February 12, 2020 – Impeachment with Hon. Kenneth W. Starr

Event: Impeachment with Hon. Kenneth W. Starr
Date: Wednesday, February 12, 2020
Time: Noon-1:00pm
Location: Belo Mansion, 2101 Ross Ave., Dallas, Texas 75201 (map)
CLE Credit: One hour of CLE credit available

Kenneth Starr is a former United States Federal Court of Appeals Judge, U.S. Solicitor General, and Independent Counsel. He is the former President and Chancellor of Baylor University where he held the Louise L. Morrison Chair of Constitutional Law at Baylor University Law School.

​CLE credit will be available.

January 21, 2020 – Regulatory Policy in the Trump Administration with Jeffrey Harris

Event: Regulatory Policy in the Trump Administration with Jeffrey Harris
Date: Tuesday, January 21, 2020
Time: Noon-1:00pm
Location: Belo Mansion, 2101 Ross Ave., Dallas, Texas 75201 (map)
CLE Credit: One hour of CLE credit available

Jeffrey Harris is an experienced litigator who focuses on constitutional, appellate, and regulatory matters. He is currently a partner at Consovoy McCarthy Park PLLC. In 2015, he was named to the Legal Times list of “D.C.’s Rising Stars,” which identified “some of the most accomplished young attorneys in the D.C. area.” Mr. Harris previously served as Associate Administrator of the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA). In that role, he was second in charge of the 50-person office within the Executive Office of the President that reviews all significant federal regulatory actions and coordinates regulatory policy across the federal government.

Before his government service, Mr. Harris was a partner at Bancroft PLLC and Kirkland & Ellis LLP, where his practice focused on Supreme Court, appellate, and complex litigation. Mr. Harris has extensive experience litigating before the U.S. Supreme Court. He has been the lead drafter of more than 100 merits briefs, amicus briefs, and certiorari-stage briefs, and he has contributed to 10 wins in cases before the Court.

Mr. Harris has also litigated numerous high-profile cases in the federal courts of appeals, federal and state trial courts, administrative agencies, and arbitral tribunals. He has successfully argued before the U.S. Courts of Appeals for the Sixth, Ninth, Eleventh, and D.C. Circuits, achieving wins on behalf of airlines, telecommunications providers, and pro bono clients. He has also argued numerous dispositive motions in federal district court and has participated in the trial of a significant voting rights case.

Mr. Harris served as a law clerk to Chief Justice John G. Roberts, Jr., of the U.S. Supreme Court, and Judges David Sentelle and Laurence Silberman of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit. He earned his J.D. magna cum laude from Harvard Law School and his A.B. magna cum laude from Georgetown University. He is a member of the District of Columbia and Virginia bars.

​CLE credit will be available.

December 3, 2019 – Atticus Finch and Civil Discourse with Talmage Boston

Event: Atticus Finch and Civil Discourse with Talmage Boston
Date: Tuesday, December 3, 2019
Time: Noon-1:00pm
LocationBelo Mansion, 2101 Ross Ave., Dallas, Texas 75201 (map)
CLE Credit: One hour of ethics CLE credit available

The popular literary character Atticus Finch provides an evergreen example for attorneys in engaging in civil discourse, even (or especially) in a society that doesn’t always value productive exchanges between differing perspectives.  Join us for a look into the characteristics that should accompany our legal and political discussions.

Talmage Boston is a partner at Shackelford, Bowen, McKinley & Norton who handles commercial litigation in both trials and appeals. During his 40-year career, he has successfully represented clients in state and federal court lawsuits and arbitrations involving oil and gas, real estate, banking, intellectual property, partnership disputes. He has successfully tried many jury trials throughout Texas and prevailed in appellate courts all over the state including the Texas Supreme Court and the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. In 2019, Talmage received the prestigious Terry Lee Grantham Memorial Award from the Texas Bar Foundation which is given annually to the Texas lawyer who is “an accomplished, talented, and dedicated Texas lawyer who is a servant of the profession and a dedicated advocate.”

​CLE Ethics 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.

February 23, 2016 Event – Hurtful & Demeaning Speech on the College Campus with Jack Weiss

Event: Hurtful & Demeaning Speech on the College Campus with Jack Weiss
Date: Tuesday, February 23, 2016
Time: Noon-1:00pm
LocationBelo Mansion, 2101 Ross Ave., Dallas, Texas 75201 (map)

 The Supreme Court has held repeatedly that protection of offensive speech is a bedrock First Amendment principle.  But recently, university students are demanding—and some administrators seem to be promising—university environments that are “safe” from hurtful and harmful speech.  On December 9, the Dallas Lawyers Chapter of The Federalist Society will host a lunch presentation by Chancellor Jack Weiss, who will discuss the doctrinal framework that informs this important constitutional debate.

          Jack Weiss is Chancellor Emeritus and Professor of Law at the LSU Paul M. Hebert Law Center. He teaches courses in First Amendment Rights of Expression and Association, Media Law, and Comparative Media Law.  From 2007 to 2015, Mr. Weiss served as Chancellor (Dean) of the Law Center.  He is a Scholar-in-Residence at Columbia Law School for the current academic year.

From 1998 to 2007, Mr. Weiss was a partner in the New York office of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher, LLP.  Mr. Weiss served as principal outside publication counsel for The Wall Street Journal.  From 1975 to 1998, Mr. Weiss practiced law in New Orleans, where he represented many major publishing and broadcast clients.

Mr. Weiss served as law clerk to Chief Justice Warren E. Burger for the 1972 Term and previously as law clerk to Fifth Circuit Judge John Minor Wisdom.  He received his law degree magna cum laude from Harvard Law School and his undergraduate degree cum laude with high honors in English Literature from Yale University.

Open to the public and CLE credit available.

January 27, 2016 Event – Litigating Liberty: Using Federal Courts to Constrain a Post-Constitutional Federal Executive Branch

Event: Litigating Liberty: Using Federal Courts to Constrain a Post-Constitutional Federal Executive Branch with Brantley Starr
Date: Wednesday, January 27, 2015
Time: Noon-1:00pm
LocationBelo Mansion, 2101 Ross Ave., Dallas, Texas 75201 (map)

The Dallas Chapter of the Federalist Society will be hosting a talk by Brantley Starr on Wednesday, January 27, at noon at the Belo Mansion.  Mr. Starr will be discussing his work challenging several actions by the Obama Administration.

Mr. Starr is the Deputy Attorney for Legal Counsel at the Office of the Texas Attorney General, where he oversees, among other things, the Special Litigation Division.  He was previously an Assistant Solicitor General of Texas, law clerk to Justice Don Willett of the Texas Supreme Court, and staff attorney to Justice Eva Guzman of the Texas Supreme Court.

CLE credit will be available. Open to the public.

December 9, 2015 Event – Discussion on Iran Nuclear Deal with Jamil Jaffer

Event: Discussion on Iran Nuclear Deal with Jamil Jaffer
Date: Wednesday, December 9, 2015
Time: Noon-1:00pm
LocationBelo Mansion, 2101 Ross Ave., Dallas, Texas 75201 (map)

On December 9 at noon at the Belo Mansion, we will be hosting a talk by Jamil N. Jaffer, Director of the Homeland and National Security Law Program at the George Mason University School of Law and former Chief Counsel to the U.S. Senate Committee on Foreign Relations.  He will be discussing the Iran nuclear deal.

November 18, 2015 Event – “Three Texas-Sized Election Law Cases” with Professor Derek Muller

Event: “Three Texas-Sized Election Law Cases” with Professor Derek Muller
Date: Wednesday, November 18, 2015
Time: Noon-1:00pm
LocationBelo Mansion, 2101 Ross Ave., Dallas, Texas 75201 (map)

Join us to hear from Professor Derek Muller, Associate Professor of Law at Pepperdine School of Law, about election law litigation coming out of the state of Texas with national implications.  These cases could have an impact not only on the 2016 Presidential election, but for years beyond.

The event is open to the public. CLE credit will be available.

October 16, 2015 Event – A Panel Discussion on Emerging Issues under the 2nd Amendment

Event: A Panel Discussion on Emerging Issues under the 2nd Amendment
Date: Friday, October 16, 2015
Time: Noon-1:00pm
LocationBelo Mansion, 2101 Ross Ave., Dallas, Texas 75201 (map)

The Dallas Chapter of the Federalist Society will be co-hosting an event with the Dallas Democratic Forum on Friday, October 16, at noon at the Belo Mansion. The event will be a panel discussion on emerging legal issues and policy concerns regarding gun ownership, featuring a diverse range of perspectives.

The panel will include Alan Gura of Gura & Possessky, P.L.L.C., who argued District of Columbia v. Heller and McDonald v. Chicago before the U.S. Supreme Court; Andrew Oldham, the Deputy General Counsel to Governor Greg Abbott and a former law clerk to Justice Samuel Alito; Carl Cecere of Cecere, PC, who was part of the team representing the District of Columbia in Heller; and Marsha Fishman, a Board Member of Organizing for Action and a gun control activist. The panel will be moderated by Professor Frederick Moss of SMU Dedman School of Law.

July 22, 2015 Event – Supreme Court Roundup with Allyson N. Ho

Event: Supreme Court Roundup with Allyson N. Ho
Date: Wednesday, July 22, 2015
Time: Noon-1:00pm
LocationBelo Mansion, 2101 Ross Ave., Dallas, Texas 75201 (map)

Please join us Wednesday, July 22, at noon at the Belo Mansion for our annual “Supreme Court Roundup” – a review of the notable decisions issued during the recently concluded term of the Supreme Court of the United States.

Our guest speaker will be Allyson N. Ho, a partner in the Dallas office of Morgan, Lewis, & Bockius LLP. Ms. Ho clerked for US Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor and Judge Jacques L. Wiener Jr. of the US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. She also served as a special assistant to President George W. Bush and as a counselor to the US Attorney General.

CLE credit will be available.