The Federalist Society for Law and Public Policy Studies is a group of conservatives and libertarians interested in the current state of the legal order. We believe that principles and legal rules strongly influence the direction of societal development and in so doing can secure or destroy individual rights and liberties. The Society's purpose is to investigate the role of law as one of the great organizing forces of our society, and to participate in that shaping process. The Federalist Society is founded on the principles that the state exists to preserve individual freedom, that economic and political liberties are inextricably intertwined, that the separation of governmental powers is central to our Constitution, that it is emphatically the province and duty of the judiciary to say what the law is, not what it should be, and that the true purpose of the legal order is to ensure that the power conferred upon the state is used to secure people's lives and goods. The Society seeks both to promote an awareness of these principles and to further their application through its activities. This entails ordering priorities within the legal system to place a premium on individual liberty, traditional values, and the rule of law. It also requires restoring the recognition of the importance of these norms among lawyers, judges, and law professors. In to achieve these goals, the Society has created a conservative intellectual network that extends to all levels of the legal community. The local chapter is named after Judge Norton Parker Chipman, an 1859 graduate of the Cincinnati Law School.
- President: Michael Cook
- Vice President: Amanda Narog