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Constitutional Interpretation: A Debate on Originalism

On Tuesday, September 1, 2009, in Room 175, the Federalist Society will host a debate on the originalist method of Constitutional interpretation. Professor John McGinnis of the Northwestern University School of Law and Professor Samuel Marcosson of the University of Louisville Brandeis School of Law will debate. All are welcome. Free Chick-fil-a will be provided (bring your own drink).


March 11, 2009, 12:00pm – 12:50pm
Room 171
Sponsored by: Federalist Society
Registration Cost: FREE PIZZA!

Patrick M. Garry
Associate Professor of Law -
University of South Dakota School of Law
Director, Center for Empirical Legal Research

Patrick Garry has a J.D. and a Ph.D. in Constitutional History from the University of Minnesota.  Before joining the faculty at The University of South Dakota School of Law, Professor Garry was a partner and shareholder with the third largest law firm in Minneapolis. He was also a research scholar at the Freedom Forum Media Studies Center and a visiting scholar at Columbia University Law School, and he served as a legal advisor to the Silha Center for Media Law and Ethics at the University of Minnesota.

Patrick Garry is a contributor to The Oxford Companion to the United States Supreme Court, The Encyclopedia of the U.S. Supreme Court, The Oxford Companion to U.S. History, and The Encyclopedia of the First Amendment, and has published nine books.  His first book was included in the Distinguished Studies in American Legal and Constitutional History.  His subsequent books have been reviewed in such publications as the Harvard Law Review, The Times Literary Supplement, National Journal, Political Science Quarterly, Booklist and The New Yorker.  Professor Garry’s study of Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes appears in Great Justices of the US Supreme Court.  His scholarly articles have been published in the Wake Forest Law Review, Florida Law Review, Alabama Law Review, BYU Law Review, Utah Law Review, University of Pittsburgh Law Review, SMU Law Review, Temple Law Review, Missouri Law Review, University of Miami Law Review, Kentucky Law Journal, Arizona State Law Journal, and Pepperdine Law Review, some of which have been reprinted in the First Amendment Law Handbook and by the Washington Legal Foundation.  Professor Garry has also written for such popular audience periodicals as the (Minneapolis) Star Tribune, Omaha World-Herald, Commonweal, Chicago Tribune, Cincinnati Post, Washington Times, Indianapolis News, Journal of Law and Politics, and Chicago Tribune Magazine. He has been interviewed by CBS News, MSNBC, San Diego Union Tribune, and numerous radio and television stations. 

Professor Garry has served as legal advisor to the Minnesota News Council and has been invited to guest teach at the University of Utah Law School, University of Missouri School of Law, and George Washington University Law School. He has also been invited on numerous occasions to testify before Congress on legal and constitutional law issues.  Over the past couple of years, Professor Garry has been a guest lecturer at more than 40 law schools and universities. While at the University of South Dakota, he has held joint appointments with the University of South Dakota School of Law and the College of Arts and Sciences.

In recognition of his scholarly research agenda, Garry was awarded a Research Catalyst Grant by the University of South Dakota, as well as a Research Excellence Grant.  He has received two different research grants from the Chiesman Foundation, which funds projects dedicated to "support studies of issues concerning the Constitution of the United States in particular and the legal systems in the United States in general."  He has also been awarded a Center for Teaching and Learning grant.  And he was recently awarded the President's Award for Research Excellence, the University's highest award for scholarly research accomplishments.

"How I Spent My Summer Vacation: The Rule of Law in Iraq" - Ilya Shapiro

February 19, 2009, 12:00pm – 12:50pm
Room 175
Sponsored by: Federalist Society
Registration Cost: Free Pizza!!
Ilya Shapiro is a senior fellow in constitutional studies at the Cato Institute and editor-in-chief of the Cato Supreme Court Review. Before joining Cato, he was Special Assistant/Advisor to the Multi-National Force-Iraq on rule of law issues and practiced international, political, commercial, and antitrust litigation at Patton Boggs LLP and Cleary Gottlieb LLP. Shapiro has contributed to a variety of academic, popular, and professional publications, including the L.A. Times, Washington Times, Weekly Standard, Roll Call, National Review Online, and from 2004 to 2007 wrote the "Dispatches from Purple America" column for TCS Daily.com. He also regularly provides commentary on a host of legal and political issues for various TV and radio outlets, including Fox News, CBS, WGN, Voice of America, and American Public Media's "Marketplace." He is also an adjunct professor at The George Washington University Law School and lectures regularly on behalf of the Federalist Society, The Fund for American Studies, and other educational and professional groups. Before entering private practice, Shapiro clerked for Judge E. Grady Jolly of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, while living in Mississippi and traveling around the Deep South. He holds an A.B. from Princeton University, an M.Sc. from the London School of Economics, and a J.D. from the University of Chicago Law School (where he became a Tony Patiño Fellow). Shapiro is a native speaker of English and Russian, is fluent in Spanish and French, and is proficient in Italian and Portuguese.


February 9, 2009, 11:50am – 12:50pm
Room 175
Sponsored by: Federalist Society
Registration Cost: Free Lunch (and not just pizza!)
Prof. John Baker of Louisiana State University Law School and Prof. Sam Marcosson of the University of Louisville, Brandeis School of Law will discuss and take questions about the Constitutional implications regarding same-sex marriage.  This is an open event and all are welcome.


February 4, 2009, 12:00pm – 1:00pm
Room 175
Sponsored by: Federalist Society
Registration Cost: Free Lunch!!

After serving with the U.S State Department at the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad as Director of the Office of Legislative Statecraft for one year, Manuel Miranda serves again as chairman of the Third Branch Conference, a coalition of over 100 grass-top leaders nationwide engaged on judicial matters.  Mr. Miranda is also the founder and president of The Iraq Society, an association of men and women who served in Iraq or who support the mission of peace, prosperity, and liberty for the people between the two rivers. 


Mr. Miranda served previously as Counsel to Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, leading 51 Republican staffs on judicial confirmations, and as.Senior Nominations Counsel to the Senate Committee on the Judiciary.  Mr. Miranda is credited by MoveOn.org as the architect of the Republican “nuclear option,” and the Washington Post and others credit him as the first to lead opposition to President Bush’s nomination of Harriet Miers.  


In February 2006, Mr. Miranda was awarded the Ronald Reagan Award by the American Conservative Union for his leadership on judicial nominations.  The Ronald Reagan Award is considered the highest award of the conservative movement.   He has been a Visiting Legal Fellow at the Heritage Foundation, a Senior Counsel at the Family Research Council, and a columnist for the Wall Street Journal, publishing 35 articles on judicial nominations. 

 Mr. Miranda is a frequent lecturer at law schools and events on “The Obama Presidency and the Fight for the Courts;” “Politics and Policy: Building for a Coherent Immigration Reform;” “America’s Rule of Law Impact in Iraq and Afghanistan;” and “The Truth About Iraq.”  

Manny was born in Cuba and raised in Spain and New York City.  He received degrees from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service and the University of California’s Hastings College of the Law.  At Georgetown, he was the Circumnavigators’ Foundation Fellow for 1981 and at Hastings he was the Charles Rummel Scholar. 

 Between 1987 and 1998, Mr. Miranda practiced law with leading international firms in New York and Washington, D.C., most recently White & Case.


November 3, 2008, 4:10pm – 5:10pm
Room 275
Sponsored by: Federalist Society
Registration Cost: Free Food

Roger Pilon is the founder and director of Cato's Center for
Constitutional Studies, which has become an important force in the
national debate over constitutional interpretation and judicial
philosophy. He is the publisher of the Cato Supreme Court Review and is
an adjunct professor of government at Georgetown University through The
Fund for American Studies. Prior to joining Cato, Pilon held five senior
posts in the Reagan administration, including at State and Justice, and
was a National Fellow at Stanford’s Hoover Institution. In 1989 the
Bicentennial Commission presented him with its Benjamin Franklin Award
for excellence in writing on the U.S. Constitution. In 2001 Columbia
University’s School of General Studies awarded him its Alumni Medal of
Distinction. Pilon lectures and debates at universities and law schools
across the country and testifies often before Congress. His writing has
appeared in the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Wall Street
Journal, the Los Angeles Times, Legal Times, National Law Journal,
Harvard Journal of Law & Public Policy, Stanford Law & Policy Review,
and elsewhere. He has appeared on ABC's Nightline, CBS's 60 Minutes II,
Fox News Channel, NPR, CNN, MSNBC, CNBC, and other media. Pilon holds a
B.A. from Columbia University, an M.A. and a Ph.D. from the University
of Chicago, and a J.D. from the George Washington University School of

Congressional Candidates Visit Law School

Candidates for Kentucky's 3rd Congressional District of the US House of Representatives visited the law school this week. Congressman John Yarmuth spoke on October 20th at the request of the Jewish Law Students Association. Former Congresswoman Anne Northup spoke the following day at the request of the student Federalist Society. Both candidates entertained questions from students, staff, and faculty after their presentations.


Aaron Uslan and John Yarmuth Shem Beard, Anne Northup, Bee Dean
Aaron Uslan and John Yarmuth Shem Beard, Anne Northup, and Bee Dean-Northup


October 21, 2008, 12:05pm – 1:00pm
Room 275 (Tentative)
Registration Cost: Free
Anne Northup, candidate for Congress, will be speaking at the University of Louisville, Brandeis School of Law.  Attendance is free and all are welcome.  This event is sponsored by the Federalist Society in an effort to promote an informed student body through balanced representation on campus.

DC v. Heller - Do we really have the right to bear arms now?

October 15, 2008, 4:00pm – 5:00pm
University of Louisville, Brandeis School of Law Room 175
Sponsored by: Federalist Society
Registration Cost: Free Food!
Stephen Halbrook is the author of the new book The Founders' Second Amendment and the annual Firearms Law Deskbook. Located in Fairfax, Virginia, he is lead counsel in suits against the Chicagoland gun bans, the District of Columbia semiautomatic handgun ban, and New Orleans'Katrina-era gun confiscations. He filed an amici curiae brief on behalf of 55 Senators and 250 Representatives in DC v. Heller, which cited his book Freedmen, the 14th Amendment, & the Right to Bear Arms. Halbrook argued and won three Supreme Court cases on firearm law issues, including Castillo v. US, Printz v. US, and US v. TC Arms. He received a Ph.D. in Philosophy from Florida State University, taught at Howard University and George Mason University, and received his J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center. His website is www.stephenhalbrook.com.