This panel will explore the myriad challenges to the rule of law in the United States — from racial bias in everyday policing and criminal justice, to the perceived politicization of federal law enforcement and the judiciary, to the breakdown of Constitutional checks and balances —  and how they threaten democratic legitimacy.

Panelists will include: 

  • Sean Franzblau '05, Assistant United States Attorney
  • Brian Mason '98, Chief Trial Deputy, District Attorney's Office, Colorado's 17th Judicial District
  • Hon. Kathleen McDonald O'Malley '79 P'11, Judge, United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
  • Matthew Sanders '08, Supervising Attorney, Juvenile Unit King County Department of Public Defense, ACA Division

"Is the American Experiment Still Viable?", a Hill to Hill event, is a series of six virtual alumni panel discussions sponsored by the Center for the Study of American Democracy in conjunction with the Office of Alumni and Parent Engagement. Additional panels include:

  • September 29: Left, Right, Center
  • October 6: Race, Identity and the “Real” America
  • October 20: America in the World
  • October 27: Information, Misinformation, Disinformation
  • November 10: America Voted. What's Next?

To register for additional panels in this series, visit

Is the American Experiment Still Viable?

Learn more about the Hill to Hill series and watch recordings from previous panel discussions.