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FedSoc Supreme Court Preview 9/27 in D.C.

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by Publius
Posted August 24, 2012, 10:12 AM

October 1st marks the first day of the 2012 Supreme Court term. Thus far the docket includes major cases about affirmative action, international law and the alien tort statute, national security, criminal law, and others.  A few notable cases include Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin, concerning a public university use of race in undergraduate admissions decisions and the Equal Protection Clause; Kiobel v. Royal Dutch Petroleum, about the application of the Alien Tort Statute to human rights abuses abroad, and whether the statute covers corporations; Clapper v. Amnesty International USA, regarding the right to challenge the constitutionality of a global terrorism wiretapping program; Amgen Inc. v. Connecticut Retirement Plans and Trust Funds, concerning the proof that investors need to pursue a securities fraud claim by class-action lawsuit; and Florida v. Harris and Florida v. Jardines, about police use of a drug-sniffing dog to search the exterior of a private residence under the Fourth Amendment, and whether the dog’s “alert” constitutes probable cause for search of a private vehicle.  The Court is also likely to add other significant cases, including a case filed by proponents of California’s “Proposition 8” challenge, which now has a cert petition pending. In addition to these cases and others, the panelists will discuss the current composition and the future of the Court, a particularly timely topic in light of the upcoming Presidential election.

On September 27, 2012, the Federalist Society will be hosting a panel on the October term.

Featuring:

  • Mr. Tom Goldstein, Founding Partner, Goldstein & Russell P.C.
  • Prof. Nicholas Quinn Rosenkranz, Professor of Law, Georgetown University Law Center
  • Ms. Carrie Severino, Chief Counsel and Policy Director, Judicial Crisis Network
  • Mr. Stuart Taylor, Columnist, National Journal
  • Hon. Kenneth L. Wainstein, Partner, Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft
  • Moderator: Mr. Pete Williams, NBC News Justice Correspondent

Start : Thursday, September 27, 2012 12:00 PM

End   : Thursday, September 27, 2012 2:30 PM

Location: National Press Club, 529 14th Street NW, Washington, DC 20045

Registration details: The cost to attend this event is $25. Lunch will be included. There is no cost for press. Please register online as space is limited.

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Upcoming Book Signing with Justice Scalia 9/18 in NYC

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by Publius
Posted August 22, 2012, 11:02 AM

The Federalist Society's New York City Lawyers Chapter cordially invites you to a luncheon and book signing with the Honorable Antonin Scalia.  
 
Justice Antonin Scalia will discuss his new book (co-authored with Bryan A. Garner), Reading Law: The Interpretation of Legal Texts. A book signing will follow. Here are the details:
 
Date: Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Time:
11:30 a.m. - Registration
12:00 p.m. - Lunch & Discussion
(Book signing to follow.)

Location:
New York Athletic Club, 180 Central Park South, New York, NY 10019
 
Cost:
The cost of the luncheon is $50. Students may pay a discounted rate of $25.
(No refunds will be given after September 14.)
 
Books will be available for purchase.
 
Space is limited. Pre-registration is required. Click here to register today.

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FedSoc Teleforum Tomorrow 7/17 - Randy Barnett on Obamacare

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by Publius
Posted July 16, 2012, 3:50 PM

With several weeks time to reflect on the U.S. Supreme Court's health care case, Professor Randy Barnett will discuss the commerce clause, tax power and Medicaid decisions, and their implications. 

Featuring:

Agenda:

Call begins at 2:00 p.m. Eastern Time.

Registration details:

Teleforum calls are open to all dues paying members of the Federalist Society. To become a member, sign up here. As a member, you should receive email announcements of upcoming Teleforum calls which contain the conference call phone number. If you are not receiving those email announcements, please contact us at 202-822-8138.

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D.C. Young Lawyers 2012 Summer Reception July 31

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by Publius
Posted July 03, 2012, 9:02 AM

The Federalist Society D.C. Young Lawyers Chapter presents:

Hon. Paul D. Clement
Partner, Bancroft PLLC
Former Solicitor General of the United States (2004-2008)

Start : Tuesday, July 31, 2012 7:00 PM

End   : Tuesday, July 31, 2012 9:00 PM

Location: Smith & Wollensky, 1112 19th Street NW, Washington, DC 20036

Registration details:

Cost: $20 per person

Drinks and heavy hors d'oeuvres will be served.

You must pre-register to attend. No refunds will be given after Friday, July 27.

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FedSoc Teleforum on Health Care Decision with David Rivkin Today 6/28

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by Publius
Posted June 28, 2012, 12:28 PM

Today at 4 pm ET the Federalist Society's Federalism & Separation of Powers Practice Group will be hosting a Teleforum on the Obamacare decision.

NFIB v Sebelius, the health care case, has been decided by the U.S. Supreme Court.  The Court has determined that the individual mandate exceeds the Commerce Clause power of Congress, but can be upheld under the taxing power.  The Medicaid expansion provision was upheld, but the Court ruled that Congress could not take back Medicaid funds from states that decide to not participate in the expansion.  Join us as David Rivkin, the litigator who began this important case by filing the lawsuit in federal district court on behalf of numerous states and the NFIB, explains the decision and the dissents.

Registration details:

Teleforum calls are open to all dues paying members of the Federalist Society. To become a member, sign up here. As a member, you should receive email announcements of upcoming Teleforum calls which contain the conference call phone number. If you are not receiving those email announcements, please contact us at 202-822-8138.

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Teleforum Tomorrow 6/25 on “Arizona v. United States: Enforcing Immigration Laws”

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by Publius
Posted June 25, 2012, 4:32 PM

This week, the U.S. Supreme Court handed down its decision in the highly anticipated immigration case, Arizona v. U.S. The Court’s decision was split, striking down some sections of Arizona’s law, but upholding others. Our experts will provide information the future of immigration law enforcement and the division of authority between the Federal and state governments.

Tomorrow June 25, FedSoc's Civil Rights Practice Group will be hosting a teleforum on the case. 

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Agenda:

Call begins at 1:00 p.m. Eastern Time.

Registration details:

Teleforum calls are open to all dues paying members of the Federalist Society. To become a member, sign up here. As a member, you should receive email announcements of upcoming Teleforum calls which contain the conference call phone number. If you are not receiving those email announcements, please contact us at 202-822-8138.

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Upcoming Los Angeles Chapter Event: Calif. Supreme Court Roundup

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by Publius
Posted June 06, 2012, 10:54 AM

Three experienced appellate advocates will review the California Supreme Court's most significant decisions in 2011-12, in a discussion led by former Justice Carlos Moreno in Century City.

Speakers:

  • Rex Heinke, Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP
  • Lisa Jaskol, Public Counsel Law Center
  • Jeremy B. Rosen, Horvitz & Levy LLP
  • Hon. Carlos R. Moreno (Moderator), Irell & Manella LLP and former Associate Justice, California Supreme Court

Start : Tuesday, June 12, 2012 12:00 PM

End   : Tuesday, June 12, 2012 1:30 PM

Location: 2029 Century Park East, Concourse Level, Conference Room A, Los Angeles, California 90067

Registration details:

RSVP: Please respond by sending an email to lafedsoc@gmail.com if you wish to attend.

The cost of the luncheon is $15. Payment may be submitted in advance by mailing a check made payable to the Federalist Society to:
Andrew Pappas
Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP
333 South Grand Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90071

Payment (cash or checks only) will also be accepted at the door.

MCLE Credit: One Hour

This event is being co-sponsored by the Libertarian Law Council.

 

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Upcoming Event: “Health Care Reform’s Big Test: Commerce and the Constitution”

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by Publius
Posted June 04, 2012, 9:09 AM

As the nation awaits the Supreme Court’s soon-to-be-announced decision on the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act, the National Constitution Center’s Peter Jennings Project and The Constitutional Sources Project (ConSource) present a timely program in Philadelphia to illuminate the impact of this pivotal ruling.  Joined by other key experts, distinguished law professors Jack Balkin of Yale Law School and Randy Barnett of Georgetown Law Center will explore the decision’s real-world consequences on the Constitution and other legislation built on Commerce Clause power. This event will be moderated by award-winning journalist John Hockenberry.

Experts Include:

Stephanos Bibas, Professor of Law and Criminology and Director of the Supreme Court Clinic at the University of Pennsylvania Law School
Jamal Greene, Associate Professor at Columbia Law School and a former clerk for Justice John Paul Stevens
Ilya Shapiro, Senior Fellow in Constitutional Studies at the Cato Institute and Editor-in-Chief of the Cato Supreme Court Review
Neil Siegel, Professor of Law and Political Science and co-director of the Program in Public Law at Duke University School of Law

Location:

F.M. Kirby Auditorium, National Constitution Center, 525 Arch St., Independence Mall, Philadelphia, PA

To register, click here.

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Upcoming Teleforum on Benefit-Cost Analysis in Rulemaking

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by Publius
Posted May 11, 2012, 11:08 AM

On Monday, May 14, FedSoc's Administrative Law & Regulation Practice Group will be hosting a teleforum on Benefit-Cost Analysis (BCA) has been embraced by every President since Richard Nixon as a general purpose tool for evaluating the merits of administrative decisions, even while it has been assigned a subordinate role – or no role at all – in the statutory frameworks for making those decisions.  One consequence is that we have a voluminous record of BCA performance in the executive branch, but only a handful of cases in which it has played an important role in judicial review of rules.  Now, amid widespread claims that federal regulation is contributing to America’s continuing economic troubles, BCA is getting more attention.  As practiced, does it give an accurate picture of the economic consequences of regulatory actions?  Should we rely on it or require it, more than we do, to guide administrative discretion?  Our two experts will talk about the state of the art and current BCA controversies in energy and environmental regulation, and in financial regulation.

Featuring:

Agenda:

Call begins at 12:00 noon Eastern Time.

Registration details:

Teleforum calls are open to all dues paying members of the Federalist Society. To become a member, sign up here. As a member, you should receive email announcements of upcoming Teleforum calls which contain the conference call phone number. If you are not receiving those email announcements, please contact us at 202-822-8138.

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Upcoming Panel on John Inazu’s “Liberty’s Refuge: The Forgotten Freedom of Assembly” May 8

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by Publius
Posted May 02, 2012, 8:20 AM

Ask Americans what they think the First Amendment protects, and they will tell you “freedom of speech.”  Some will also mention “freedom of religion.”  But few if any will think of “freedom of assembly.”  In his provocative new book, Liberty’s Refuge, The Forgotten Freedom of Assembly, Washington University School of Law’s John Inazu argues that this is an important loss.

During the past decade, courts have struggled to reconcile anti-discrimination statutes with claims by private organizations to First Amendment protection for decisions regarding their missions and membership.  Can the Boy Scouts expel a gay Scoutmaster? (Boy Scouts of America v. Dale)  Can a state law school deny official recognition to a religious club that requires members to affirm certain beliefs regarding homosexuality? (Christian Legal Society v. Martinez)  In resolving these questions courts have frequently invoked the freedom of "expressive association," a phrase that appears nowhere in the text of the First Amendment but has been a part of judicial doctrine since the mid-twentieth century.  Professor Inazu argues that this "expressive association" mode of analysis is at least in part responsible for what he argues is inadequate protection for associational autonomy--and that a return to the more textually and historically grounded "right of the people peaceably to assemble" is necessary to recapture the benefits of a meaningful pluralism.  The Constitution contemplated forcefully dissenting political and expressive groups that would serve as a check on majority rule’s tendency to turn into a force for stifling conformity.  To maintain an environment in which these groups will flourish, Inazu contends, our First Amendment jurisprudence must recover a more robust conception of associational autonomy grounded in a better understanding of the centrality and breadth of the assembly right.  

Is a more robust conception of associational autonomy desirable?  Is it what the Constitution contemplates What about the rights of individuals or groups excluded from participation as a result of private discrimination What is the proper balance between social equality and organizational autonomy?  Join the Federalist Society and the American Enterprise Institute as we explore these and other questions in a panel discussion of John Inazu’s thoughtful new book.

Details:

Start : Tuesday, May 8, 2012 4:30 PM

End   : Tuesday, May 8, 2012 6:30 PM

Panelists:

Location: American Enterprise Institute, 1150 17th St NW, Floor 12, Washington, DC 20036

Please register through the American Enterprise Institute's event webpage.

There is no charge for this event.

Teleforum This Friday on Arizona Immigration Case

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by Publius
Posted April 24, 2012, 9:50 AM

This week, the U.S. Supreme Court will hold oral arguments in the much talked about immigration law case, Arizona v. United States.  At issue is the constitutionality of Arizona's statute, S.B. 1070.  Does the statute cross the line into territory that has been pre-empted by federal law?  Or, as the law's proponents argue, is the statute a proper exercise of the state's police power?  After providing their analysis of the case, our experts will take questions from callers.  The call will feature Prof. John C. Eastman of Chapman University School of Law and Margaret D. Stock of Lane Powell PC.

Details:

Start : Friday, April 27, 2012 1:00 PM

End   : Friday, April 27, 2012 2:00 PM

Teleforum calls are open to all dues-paying members of the Federalist Society. To become a member, sign up here. As a member, you should receive email announcements of upcoming Teleforum calls which contain the conference call phone number. If you are not receiving those email announcements, please contact us at 202-822-8138.

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John Stossel to Speak at FedSoc D.C. Luncheon May 3rd

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by Publius
Posted April 19, 2012, 12:31 PM

On May 3, 2012 the Federalist Society will host a D.C. luncheon at which John Stossel will speak about his new book, No, They Can't: Why Government Fails-But Individuals Succeed.

Details below:

Start : Thursday, May 3, 2012 12:00 PM

End   : Thursday, May 3, 2012 1:30 PM

Location: Tony Cheng's Restaurant, 619 H St. NW (Gallery Place Metro)

Copies of the book will be available for purchase and Mr. Stossel will be available for signing at the conclusion of the lunch.

The cost is $15.00 for members and $20.00 for guests.

Space is limited, so please register online now.

Please call (202) 822-8138 with any questions.

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IHS to Hold Online Conference for Potential Law Professors

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by Justin Shubow
Posted April 17, 2012, 10:35 AM

Kosmos Online, a project of the Institute for Humane Studies, will be holding an online conference for law students considering entering legal academia:

The seminar will consist of five one hour sessions held on weeknight evenings in May. Over the course of the program, presenters will offer advice on researching, networking, the job market, vitae building, and learning to think like a successful future academic. You can also look forward to practical advice about how to flourish during your time in law school.

Presentations will include:

  • Legal Academic Publishing with David Bernstein, professor at GMU Law School
  • Making the Most of Your Time in Law School with Ilya Somin, professor at GMU Law School
  • The AALS Process with Lee Liberman Otis, Senior Vice President & Director of the Federalist Society's Faculty Division

The conference will also feature current research discussions where students can receive feedback on their work from top law professors.

Teleforum Tomorrow: The Fisher Case: Mismatch & the Future of Affirmative Action

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by Publius
Posted April 17, 2012, 8:23 AM

Tomorrow, April 17, at 1 p.m. ET, FedSoc's Civil Rights Practice Group will be holding a teleforum on a new Supreme Court affirmative action case.  Fisher v. University of Texas comes before the Court just as an unprecedented number of scholars have published work directly or indirectly calling into question some of the basic assumptions of affirmative action policies. Is the Supreme Court poised to make more fundamental changes to affirmative action in higher education than it did in either Bakke (1978) or Grutter and Gratz (2003)? Does Fisher have the markings of a landmark U.S. Supreme Court case?  Professor Richard Sander of UCLA will give an overview of this research and discuss its implications for Fisher.

Please note that the teleforum is open only to dues-paying FedSoc members.  You can join the Federalist Society here.

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DC Young Lawyers Chapter After Work Social 4/25

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by Publius
Posted April 13, 2012, 4:03 PM

Please join the DC Young Lawyers Chapter for food, drinks, and good company at the next after-work social on Wednesday April 25.

Start : Wednesday, April 25, 2012 6:00 PM

End   : Wednesday, April 25, 2012 8:00 PM

Location: The Irish Whiskey, 1207 19th Street NW

Registration details: Hors d'oeuvres will be provided and the first 50 people to register online will receive a FREE drink ticket.

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