June 16, 2021

Sidley Austin Forum

NYU Washington, DC hosted the 5th Annual Sidley Austin Forum with a keynote address by the honorable Amy Klobuchar, United States Senator for Minnesota, Chairwoman of the Senate Rules Committee and Chairwoman of the Judiciary Subcommittee on Competition Policy, Antitrust and Consumer Rights.

The polarized politics of the times raises the core question of whether - and how - our leaders can overcome partisan conflicts to address major challenges facing the nation. In her years in the Senate, Senator Klobuchar has worked with Democrats and Republicans to pass landmark legislation to end human trafficking and confront the opioid epidemic. She has also been a proven leader on bipartisan consumer rights legislation and initiatives. In her address, the Senator will speak to the requirements of making progress in an era of polarization, and an expert panel will follow to discuss the prospects for this progress in the current Congress.

The panel included Bob Bauer, Professor of Practice and Distinguished Scholar in Residence at NYU Law and Co-Director of the Legislative and Regulatory Process Clinic in Washington, DC who also served as moderator, Yamiche Alcindor, the host of Washington Week, White House correspondent for the PBS NewsHour and a political contributor to NBC News and MSNBC, Sarah Binder, Professor of Political Science at the George Washington University, and Paul Kane, Senior Congressional Correspondent & Columnist at The Washington Post.

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Amy Klobuchar

Amy Klobuchar

U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar is the first woman elected to represent the State of Minnesota in the United States Senate. Throughout her public service, Senator Klobuchar has always embraced the values she learned growing up in Minnesota. Her grandfather worked 1500 feet underground in the iron ore mines of Northern Minnesota. Her father, Jim, was a newspaperman, and her mother, Rose, was an elementary school teacher who continued teaching until she was 70.

Bob Bauer

Bob Bauer

Yamiche Alcindor

Yamiche Alcindor

Sarah Binder

Sarah Binder

Paul Kane

Paul Kane