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Intersection of Indigent Defense and Immigration: The Impact of Padilla v. Kentucky - TODAY

This is the event for you. Two years ago in the landmark case Padilla v. Kentucky, the United States Supreme Court ruled that the 6th Amendment requires criminal defense attorneys to advise their non-citizen clients about the immigration consequences of a plea. The impact of this decision has caused waves in the fields of both criminal defense and immigration law and the full aftermath has not yet been fully realized. 

Tim ArnoldTim Arnold has represented Jose Padilla either as lead or co-counsel through his case and before the U.S. Supreme Court, and continues to represent him before the state court on remand where the case is now pending. Mr. Arnold has been with the Kentucky Department of Public Advocacy since 1996 and currently serves as the Post-Trial Division Director. Join ACS and Tim Arnold to discuss the implications of the Padilla decision, its application moving forward, and how it will shape the role of criminal defense attorneys. TODAY, February 19, 12:00Room 175. Free box lunches from Jason's Deli to the first 40 attendees. 

Interested in Criminal Defense, Immigration, or Constitutional Law?

This is the event for you. Two years ago in the landmark case Padilla v. Kentucky, the United States Supreme Court ruled that the 6th Amendment requires criminal defense attorneys to advise their non-citizen clients about the immigration consequences of a plea. The impact of this decision has caused waves in the fields of both criminal defense and immigration law and the full aftermath has not yet been fully realized. 

Tim ArnoldTim Arnold has represented Jose Padilla either as lead or co-counsel through his case and before the U.S. Supreme Court, and continues to represent him before the state court on remand where the case is now pending. Mr. Arnold has been with the Kentucky Department of Public Advocacy since 1996 and currently serves as the Post-Trial Division Director. Join ACS and Tim Arnold to discuss the implications of the Padilla decision, its application moving forward, and how it will shape the role of criminal defense attorneys. Tuesday, February 19, 12:00. Room 175. Lunch will be provided from Jason's Deli.  

Interested in Criminal Defense, Immigration, or Constitutional Law?

This is the event for you. Two years ago in the landmark case Padilla v. Kentucky, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the Sixth Amendment requires that defense attorneys advise their noncitizen clients about the immigration consequences of a plea. The Court recognized what, for decades, the defense and immigration bars have known: competent defense counsel must advise about immigration consequences of a plea. 

Tim Arnold

Tim Arnold has represented José Padilla either as lead counsel or co-counsel through the U.S. Supreme Court, and he continues to represent Mr. Padilla on remand to the state court, where the case is now pending. He began his career with Kentucky Department of Public Advocacy (DPA) in the Juvenile Post-Dispositional Branch in 1996, and served as Manager of that branch from 2003 to 2008. He has served as DPA’s Post-Trial Division Director since 2008. Join ACS and Tim Arnold as we discuss the implications from the Padilla decision, applications moving forward, and how this decision will shape the role of criminal defense attorneys. 12:00, Room 175 - Free lunch from Jason's Deli. 

 

Congressman John Yarmuth (D-KY) Speaking at Law School about Gun Control Legislation

 Featuring: 
 
 
Representative John Yarmuth (D-KY)
Third Congressional District of Kentucky
 
 
 
Neil J. Kinkopf
Professor of Law, Georgia State University College of Law; Former Special Assistant, Office of Legal Counsel, U.S. Department of Justice; Member, Board of Advisors, ACS Georgia Lawyer Chapter
  
Please join the Kentucky Lawyer Chapter and University of Louisville School of Law Student Chapter of the American Constitution Society as well as the Public Interest Section of the Louisville Bar Association as we welcome Congressman John Yarmuth and Georgia State College of Law Professor Neil Kinkopf to discuss the politics and constitutional implications of Congress’ efforts to strengthen our nation’s gun laws.
 
Congressman Yarmuth, who has been in the national spotlight for his support of federal proposals to help reduce gun violence, will provide insight into legislation pending before Congress – including universal background checks and restrictions on high-capacity ammunition magazines and assault weapons.  He will also discuss his work on the House Gun Violence Prevention Task Force.
 
Professor Kinkopf will discuss the constitutionality of the pending measures and whether there is a danger of running afoul of the Second Amendment.
 
The discussion will attempt to navigate the controversial issues shaping the debate, including whether the politics surrounding gun laws are too divisive for legitimate reform, the proposed legislation can withstand the Supreme Court's decision in D.C. v. Heller (2008), and regulations of this nature can truly be effective in curbing gun violence in the United States.
 
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11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. 

ACS/Professional Development Progressive Jobs Panel

Please join the American Constitution Society and the office of Professional Development for a panel of attorneys from the community who are using the law as a force to improve people's lives. 

Each attorney will tell you about their job and how they got where they are now and answer any questions you might have. 

If you are interested in disability law, criminal defense, housing, labor law, or indigent consumer representation this panel is for you! This Thursday, 5:15 p.m., room LL75. Pizza will be served. 

 

Federalist Society and ACS Debate: Fisher v. UT - The Use of Race in Undergraduate Admissions

Join the Federalist Society and the American Constitution Society for a debate on the upcoming United States Supreme Court decision: Fisher v. University of Texas Two leading national scholars on Constitutional law, Professor Blumstein of Vanderbilt Law School and Professor Marcosson of University of Louisville Brandesis School of Law, will debate on whether the Supreme Court’s decisions interpreting the Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment, including Grutter v. Bollinger, permits the University of Texas's use of race in undergraduate admissions decisions. Today at 12:00, Room 275. Free Qdoba!

Federalist Society and ACS Debate: Does Citizens United Undermine Democracy

Join the Federalist Society and the American Constitution Society to discuss whether the Supreme Court's decision in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission undermines democracy. Speakers Professor Bradley Smith and John Bonifaz will debate the topic of whether unrestricted campaign contributions are an exercise of free speech necessary to preserve democracy or a distortion of the political process that damages democracy.

Bradley A. Smith

 

Bradley Smith holds the Josiah H. Blackmore II/Shirley M. Nault Designated Professor of Law position at CapitalUniversity Law School. A 2010 recipient of the Bradley Prize, he is one of the nation’s leading authorities on election law and campaign finance. In 2000, he was nominated by President Clinton to fill a Republican-designated seat on the Federal Election Commission, where he served for five years, including serving as Chairman of the Commission in 2004. 

Bonifaz

 

 

 

 

 

John Bonifaz is the Co-Founder and Executive Director of Free Speech For People. Mr. Bonifaz has served as the Legal Director of Voter Action, a national voting rights and election integrity organization in the United States. Prior to joining Voter Action, Mr. Bonifaz worked for more than 12 years (as the executive director and then general counsel) with the National Voting Rights Institute (NVRI).

Monday, October 29, 12:00, Room 275. Free Potbelly Sandwiches. 

Meet Kentucky Public Advocate Ed Monahan and Discuss Why the Right to Counsel Still Matters

Ed Monahan Public Advocate This is 40th year of Kentcky's DPA and the 50th anniversary of Gideon is approaching. Join ACS and Kentucky's Public Advocate Ed Monahan to discuss the constitutional right to counsel and why it remains important. Ed Monahan is Kentucky Public Advocate of the Department of Public Advocacy, Kentucky's statewide public defender program representing 161,000 clients in Kentucky's 120 counties at trial and post-trial. He is Chair of the American Council of Chief Defenders, the nation's chief defenders. Monahan was co-counsel in Gall v. Parker, 231 F.3d 265 (6th Cir. 2000) and Kordenbrock v. Scroggy, 919 F.2d 1091 (6th Cir. 1990) both decisions found the death sentences unconstitutional. Monahan was also counsel in Binion v. Commonwealth, 891 S.W.2d 383 (Ky. 1995) (constitutional right to mental health expert). Today, October 23, 12:00. Room 175. Lunch will be served from Zaytun

Why Does the Right to Counsel Matter?

Ed Monahan Public Advocate This is 40th year of Kentcky's DPA and the 50th anniversary of Gideon is approaching. Join ACS and Kentucky's Public Advocate Ed Monahan to discuss the constitutional right to counsel and why it remains important. Ed Monahan is Kentucky Public Advocate of the Department of Public Advocacy, Kentucky's statewide public defender program representing 161,000 clients in Kentucky's 120 counties at trial and post-trial. He is Chair of the American Council of Chief Defenders, the nation's chief defenders. Monahan was co-counsel in Gall v. Parker, 231 F.3d 265 (6th Cir. 2000) and Kordenbrock v. Scroggy, 919 F.2d 1091 (6th Cir. 1990) (en banc) both decisions found the death sentences unconstitutional. Monahan was counsel in Binion v. Commonwealth, 891 S.W.2d 383 (Ky. 1995) (constitutional right to mental health expert). This Tuesday, October 23, 12:00. Room 175. Lunch will be served from Zaytun

Why Does the Right to Counsel Matter?

This is 40th year of Kentcky's DPA and the 50th anniversary of Gideon v. Wainwright is approaching. Join ACS and Kentucky's Public Advocate Ed Monahan to discuss the constitutional right to counsel and why it remains important.
Ed Monahan is Kentucky Public Advocate of the Department of Public Advocacy, Kentucky’s statewide public defender program representing 161,000 clients in Kentucky’s 120 counties at trial and post-trial. He is Chair of the American Council of Chief Defenders, the nation’s chief defenders. He is a member of the American Bar Association Task Force on the Preservation of the Justice System, formerly a member of the KBA Ethics Committee and past president of the Kentucky Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. Tuesday, October 23, 12:00. Room 175. Lunch will be served.