Constitutional Law

2015 National Lawyers Convention

The Role of Congress - Early registration now open! Thursday, November 12, 08:00 AMThe Renaissance Mayflower Hotel
1127 Connecticut Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20036
Old Senate Chamber

The Federalist Society's 2015 National Lawyers Convention is scheduled for Thursday, November 12 through Saturday, November 14 at the Mayflower Hotel in Washington, D.C. The theme for this year's convention is: The Role of Congress. More information is coming soon, but early registration is now open!

Supreme Court Preview: What Is in Store for October Term 2015? - Audio/Video

Co-Sponsored by the Faculty Division and the Practice Groups
Gail Heriot, John Elwood, Neal K. Katyal, John F. Stinneford, M. Edward Whelan, Adam Liptak September 30, 2015

October 5th will mark the first day of the 2015 Supreme Court term. Thus far, the Court's docket includes major cases involving the death penalty, affirmative action, unions, civil asset forfeiture, and more.

Notable cases include Campbell-Ewald Company v. Gomez, which concerns pre-certification mootness; Tyson Foods v. Bouaphakeo, which concerns class certification where statistical methods are used to establish liability and damages; Spokeo v. Robins, which concerns Article III standing and statutory damages; Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin, which concerns affirmative action in admissions; Evenwel v. Abbott, which concerns redistricting law; Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association, which concerns teacher unions; and Kansas v. GleasonKansas v. CarrMontgomery v. LouisianaFoster v. Humphrey, and Hurst v. Florida, which all concern the death penalty.

In addition to these cases and others, which may include abortion and contraceptive mandate questions, the panelists will discuss the current composition and the future of the Court.


  • Prof. Gail Heriot, Professor of Law, University of San Diego School of Law
  • Mr. John Elwood, Partner at Vinson & Elkins
  • Mr. Neal K. Katyal, Partner at Hogan Lovells
  • Prof. John F. Stinneford, Professor of Law and Assistant Director, Criminal Justice Center at Levin College of Law, University of Florida
  • Mr. Ed Whelan, President of Ethics & Public Policy Center
  • Moderator: Mr. Adam LiptakThe New York Times

September 30, 2015
Washington, DC

Little Sisters of the Poor v. Burwell

Short Video on Little Sisters of the Poor and the Contraceptive Mandate
Eileen J. O'Connor September 29, 2015

The Honorable Eileen J. O’Connor, partner at Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP, explains the impact of the Affordable Care Act’s contraceptive mandate on the Little Sisters of the Poor.  In Little Sisters of the Poor v. Burwell, the sisters have petitioned the Supreme Court for a writ of certiorari because they believe that following the accommodation offered by HHS violates their Freedom of Religion.  The government argues that the accommodation HHS designed relieves the Little Sisters of complicity in the provision of contraceptives, and therefore their religious liberty is not implicated.

The Constitution: An Introduction

Short Video about the Constitution
Michael S. Paulsen, Luke Paulsen September 18, 2015

Constitutional scholar Michael Stokes Paulsen and his son, Luke Paulsen, discuss the project of their joint co-authorship of The Constitution: An Introduction, written over the course of 9 years and published in 2015. The book presents a general readers' account of the Constitution, from its origins to its basic provisions to its interpretation. Buy the book: