- Marcella Burke, Akin Gump
On September 12, 2016, the Federalist Society at Berkeley Law hosted Heather Mac Donald and a panel of law enforcement professionals for a discussion on officer safety and community policing. The panelists reflected on their personal experiences in law enforcement and weighed in on the current crisis in police-community relations.
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Teresa Collett, Professor of Law at the University of St. Thomas School of Law and Robin Wilson, Professor of Law at the University of Illinois College of Law, explain the upcoming Supreme Court case, Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt.
In 2013, Texas passed health and safety regulations designed to protect the health of abortion clinic patients. Whole Woman’s Health is an abortion provider challenging the law and claiming that these regulations are not only an undue burden on a woman’s liberty interest, but also that instead of protecting patient’s health, the restrictions are actually designed to legislate away abortion access.
Southwestern Law School’s Visiting Associate Professor Amy Peikoff explains the Third Party Doctrine of the Supreme Court’s Fourth Amendment Doctrine. Under the Third Party Doctrine, the government does not need a warrant in order to obtain information entrusted to a third party, such as a bank, cell phone company, or email server. Thus, individuals who utilize their personal server for email may effectively keep their emails private while those using a commercial email server such as gmail do not have the same privacy.
Our panelists will discuss the criminal justice system generally, and the role of the prosecutor in particular. Some argue that, with the weight of the state and its resources on one side, including a deep book of potential crimes, the deck is unfairly stacked against criminal defendants. Others argue that police and prosecutors act in good faith, and credit them with incapacitating career criminals, trimming recidivism, and causing a plunge in national crime statistics. Who has the better of the argument?