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New SCOTUScast: Florence v. Board of Chosen Freeholders


by SCOTUScaster
Posted November 04, 2011, 10:19 AM

On October 12, the Supreme Court heard oral argument in Florence v. Board of Chosen Freeholders. The question in this case is whether the Fourth Amendment permits the government to conduct a suspicionless strip search of any person who is admitted to jail, even when there is no reasonable basis for suspecting that the person has hidden weapons or contraband.

To discuss the case, we have Sarah Hart, who is a Deputy District Attorney in Philadelphia. 


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The Federalist Society Inspires New Organizations in Business, Medicine, and National Security


by Justin Shubow
Posted November 03, 2011, 6:04 PM

Writing in Philanthropy Magazine, John J. Miller highlights three new organizations that are applying lessons from the The Federalist Society's success in the law to the fields of business, medicine, and foreign and defense policy.  Those non-profits are, respectively, the Adam Smith Society, the Benjamin Rush Society, and the Alexander Hamilton Society.  Miller writes:

Three years ago, a group of center-right academics and policy leaders gathered at Princeton University to discuss defense policy and foreign affairs. One presidential administration was coming to an end, and a new one, with different beliefs and commitments, was preparing to take power. Toward the end of their long day, after weighty panels on war and commerce, the participants turned to that familiar final-session topic: Where do we go from here?

“A bunch of the professors were saying that even though their faculties were dominated by liberals, the students were much more balanced in their views and many of them were open to conservative ideas,” says Gary Schmitt of the American Enterprise Institute. “It dawned on me that law school students faced a similar situation 30 years ago--and that a few of them did something about it.”

Schmitt made a suggestion. What about starting a brand-new organization, modeled on the law school approach, but devoted to international relations?
“I just put the idea on the table and proposed that it was worth thinking about,” says Schmitt. “It’s one of the most successful organizations of its type.” He pauses. “You know,” he continues, “the Federalist Society.”

Since its founding in 1982, the Federalist Society has transformed the legal profession at every level, from introductory classes at law schools all the way to the marbled chambers of the United States Supreme Court. . . . Yet it started out small and developed almost by accident. In the early 1980s, energized by the election of Ronald Reagan, a handful of law school students at the University of Chicago, Yale, Harvard, and Stanford bristled at the liberalism of their professors. Their ranks included Spencer Abraham, Steven Calabresi, David McIntosh, and Lee Liberman Otis (who would go on to become, respectively, a Senator from Michigan and Secretary of Energy, a professor of law at Northwestern, a Congressman from Indiana, and a vice president at the Federalist Society). . . .

Within months, the Federalist Society was raising money and starting chapters. It also hired Eugene Meyer as executive director--a job that Meyer now has held for almost three decades. “When people ask me to explain our success, I always go back to one thing: our dedication to ideas,” says Meyer. . . .

“All in all, the Federalist Society has been one of the best investments the foundation ever made,” wrote the staff of the John M. Olin Foundation in a report to its trustees in 2003, shortly before the foundation finished spending its corpus and closed its doors.

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Symposium on Law, Liberty, and National Security Streaming Live on Friday


by Justin Shubow
Posted November 02, 2011, 5:20 PM

This Friday, The Federalist Society's Florida International University Student Chapter and FIU Law Review is hosting an impressive all-day symposium titled "What the Future Holds: Balancing Law, Liberty, and National Security."  For those who can't make it in person, the entire event will be streamed live over the internet.  (The Internet Explorer browser is recommended for the live feed.)

Scheduled speakers include Dean R. Alexander Acosta, Robert Alt, Becky Norton Dunlop, and Professors Michael W. Lewis, Gregory S. McNeal, and Jeremy Rabkin.

The panel schedule is as follows:

9:15 - 10:45 AM

Panel I: From Terrorism to Modern Warfare:

A New Legal Reality?

11:00 - 12:30 PM

Panel II: National Security 2.0:

Economic Markets and Technological Advancements

1:30 - 2:45 PM

A Conversation on Balancing Law, Liberty, and National Security

 3:00 - 4:30 PM

Panel III: Looking Back to Shape the Future:

How Foreign Policy Will Affect Law, Liberty, and National Security



National Law Journal Launches Legal Education Blog


by Justin Shubow
Posted November 01, 2011, 7:41 PM

National Law Journal recently launched a new blog on legal education called, fittingly enough, Law School Review.  In one of the first posts, Professor Brian Tamanaha bemoans what he sees as law schools' misleading reporting on their graduates in the job market:

The credibility of legal academia as a whole has suffered not owing to the bad conduct of a few law schools but because it has been widespread and systematic.  The problem is not that the information is inaccurate (though that is also a problem) but because it is stated in misleading ways.

Let me offer an example.  South Texas College of Law lists in the current US News profile its earnings quartiles for full-time private sector jobs as follows: $75,000 (25th percentile), $92,500 (median), $160,000 (75th percentile). That looks great. However, only 5 percent of the people employed in the private sector provided salary information. What this means is that those numbers represent 18 graduates (at most) out of a class of 376. . . .

The same kind of accurate but misleading information exists for the employment percentages reported by law schools. . . . [L]aw schools across the board have been advertising 90% to 100% employment rates in the past decade using all sorts of dubious methods.  Just about all this was "accurate."  Meanwhile, as elaborated here and here, the true underlying picture is that as many as a third or more of law graduates during this period did not land jobs as lawyers.



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