Government Law (State/Federal)

Obamacare, Immigration Executive Order and Other Transformative Lawsuits: A Conversation with 4 Current Solicitors General

California-Berkeley Student Chapter April 17, 11:00 AMRoom 105
Boalt Hall
Berkeley, CA 94720


  • Elbert Lin, Solicitor General of West Virginia
  • Stephen McAllister, Solicitor General of Kansas
  • Lawrence VanDyke, Solicitor General of Nevada
  • Patrick Wyrick, Solicitor General of Oklahoma


Affordable Care Act Subsidies Debate - Event Audio/Video

17th Annual Faculty Conference
Jonathan H. Adler, Nicholas Bagley, Nicholas Quinn Rosenkranz January 09, 2015

This debate was part of the 17th Annual Federalist Society Faculty Conference held on January 3-4, 2015 at the Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington, DC.

Debate: Resolved, that the Affordable Care Act does not authorize subsidies for individuals purchasing health insurance through federal exchanges
12:30-2:30 pm

  • Prof. Jonathan Adler, Case Western Reserve University School of Law
  • Prof. Nick Bagley, University of Michigan School of Law
  • Moderator: Prof. Nicholas Quinn Rosenkranz, Georgetown University Law Center

Washington, DC
January 3, 2015

Saving Congress from Itself: Emancipating the states & Empowering Their People - Event Video

2014 National Lawyers Convention
James L. Buckley, John C. Eastman, Michael S. Greve, Robert R. Gasaway November 17, 2014

Saving Congress from Itself proposes a single reform: eliminate all federal grants-in-aid to state and local governments. This action would reduce federal spending by over $600 billion a year and have a profound effect on how we govern ourselves. The proliferation of federal grants-in-aid programs is of recent vintage: only about 100 such grants existed before Lyndon Johnson took office, and now they number more than 1,100. Eliminating grants to the states will result in enormous savings in federal and state administrative costs; free states to set their own priorities; and improve the design and implementation of programs now subsidized by Washington by eliminating federal regulations that attend the grants. In short, it will free states and their subdivisions to resume full responsibility for all activities that fall within their competence, such as education, welfare, and highway construction and maintenance. And because members of Congress spend major portions of their time creating grants and allocating funds assigned to them (think earmarks), eliminating grants will enable Congress to devote its time to responsibilities that are uniquely national in character.

The Federalist Society's Practice Groups presented this closing discussion on "Saving Congress from Itself: Emancipating the States & Empowering Their People" on Saturday, November 15, during the 2014 National Lawyers Convention.


  • Hon. James L. Buckley, U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit (ret.) and former U.S. Senator
  • Dr. John C. Eastman, Henry Salvatori Professor of Law and Community Service; Former Dean (2007 – 2010); and Director, Center for Constitutional Jurisprudence, Dale E Fowler School of Law, Chapman University
  • Prof. Michael S. Greve, Professor of Law, George Mason University School of Law
  • Moderator: Mr. Robert R. Gasaway, Partner, Kirkland & Ellis LLP

Mayflower Hotel
Washington, DC

Holt v. Hobbs - Post-Argument SCOTUScast

SCOTUScast 10-9-14 featuring Jordan Lorence
Jordan Lorence October 09, 2014

On October 7, 2014, the Supreme Court heard oral argument in Holt v. Hobbs, which concerns whether the Arkansas Department of Correction's grooming policy, which generally prohibits inmates from growing beards save for a narrow health-based exception, violates the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act (RLUIPA) by impermissibly burdening the religious liberty of a Muslim inmate seeking to grow a half-inch beard for religious reasons.

To discuss the case, we have Jordan Lorence, who is senior counsel and senior vice-president of the Office of Strategic Initiatives for Alliance Defending Freedom.