Alliance Defending Freedom: It’s days away: The Supreme Court’s marriage decision is expected to come down on June 29.
Ed Whelan at National Review: “I’m grateful to be the keynote dinner speaker at a March 31 symposium, titled ‘Dictating Conscience: Law as a Cultural Weapon,’ at the University of Pennsylvania law school.”
Blog of the Legal Times: In a speech today at the Federalist Society’s National Lawyers Convention, Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas) attacked the Obama administration’s record before the U.S. Supreme Court, characterizing the Justice Department’s positions as “radical advocacy for unchecked federal authority.”
Federalist Society: The Federalist Society’s 2013 National Lawyers Convention is scheduled for Thursday, November 14 through Saturday, November 16 at the Mayflower Hotel in Washington, D.C. The topic of this year’s convention is: Textualism and the Role of Judges.
The Federalist Society’s 2013 National Lawyers Convention is scheduled for Thursday, November 14 through Saturday, November 16 at the Mayflower Hotel in Washington, D.C. The topic of this year’s convention is: Textualism and the Role of Judges. More information here.
Same-Sex Marriage: A Variety of Perspectives on United States v. Windsor and Hollingsworth v. Perry | Federalist Society Symposium
John C. Eastman, Ilya Shapiro, Dale A. Carpenter, Nelson Lund are featured in this Federalist Society Symposium.
Jordan Lorence at Speak Up Movement University Blog: I attended the annual banquet of the Federalist Society Thursday night in Washington D.C., and learned about increasing efforts by law schools to restrict the number of debates Fed Soc sponsors on law school campuses around the nation.
The debate was sponsored by the Federalist Society and is here. The video runs just over 80 minutes.
Kansas Law Free Press: The KU Federalist Society, KU OutLAWS and Allies, and KC Legal are pleased to announce this year’s inaugural event, “The Case for Same Sex Marriage: Practicum and Practice.” We are fortunate to have two respected speakers who will each give their arguments for the legalization of same-sex marriage. KU Federalist Society is proud to welcome Professor Dale Carpenter. Professor Carpenter is an Earl R. Larson Professor of Civil Rights and Civil Liberties Law at University of Minnesota. He will be discussing the “Conservative Case for Gay Marriage” with Dale Schowengerdt. Schowengerdt is a seasoned litigator who has worked with the Alliance Defense Fund since 2003. | Dale Carpenter has a related post at the Volokh Conspiracy announcing the forum.
Bronx Cheer? Evaluating NYC’s Exclusion of Private Religious Speech on Public Property | The Cornell Law School Federalist Society
The Cornell Law School Federalist Society: The Cornell Federalist Society will be hosting Jordan Lorence, Lead counsel in Bronx Household of Faith v. Board of Education of New York, to discuss the case and its ramifications on Constitutional issues.
The Federalist Society: The Obama Administration recently mounted a high-profile campaign against bullying in public schools, staging a White House conference on bullying prevention, featuring the President and first lady; creating a White House anti-bullying website, stopbullying.gov; and issuing new regulatory guidance ostensibly to combat this problem.
Federalist Society Podcast on the Government’s Duty to Defend the Law — And A Few More Thoughts on the Decision Not to Defend DOMA
Orin Kerr writes at the Volokh Conspiracy: “The Federalist Society had an interesting podcast on the issue back in October that you can listen to here. It lasts 40 minutes, and it features Walter Dellinger, John Eastman, John Baker, and Dean Reuter.”
David B. Rivkin Jr. and Lee A. Casey writing in the Wall Street Journal [full text via Google News]: “Last week, liberal activists at Common Cause called on the United States Justice Department to investigate Supreme Court Justices Antonin Scalia and Clarence Thomas for a supposed ethical lapse . . . Common Cause got its facts wrong. The Justices did not disclose reimbursements by the Kochs because they were actually the guests of the nonpartisan Federalist Society (a regular sponsor of public debates and speeches on legal and policy issues), which they did report.”
An Abortion Exception to the First Amendment? Evaluating Recent Efforts to Regulate Speech About Pregnancy Options
“Abortion is a highly-charged and intensely-debated issue. Partisans on both sides believe abortion implicates fundamental human rights, with abortion supporters comparing abortion prohibitions to slavery, and abortion opponents comparing a permissive abortion regime to the holocaust. Some people believe so strongly that abortion should be available that they endure protests, threats, and physical violence to provide a service they deem critically important. Others refuse to refer or provide for abortions under any circumstances.”
Federalist Society: “Speakers: Jonathan Adler, Professor of Law, Case Western Reserve University; Mark Strasser, Professor of Law, Capital University Law School; Edward Whelan, President of the Ethics and Public Policy Center . . . Does the Fourteenth Amendment require states to recognize same-sex marriages? A recent California federal district court case said that it does. Now the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals is taking up the question, and the U.S. Supreme Court might do so in the near future, too. Our panel of experts will consider what the Constitution requires with respect to this controversial issue.”
Robert Barnes writing in The Washington Post: “Here’s how it went down on the Federalist Society stage at the group’s recent national convention: The liberals urged caution and judicial modesty . . . The conservatives, on the other hand, called for revolution. Fight intrusive federal laws in the courts, amend the Constitution, form interstate compacts to defy laws from Washington, and – better yet – demand a constitutional convention.”
Blog of LegalTimes: “Thursday marks the beginning of the annual national convention of the Federalist Society, which every November offers its members the chance to debate ideas, see old friends and network with new contacts. This year’s meeting has the advantage of coming barely two weeks after the Republicans’ victories in the midterm elections.”
Virginia Law Weekly: “On Monday, the Law School hosted Jordan Lorence of the Alliance Defense Fund and Matt McGill of Gibson Dunn for a debate on Proposition 8, California’s recently passed constitutional amendment banning gay marriage. A U.S. District Court recently held that Proposition 8 violated the 14th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution in Perry v. Schwarzenegger. The 9th Circuit will hear the case on appeal on Dec. 6.”
Jeremy B. Rosen, Thomas F. Gede, Federalist Society: “With Chief Justice George’s imminent retirement and replacement by California Court of Appeal Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye, and the high likelihood that the Governor who is elected this November may have the ability to appoint a majority of the court during his or her term in office, this is a unique opportunity to consider the work, impact, and role of the California Supreme Court. In this paper, we highlight a few important areas of law (consumer class actions, property rights, arbitration, commercial speech, and employment) where the court has been strongly divided in recent years. In those areas of great importance to California’s businesses, workers and consumers, changes in the court’s personnel therefore could result in changes in the law that push the court away from its current balance.”
Federalist Society SCOTUScast: “On June 24, 2010, the Supreme Court announced its decision in Doe v. Reed. In this case, the Court was asked whether compelled disclosure of signatory information on a referendum petition violated the First Amendment. … To discuss the case, we have the Capital University Law School Josiah H. Blackmore II and Shirley M. Nault Designated Professor of Law Bradley A. Smith.”
FedSoc Blog: “At this critical moment in the progress of NPV’s legislation, The Federalist Society’s Federalism & Separation of Powers Practice Group and The Cato Institute’s Center for Constitutional Studies will co-host a debate between Ms. Tara Ross, author of Enlightened Democracy: The Case for the Electoral College, and Hon. Jamin Raskin, Maryland State Senator and Professor of Constitutional Law at American University, Washington College of Law, over whether the Electoral College should be retained and whether the potential benefits of NPV’s solution outweigh its possible detriments. Dr. Roger Pilon, Vice President for Legal Affairs of The Cato Institute, will moderate. The event will be held at 12:00 PM, Thursday, July 8, 2010, at The Cato Institute. Please click here for further details and registration information.”
Blog of the Legal Times: “But it was a former Harvard Federalist Society president, now a Republican political consultant, who captured most of the spotlight. Sarah Isgur, a 2008 graduate of the law school, had high praise for Kagan’s assistance in ‘helping me get the Federalist Society to the level I felt was needed.’ According to Isgur, Kagan encouraged the conservative student group to give an award that would bring conservative leaders to campus so students could interact with them and build relationships.”
Becket Fund: The Federalist Society’s Religious Liberties Practice Group, The Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, and The Cato Institute Present: Christian Legal Society v. Martinez on Wed. April 14, 2010, 12:00 noon – 2 pm. at the National Press Club in Washington D.C.
CLE Presentation Tonight at Ariz. State U.: “Should Morality Be Legislated: Human Cloning and Embryonic Stem Cell Research”
THURSDAY, March 4, 2010
Alliance Defense Fund attorneys will participate in three law school debates next week sponsored by campus chapters of The Federalist Society on the subject of the U.S. Supreme Court case Christian Legal Society v. Martinez.
Ilya Somin writes at the Volokh Conspiracy: “The ongoing discussion over the law firm partner who decided to reject all job applicants with Federalist Society membership raises the question of how common discrimination against Federalist Society members really is in the law firm world . . . ”
Ilya Somin at the Volokh Conspiracy: “Interested readers may want to check out the Federalist Society National Lawyers Convention, which will be held in Washington DC this week, Thursday to Saturday. At least two Conspirators will be speaking on various panels (Randy Barnett and yours truly). The full schedule is available here. ”
Eugene Volokh writes at the Volokh Conspiracy: “If you’re a young law professor with Federalist Society sympathies, you should definitely apply; the fellowship will fund a semester-long research leave, though you won’t be expected to move anywhere physically during the leave.”
“Pulpit Freedom” debate with Barry Lynn, Americans United for Separation of Church and State; Professor Donald Tobin, Ohio State University Moritz College of Law; and Professor Douglas Laycock, University of Michigan School of Law
Federalist Society: This event is co-sponsored by The Alliance Defense Fund . . . Our panel will examine the application of the Johnson Amendment to religious ministers in their preaching duties during worship services. Does the Johnson Amendment constrain clergy from effectively imparting messages integral to their faith, or is it an appropriate safeguard to ensure that churches and government limit their respective activities?
CitizenLink: “The Alliance Defense Fund (ADF) and The Federalist Society are co-sponsoring a luncheon and debate May 20 at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. Legal experts will debate an important question: Does the 1954 Johnson Amendment violate the U.S. Constitution and federal law by requiring a pastor to refrain from addressing candidates and elections in light of Scripture or church doctrine during a sermon?”
Ann Southworth has this post on the Volokh Conspiracy discussing her new book: “The book is an account of lawyers’ roles in the conservative movement and class and cultural conflict among them. It analyzes these lawyers’ characteristics, values, professional identities, …
Greetings! Between the lawyers chapter and the student chapters, we’ve got quite a few amazing opportunities and speakers this spring; please take the time to review these events and mark your calendars. Please feel free to share this email with …
ADF is co-sponsoring a Federalist Society conference titled: The Things That Are Not Caesar’s: Religious Organizations as a Check on the Authoritarian Pretensions of the State Speakers include: John Garvey, Patrick McKinley Brennan, Kenneth Grasso, Carl H. Esbeck, Nicholas Wolterstorff, …