May 24, 2017 Event – The Nomination of Justice Neil M. Gorsuch and the Future of the Supreme Court

Event: The Nomination of Justice Neil M. Gorsuch and the Future of the Supreme Court
Date: Wednesday, May 24, 2017
Time: Noon-1:00pm
Location: Haynes and Boone, LLP, 2323 Victory Avenue, Suite 700, Dallas, Texas (map)

(Note the location change. Lunch will be served.  The cost of lunch is $15 payable at the door.  Please RSVP to Elaine.Hadaway@haynesboone.com.)

Carrie Severino is chief counsel and policy director of the Judicial Crisis Network. In that capacity she has testified before Congress on assorted constitutional issues and briefed Senators on judicial nominations. Mrs. Severino was deeply involved with the confirmation of Justice Gorsuch, and was quoted extensively in the media throughout the process.

Until March 2010, Mrs. Severino was an Olin/Searle Fellow and a Dean’s Visiting Scholar at Georgetown University Law Center. She was previously a law clerk to U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas and to Judge David B. Sentelle of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit. She is a graduate of Harvard Law School, cum laude, of Duke University, and holds a Master’s degree in Linguistics from Michigan State University.

CLE Credit Will Be Available.

April 13, 2017 Event – Why the Immigration System is the Worst Part of the U.S. Government (and How to Fix It)

Event: Why the Immigration System is the Worst Part of the U.S. Government (and How to Fix It) with Ilya Shapiro
Date: Thursday, April 13, 2017
Time: Noon-1:00pm
LocationBelo Mansion, 2101 Ross Ave., Dallas, Texas 75201 (map)

Please join us as Ilya Shapiro, a senior fellow in constitutional studies at the Cato Institute and editor-in-chief of the Cato Supreme Court Review, speaks on reforming the immigration system. Before joining Cato, Mr. Shapiro was a special assistant/adviser to the Mutli-National Force in Iraq on rule-of-law issues and practiced at Patton Boggs and Cleary Gottlieb.

CLE Credit Will Be Available

March 7, 2017 Event – Resolved: U.S. Supreme Court Justices Should Be Subject To Term Limits

Event: Resolved: U.S. Supreme Court Justices Should Be Subject To Term Limits
Date: March 7, 2017
Time: 5:30 – 6:30 PM Reception; 6:30 – 8:00 PM Debate
Location: The Debate Chamber at Old Parkland, 3819 Maple Ave., Dallas, Texas
The Federalist Society, National Constitution Center, and the American Constitution Society are hosting a panel debate on whether United States Supreme Court Justices should be subject to term limits. RSVP is required; please go to http://www.fed-soc.org/events/detail/debate-us-supreme-court-justices-should-be-subject-to-term-limits to RSVP.
 
Speakers Include:
 
Ward Farnsworth, Dean
University of Texas School of Law
 
Alan Morrison
Lerner Family Associate Dean for
Public Interest and Public Service Law at GW Law
 
Stephen Vladeck, Professor
Univerity of Texas School of Law
 
John Eastman, Director
Center for Constitutional Jurisprudence
Chapman University Fowler School of Law

February 8, 2017 Event – The Case of Lance Corporal Monifa Sterling

Event: The Case of Lance Corporal Monifa Sterling by Geroge W. Hicks, Jr.
Date: Monday, December 12, 2016
Time: Noon-1:00pm
LocationBelo Mansion, 2101 Ross Ave., Dallas, Texas 75201 (map)

In 2014, Marine Corps Lance Corporal Monifa Sterling was convicted at a military court-martial for failing to obey an order to remove a Bible verse displayed in her personal workspace at her military installation. Sterling’s conviction was affirmed by the Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces, which addressed for the first time the nature and scope of RFRA’s applicability within the military. Should the Supreme Court grant certiorari, Sterling will be the first military religious freedom case it has considered in over three decades.

George W. Hicks, Jr., is a partner in the Washington, D.C. office of Kirkland and Ellis, LLP. Along with First Liberty Institute, he serves as Sterling’s co-counsel. Hick’s practice focuses primarily on Supreme Court and appellate matters before federal and state courts of appeals, involving a wide range of subjects including administrative law, bankruptcy, CERCLA, commercial law, due process, elections law, employment law, equal protection, ERISA, federal criminal law, the First Amendment, intellectual property, jurisdiction preemption, presidential power, and securities law.

Before joining Kirkland, Hicks was a partner at Bancroft PLLC. He served as a law clerk to Chief Justice Roberts of the U.S. Supreme Court and to Justice Janice Rogers Brown of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit. Hicks attended Harvard College and Harvard Law School.

December 12, 2016 Event – Texas v. United States: What Happens Now?

Event: Texas v. United States: What Happens Now?
Date: Monday, December 12, 2016
Time: Noon-1:00pm
LocationBelo Mansion, 2101 Ross Ave., Dallas, Texas 75201 (map)

Prerak Shah, Senior Counsel to the Attorney General of Texas, will address the future of Texas’s litigation over President Obama’s Deferred Action for Parents of Americans program.

Shah is a graduate of The University of Chicago Law School.  After law school, he clerked for Judge Jerry E. Smith of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit and then practiced appellate and constitutional law at Gibson, Dunn, & Crutcher LLP.  Before being appointed Senior Counsel, Mr. Shah worked in the Texas Solicitor General’s office.

November 10, 2016 Event – The Future of Religious Liberty

Event: The Future of Religious Liberty with Dr. Ryan Anderson and Matt Kacsmaryk
Date: Thursday, November 10, 2016
Time: Noon-1:00pm
LocationBelo Mansion, 2101 Ross Ave., Dallas, Texas 75201 (map)

Dr. Ryan Anderson and Matt Kacsmaryk will talk about the future of religious liberty in the United States.

Dr. Ryan Anderson is the William E. Simon Senior Research Fellow with The Heritage Foundation and is an expert on Religious Liberty, Protecting the Institution of Marriage, Protecting Life, Family and Marriage.

Matthew Kacsmaryk is the Deputy General Counsel of First Liberty Institute. He oversees First Liberty Institute’s education initiatives and policy advisory team. He has served as an Assistant United States Attorney for the Northern District of Texas from 2008 through 2013.

October 5, 2016 Event – The ABA’s New Speech Code for Lawyers

Event: The ABA’s New Speech Code for Lawyers by Andrew Oldham
Date: Wednesday, October 5, 2016
Time: Noon-1:00pm
LocationBelo Mansion, 2101 Ross Ave., Dallas, Texas 75201 (map)

Mr. Oldham will address the new provision of the Model Rules of Professional Conduct adopted by the American Bar Association in August 2016.  Some say the rule is needed to protect the integrity of the legal profession; others say it is tantamount to a speech code that subjects lawyers to discipline for addressing controversial topics or representing unpopular clients.

Andrew Oldham is Deputy General Counsel to Texas Governor Greg Abbott.  He previously served as Attorney General Abbott’s Deputy Solicitor General where he argued dozens of cases in state and federal courts, including two cases before the U.S. Supreme Court.  Before moving to Texas, Mr. Oldham clerked for Justice Samuel A. Alito, Jr. at the U.S. Supreme Court and Judge David B. Sentelle at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit.  Mr. Oldham also worked on a wide range of appellate and constitutional issues during his two-year tenure in the Office of Legal Counsel at the U.S. Department of Justice and while in private practice in Washington, D.C.  He is a graduate of Harvard Law School (magna cum laude), Cambridge University (M. Phil, first class), and the University of Virginia (B.A., highest honors).

 

September 12, 2016 Event – Magna Carta and the Path Forward to the Rule of Law

Event: Magna Carta and the Path Forward to the Rule of Law
Date: Monday, September 12, 2016
Time: Noon-1:00pm
LocationBelo Mansion, 2101 Ross Ave., Dallas, Texas 75201 (map)

The Dallas Chapter of the Federalist Society will host Charles Eskridge on Monday, September 12, at noon at the Belo Mansion. He will offer reflections on Magna Carta’s 800th Anniversary in England, along with observations and modern lessons on what it came to mean with respect to the rule of law and the protection of rights in America.

Charles Eskridge joined the international litigation firm of Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP as a partner in 2015 to help open their new Houston office. He was a partner for nearly twenty years with the commercial litigation firm of Susman Godfrey LLP, focusing his practice on complex, high-stakes commercial litigation in federal and state courts across the country on behalf of plaintiffs and defendants at both trial and on appeal.

Mr. Eskridge teaches Origins of the Federal Constitution as an Adjunct Professor of Law at the University of Houston Law Center. He served as a judicial clerk to Justice Byron White at the U.S. Supreme Court and to Chief Judge Charles Clark of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. He is a Sustaining Member of the American Law Institute, and is appointed to a Federal Judicial Evaluation Committee to screen candidates and assist the advice and consent of Texas’ Senators on prospective federal judges and U.S. Attorneys in Texas.

CLE credit will be available.

July 20, 2016 Event – Annual Supreme Court Round Up

Event: Annual Supreme Court Round Up presented by John Elwood
Date: Wednesday, July 20, 2016
Time: Noon-1:00pm
LocationBelo Mansion, 2101 Ross Ave., Dallas, Texas 75201 (map)

The Dallas Chapter of the Federalist Society will host an update on the Supreme Court’s cases from the past term with appellate litigator John Elwood on Wednesday, July 20, 2016 at noon at the Belo Mansion.

Mr. Elwood is a partner in the D.C. office of Vinson & Elkins, and has argued nine cases before the Supreme Court of the United States, as well as before most federal courts of appeals. His work has earned him recognition as one of Washington’s top Supreme Court lawyers (Washingtonian, 2013), as one of “a small group of lawyers” with an “outsized influence at the U.S. Supreme Court” (Reuters, 2014), and as one of the country’s most innovative lawyers (Financial Times, 2014). Chambers USA reports that “[t]he much-admired John Elwood is praised for his advocacy skills” (2013), and describes him as “phenomenal” (2014), “incredibly talented” (2012), and “a much-loved and widely respected lawyer who is quick on his feet” (2010). He is also a regular contributor to SCOTUSBlog.

Prior to joining V&E, Mr. Elwood was a law clerk to U.S. Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy and Judge Daniel Mahoney of the Second Circuit Court of Appeals; a Deputy Assistant Attorney General for the Office of Legal Counsel in the Department of Justice; and Assistant to the Solicitor General in the Department of Justice, where he was involved in many Supreme Court cases. He is a 1989 graduate of Princeton University (A.B., summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa), a 1990 graduate of King’s College (M.A., with distinction, first in class), and earned his J.D. in 1993 from Yale Law School where he was a Senior Editor for the Yale Law Journal.

CLE credit will be available.

June 1, 2016 Event – The Legacy of Justice Antonin Scalia by Ed Whelan

Event: The Legacy of Justice Antonin Scalia by Ed Whelan
Date: Wednesday, June 1, 2016
Time: Noon-1:00pm
LocationBelo Mansion, 2101 Ross Ave., Dallas, Texas 75201 (map)

The Dallas Chapter of the Federalist Society will host Ed Whelan on Wednesday, June 1, at noon at the Belo Mansion.  He will be discussing Justice Scalia’s legacy and the future of the Supreme Court.

Mr. Whelan is the President of the Ethics and Public Policy Center (EPPC) in Washington, D.C.  He is a leading commentator on nominations to the Supreme Court and the lower courts and on issues of constitutional law.  His essays, commentaries, and op-eds have appeared in the New York Times, the Washington Post, National Review Online, opinion journals, academic symposia, and law reviews.  In 2011, the National Law Journal named him among its “Champions and Visionaries” in the practice of law in D.C.

Prior to joining EPPC in 2004, Mr. Whelan was a law clerk to U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia and Judge J. Clifford Wallace of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals; a Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General for the Office of Legal Counsel in the Department of Justice; General Counsel to the U.S. Senate Committee on the Judiciary; Senior Vice President and Counselor to the General Counsel for Verizon Corporation; and a lawyer in private practice.  He is a 1981 honors graduate of Harvard College and earned his J.D. magna cum laude in 1985 from Harvard Law School where he was a member of the Board of Editors of the Harvard Law Review.

CLE credit will be available.