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 27, 2017 Event – Annual Supreme Court Round-up with Kannon Shanmugam

Event: Annual Supreme Court Round-up with Kannon Shanmugam
Date: Thursday, July 27, 2017
Time: Noon-1:00pm
LocationBelo Mansion, 2101 Ross Ave., Dallas, Texas 75201 (map)

Mr. Shanmugam is a partner in the D.C. office of Williams & Connolly, LLP, and has argued 20 cases before the Supreme Court of the United States, as well as before most federal courts of appeals.

Prior to joining Williams & Connolly, LLP, Mr. Shanmugam was an Assistant to the Solicitor General in the Department of Justice, and a law clerk to Justice Antonin Scalia on the Supreme Court and Judge Michael Luttig on the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals.

He is a 1993 graduate of Harvard University (A.B., summa cum laude), a 1995 graduate of University of Oxford, M. Litt., where he was a Marshall Scholar, and earned his J.D. in 1998 from Harvard Law School (magna cum laude) where he was Executive Editor for the Harvard Law Review.

CLE credit will be available.

 

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.