The purpose of the Hastings Federalist Society is to foster critical thought and debate about the application of conservative principles to the law. The Hastings Federalist Society embraces the principle that the state exists to preserve freedom, that the separation of governmental powers is central to the integrity of the Constitution for the United States of America, and that it is emphatically the province and duty of the judiciary to say what the law – not what it should be. The Hastings Federalist Society seeks both to promote an awareness of these principles and to further their application through its activities. This entails reordering priorities within the legal system to place a premium on individual liberty, traditional values and the rule of law. It also entails restoring recognition of these norms among lawyers, judges, law students and professors.