isn’t over. Some of the most fascinating discussions have occurred when the interconnection of the different Constitutional provisions are discovered. In at least one time, it was exactly that. I don’t think any of us had thought about the connection raised before.
Indeed, this discovery of new interconnections is why the roundtable is such a valuable type of conference. The standard conference where papers are presented, mostly as finished works, has its value in dissemination of the information developed in the paper, but it doesn’t serve as the same incubator for new ideas. Indeed, where the research has been reduced to an article, it is often more informative to read the paper instead of hearing an oral presentation of it. For the roundtable conference, on the other hand, we get the opportunity to have our colleagues serve as idea editors. Whose scholarship wouldn’t be made better by that?