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.

March 23, 2016 Event – Judge Edith Jones (5th Cir.) presents “What’s a Judge to Do? A Survey of Dissents from Famous (and Infamous) Supreme Court Decisions”

Event: Judge Edith Jones (5th Cir.) presents “What’s a Judge to Do? A Survey of Dissents from Famous (and Infamous) Supreme Court Decisions”
Date: Wednesday, March 23, 2016
Time: Noon-1:00pm
LocationBelo Mansion, 2101 Ross Ave., Dallas, Texas 75201 (map)

Judge Edith Jones of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit will present, “What’s a Judge to Do? A Survey of Dissents from Famous (and Infamous) Supreme Court Cases.” Her address will discuss challenges facing jurists in light of recent Supreme Court decisions.

CLE credit will be available. Open to the public.

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.