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.

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.

May 12, 2015 Event – The Texas Bill of Rights with Justice Michael C. Massengale

Event: The Texas Bill of Rights with Justice Michael C. Massengale
Date: Tuesday, May 12, 2015
Time: Noon-1:00pm
LocationBelo Mansion, 2101 Ross Ave., Dallas, Texas 75201 (map)

Justice Massengale of the First Court of Appeals and the curator of the Texas Constitution History blog will review the history of the Texas charter, compare its text to comparable provisions of the United States Constitution, and comment on the continuing relevance of state constitutional rights in light of ever-expanding interpretations of federal rights.

April 29, 2015 Event – The Supreme Court Marriage Cases with Jeff Shafer

Event: The Supreme Court Marriage Cases with Jeff Shafer
Date: Wednesday, April 29, 2015
Time: Noon-1:00pm
LocationBelo Mansion, 2101 Ross Ave., Dallas, Texas 75201 (map)

On April 29, 2015, the Dallas Federalist Society will present a talk by Jeff Shafer on the gay marriage cases pending before the Supreme Court.  (The Supreme Court will have heard oral argument the day before Mr. Shafer’s presentation.) Jeff Shafer is Senior Counsel for the Alliance Defending Freedom.