Federalist Society

breakdown broken down car automobile industry.jpgTime to resume our lateblogging — or can we call it early-blogging, in light of the morning hour? — of the Federalist Society’s 2009 National Lawyers Convention. If you’re a conservative or libertarian lawyer (or law student), this is an event well worth attending every year. In addition to the lively and informative panel discussions (which offer CLE credit), the networking is excellent.
Here’s the next panel we attended, on a timely topic given the government’s increasing — and perhaps excessive — involvement in the national economy:
Breakdown of the Public-Private Distinction: Implications for the Administrative State

  • Mr. David Berenbaum, Executive Vice President, National Community Reinvestment Coalition
  • Mr. David G. Leitch, Group Vice President and General Counsel, Ford Motor Company
  • Prof. J.W. Verret, Assistant Professor of Law, George Mason University School of Law
  • Prof. David Zaring, Assistant Professor of Legal Studies and Business Ethics, The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania
  • Moderator: Hon. Ronald A. Cass, President, Cass & Associates, PC
    Summary after the jump.

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  • bank regulation thrift savings loan investment bank commercial bank.jpgWe continue our lateblogging of the Federalist Society’s 2009 National Lawyers Convention. The conversations at the conference are always interesting. As far as we’re concerned, this has to be one of the most painless ways to rack up CLE credits.
    Here’s the next panel discussion that we attended:
    Regulation of Financial Institutions

  • Hon. Paul S. Atkins, Congressional Oversight Panel and Former U.S. SEC Commissioner
  • Ms. Stephanie R. Breslow, Partner, Schulte, Roth & Zabel LLP
  • Dean Paul G. Mahoney, David and Mary Harrison Distinguished Professor of Law, Arnold H. Leon Professor of Law, University of Virginia School of Law
  • Hon. Annette L. Nazareth, Partner, Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP
  • Moderator: Hon. Edith H. Jones, U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit
    A quick and dirty write-up, after the jump.

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  • radio on the air free speech fairness doctrine.jpgOver the weekend, we had the pleasure of attending the Federalist Society’s 2009 National Lawyers Convention, down in Washington, D.C. As in past years, conservative and libertarian legal luminaries were plentiful, and the panel discussions and other events were excellent.
    Some folks — e.g., Josh Blackman — were liveblogging the proceedings. We’re only writing up the conference now, so you can call this “lateblogging” (both because we’re late in blogging about the conference, and blogging late at night; hey, better late than never).
    This year, sadly, we missed most of the Thursday events (because of a speaking engagement at the ABA’s Law Firm Marketing Strategies Conference). The first Fed Soc panel we caught was on Friday afternoon:
    Free Speech: The Fairness Doctrine

  • Prof. Thomas W. Hazlett, Professor of Law & Economics, George Mason University
  • Mr. Seton Motley, Communications Director, Media Research Center
  • Prof. Jamin Ben Raskin, Director, Law and Government Program, Washington College of Law, American University College of Law
  • Moderator: Hon. David B. Sentelle, U.S. Court of Appeals, D.C. Circuit
    Our rough notes on the discussion, after the jump.

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  • Federalist Society for Law and Public Policy Studies logo Above the Law blog.jpgWe mentioned this in passing yesterday, but in case you missed it, please take note of this event in D.C. next week:

    On Wednesday, September 23, the Georgetown Federalist Society will be hosting a panel event on New Media & The Law at 7 PM in Hart Auditorium [at Georgetown University Law Center, 600 New Jersey Ave. N.W., Washington, DC].

    The panel will feature David Lat from Above the Law, Tony Mauro from the National Law Journal, and Matt Welch from Reason Magazine. Eileen O’Connor, adjunct professor at Georgetown and former reporter and bureau chief at CNN, will moderate.

    The event will be followed by a reception.

    The event is sponsored by the Georgetown Federalist Society. Hope to see you there!
    New Media & The Law Event at GULC [Georgetown Federalist Society Blog]

    Federalist Society for Law and Public Policy Studies logo Above the Law blog.jpgOn Tuesday night, we attended a very interesting panel discussion, “Do We Have the Legal Tools to Prevent Terrorist Attacks?” It was sponsored by the New York City Lawyers Chapter of the Federalist Society, and it featured the following panelists:

    Andrew C. McCarthy (no, not that Andrew McCarthy) — Senior Fellow, National Review Institute, and author, Willful Blindness: A Memoir of the Jihad.

    Glenn Sulmasy — Professor, U.S. Coast Guard Academy and author, The National Security Court System: A Natural Evolution of Justice in an Age of Terror.

    Samuel J. Rascoff — Assistant Professor, NYU Law School and Former Director of Intelligence Analysis for the New York City Police Department and Special Assistant to the Coalition Provisional Authority in Iraq

    Hon. Kenneth M. Karas — United States District Court for the Southern District of New York (moderator)

    Read about the wide-ranging and thoughtful discussion, after the jump.

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    Alex Kozinski David Lat Los Angeles.jpgIf you missed our recent event with Chief Judge Alex Kozinski (9th Cir.) in Los Angeles, and if you’re here in New York, feel free to swing by Columbia Law School at around noon tomorrow:

    A Judge in Full: Personality and Jurisprudence

    When: Thursday, January 22, at 12:10 PM
    Speakers: The Honorable Alex Kozinski, Chief Judge, Ninth Circuit; David Lat, Founder, Above the Law
    Where: JG 106, Columbia Law School, 435 West 116th St. (at Amsterdam Ave.)
    Cost: Free and open to the public. Lunch will be served.

    Thanks to the Columbia Law School Federalist Society for hosting the event. We hope to see you tomorrow.

    Update: If you missed the talk, here’s a write-up, from Ben Hallman of the American Lawyer.

    A Judge in Full: Personality and Jurisprudence [Columbia Law School Federalist Society]

    Earlier: Kozinski & Lat: The Podcast

    california dreaming.jpgWhile David Lat’s west coast rampage continues — he just finished speaking at UCLA — the good people from the Federalist Society furnished us with a podcast of Lat’s lunch talk yesterday with Chief Judge Alex Kozinski (9th Cir.).

    If you weren’t able to make it yesterday, or you live in the part of the country that the Sun God Ra has marked for eternal suffering, check out the podcast below.

    Update: A write-up of the talk is available here.

    A Judge in Full: Personality and Jurisprudence [Federalist Society]

    Ninth Circuit Judges Remain Collegial, Kozinski Says [Metropolitan News]

    Alex Kozinski David Lat.jpgSometimes readers complain that Above the Law focuses too much on the East Coast. Since our headquarters is here in New York, and since we lived in Washington from 2006 to 2008, we may have an East Coast bias.

    But we do try to run a national legal news site. Even if we’re physically located in New York, wherever two or more lawyers are gathered in our name, there we are.

    In recent months, we’ve been making a conscious effort to do more for the West Coast. For example, we’ve started posting — later in the day, to account for the time difference — material aimed at a West Coast / California audience.

    And next week we’ll be in L.A., to participate in three events (all kindly sponsored by the Federalist Society). One is with a leading light of the federal judiciary, and another is with a top law professor/blogger. Here are the details:

    1. A Judge in Full: Personality and Jurisprudence

    When: Tuesday, January 13, 12 p.m. – 1 p.m.

    Speakers: The Honorable Alex Kozinski, Chief Judge, Ninth Circuit; David Lat, Founder, Above the Law

    Where: Omni Hotel, 251 South Olive Street, Los Angeles

    MCLE Credit: One Hour

    Cost: $38 if paid in advance; $40 if paid at the door. Public employees, students and law clerks may pay the discounted rate of $15.

    2. Cocktail Reception with David Lat

    When: Tuesday, January 13th, 7 p.m. – 9 p.m.

    Where: Bel Air Bar and Grill, 662 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles

    MCLE Credit: No. This will not be educational in the least — just gossip and booze.

    Cost: Cash bar. Heavy hors d’oeuvres will be served. YUM.

    3. How Bloggers Changed the Legal World

    When: Wednesday, January 14, 12:45 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.

    Speakers: Professor Stephen Bainbridge, Warren Professor of Law, UCLA; David Lat, Founder, Above the Law

    Where: UCLA Law School, Room 1357

    Cost: Free and open to the public. Lunch will be provided.

    Please come to any or all of these events. We look forward to seeing you!

    A Judge in Full: Personality and Jurisprudence [Federalist Society - Los Angeles Lawyers Chapter]

    How Bloggers Have Changed the Legal World [Facebook]

    Two Events / One Day with Chief Judge Kozinski and David Lat [Facebook]

    animated siren gif animated siren gif animated siren gif drudge report.GIFATL correspondent Laurie Lin, on the scene at the annual dinner of the Federalist Society, reports that Attorney General Michael Mukasey “literally collapsed mid-sentence at the podium,” while delivering a speech at the Society’s National Lawyers Convention. It is not clear what AG Mukasey suffered, but a stroke is possible.

    “Medical people are working on him now as he lies on the dais,” according to Lin. “Secret Service FBI says no one can get up. Entire hall is shocked and silent.”

    Michael Mukasey small Chief Judge Michael B Mukasey SDNY Above the Law blog.jpgUpdate (10:38 PM): “They appear to have an IV in. They have taken him out. Now people are praying…. Everyone is saying it looked like a stroke. People are very somber. Some people from the DOJ are visibly shaken.”

    Update (10:47 PM): According to radio reports, Mukasey did not immediately regain consciousness after collapsing, and was taken to an area hospital. More from Politico over here.

    Update (11:03 PM): According to a different source, Mukasey had regained consciousness by the time he was taken out of the room.

    Update (11:06 PM): People are now being allowed to leave the room. From Laurie Lin: “The party ended abruptly, needless to say. The tone of the man [perhaps David McIntosh] who prayed after they took out the AG seemed pretty grim. He asked for prayers for Mukasey’s wife, who was there according to the program, and the Mukasey family.”

    More updates after the jump.

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    gay marriage skadden.jpgProminent litigator Raoul Kennedy, a partner in the San Francisco office of Skadden, stuck his head in the lion’s mouth — and lived to talk about it. Legal Pad reports that Kennedy went to a Federalist Society meeting in San Francisco to defend gay marriage, where he didn’t pull any punches:

    “How are any of us adversely impacted,” Kennedy asked, “when same-sex couples get married?”

    The issue of gay marriage, he added, “is to the 21st century what slavery was to the 19th century.” Years from now, Kennedy insisted, the average person will look back and say, “How could people be so backward-oriented?”

    He told the crowd there are so many problems in the world that gay marriage — in which two people only want to commit to a life together — shouldn’t be a problem. “You’ve got to have something better to do with your lives,” he said.

    It’s easy to praise Kennedy for defending gay rights in front of a hostile audience, but how about the Federalist Society even existing in San Francisco? That’s like starting a Bill Maher fan club at Sunday school.

    Kennedy presumably had the support of some of the Society’s more libertarian members. His debate opponent, Glen Lavy of the Arizona-based Alliance Defense Fund, was the flag bearer for the social conservatives:

    Lavy also said that only those “who oppose democracy” would try to challenge Proposition 8, the Nov. 4 ballot measure that would limit marriage to heterosexual couples, if it passes. He also argued that a defeat of Prop 8 would lead to legal attacks — on the tax-exempt status of churches that refuse to perform same-sex marriages and on pastors who preach that same-sex relationships are immoral based on biblical teachings.

    It would be interesting to hear what Kennedy’s fellow partners thought about their colleague pissing off the Federalist Society.

    Californians: Care to predict the fate of Prop 8?

    Attorney Defends Gay Marriage to Tough Crowd [LegalPad]

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