Federalist Society News

HHS "Preventive Services" Mandate: Conscience Rights and Religious Liberty Debate

Please join us Thur. for lunch and what promises to be a very enlightening discussion to a very hot topic!  The recent controversy over the HHS “Preventive Services Mandate” has surfaced serious questions about religious freedom and conscience protection.  Should government force employers and insurance providers to include contraceptives and abortifacients in health insurance plans?  When, if ever, should government accommodate conscientious objections to paying for these drugs and devices?  What limits do legal protections of religious liberty (including the First Amendment) impose on government power in this area?

 

Speakers - Gregory S. Baylor, Attorney, Alliance Defense Fund, and Dr. Paul Simmons, Americans United for the Separation of Church and State

Law and Economic Growth Series: Regulating Wall Street - The Impact on Main Street

Today!  Occupy Wall Street.  Regulate Wall Street.  Are We Destroying Main Street?  Please come join our discussion and some Penn Station at noon in room 275.  Our guests include prominent venture capitalist, David Jones, Jr., a highly ranked securities attorney, Michael Hawthorne from Bingham Greenebaum Doll, and scholar, Professor Henderson from the University of Chicago Law.

Law and Economic Growth Series

Occupy Wall Street.  Regulate Wall Street.  Are We Destroying Main Street?  Please come join our discussion and some Penn Station on Tuesday at noon.  Our guests include prominent venture capitalist, David Jones, Jr., a highly ranked securities attorney, Michael Hawthorne from Bingham Greenebaum Doll, and scholar, Professor Henderson from the University of Chicago Law.

Originalism and the Constitution

Come join us for lunch on Thursday for what promises to be a feast for both brain and belly as we dine on the palubum of professors and Panera during this scholarly debate on the judicial philosophy of Originalism.

New Federalist Society Officers

Congratulations to the new officers of the Federalist Society:

President: April Wimberg

V.P. of Internal Affairs: Brandon Johnson

V.P. of External Affairs: Rebekah Gray

Secretary: Jonathan Raymon

Treasurer: Ryan Driskell

Class Representatives: Luke Markushewski and Kyle Winham

President Emeritus: Vince Kline 

Immigration Debate Wednesday

Time: 3:45pm – 4:45pm, Wednesday, 4/6
Place: Room 175

Mr. Ilya Shapiro from the Cato Institute and Becca O'Neill, a local immigration attorney, will engage in a debate about immigration policy. Professor Luke Milligan will moderate the debate. Topics will include:

  • SB 1070 - Is it constitutional? Is it good policy?
  • What to do with people already here illegally?
  • What to do about future skilled and unskilled immigrants?
  • Are temporary work permits for unskilled workers good policy?

We will be serving Graeter's Ice Cream, so come with an empty stomach and an open mind!

Immigration Debate - Graeter's Ice Cream!!! - Wednesday at 3:45

Mr. Ilya Shapiro from the Cato Institute and Becca O'Neill, a local immigration attorney, will engage in a debate about immigration policy. Topics will include:

  • SB 1070 - Is it constitutional? Is it good policy?
  • What to do with people already here illegally?
  • What to do about future skilled and unskilled immigrants?
  • Are temporary work permits for unskilled workers good policy?

We will be serving Graeter's Ice Cream, so come with an empty stomach and an open mind!

 

Time: 3:45 PM

Date: Wednesday, April 6th

Place: Room 175

ObamaCare Presentation - Free Lunch! - Tuesday, 12:30, Room 275

Tuesday, March 22nd

Time: 12:30-1:45

Mr. Doug Bandow from the Cato Institute will present a scholarly presentation on whether ObamaCare is good policy for the United States. Our debate partner had to bow out because of a scheduling conflict, but there will be plenty of time for Q&A after the presentation.

Place: Room 275

Free lunch will be provided!

Generous funding for this event comes from the Templeton Foundation

Intelligent Design Debate - Free Chick-fil-A!

Intelligent Design: The Wisdom and Constitutionality of Teaching It in Public Schools

Professor Arnold Loewy of Texas Tech School of Law and our own Professor Russell Weaver will engage in a scholarly debate on this topic.

Time: 12:00-12:55 with time for Q&A built in (Will end promptly at 12:55 for the Structured Study Groups)
 
Place: Room 275

Free lunch from Chick-fil-A will be provided!

Hate Crime Laws: Unnecessary and Undesirable or Essential and Indispensable?

TODAY: Lunch Provided

Room 275, 12:00-1:00 

Beginning in the mid-1980s, Americans were told that "hate crime" was on the rise throughout the nation. Numerous advocacy groups lobbied for—and achieved—the passage of laws specifically engineered to document the rise in hate crime and dole out extra punishment for perpetrators who chose their victims on the basis of race, ethnic group, religion, or sexual orientation. But were these legislative efforts necessary or even helpful?

Professor James Jacobs of New York University (NYU) School of Law and our own Professor Cedric Powell will engage in a scholarly debate on the topic.