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Address by Tim Cerio - Event Audio/Video

2016 Annual Florida Chapters Conference
Tim Cerio, Edwin A. Scales February 03, 2016

Tim Cerio, General Counsel to Governor Rick Scott of Florida, delivered this address at the 2016 Annual Florida Chapters Conference on Saturday, January 23, 2016, at Disney's Boardwalk Inn in Lake Buena Vista, FL. He was introduced by Judge Ed Scales of the Florida Third District Court of Appeal.

Address by Tim Cerio

  • Mr. Tim Cerio, General Counsel to Governor Rick Scott
  • Introduction: Hon. Edwin A. Scales III, Florida Third District Court of Appeal

Disney's Boardwalk Inn
Lake Buena Vista, FL

A Conversation on Judging - Event Audio/Video

2016 Annual Florida Chapters Conference
Charles T. Canady, William H. Pryor Jr., R. Alexander Acosta, Morgan W. Streetman February 03, 2016

This panel was part of the 2016 Annual Florida Chapters Conference at Disney's Boardwalk Inn in Lake Buena Vista, FL on January 22-23, 2016.

A Conversation on Judging

  • Hon. Charles T. Canady, Florida Supreme Court
  • Hon. William H. Pryor, Jr., U.S. Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit
  • Moderator: Dean R. Alexander Acosta, Dean, Florida International University College of Law
  • Introduction: Mr. Morgan Streetman, Founder and Principal, Streetman Law

Disney's Boardwalk Inn
Lake Buena Vista, FL

The Next Supreme Court Justice - Podcast

Litigation Practice Group Podcast
Thomas L. Jipping, Carrie Severino January 15, 2016

Whoever the next President is, judicial appointments will be among his or her most important legacies. With four Supreme Court Justices over the age of 77, this is a particularly timely discussion. This Teleforum discussed what the next President should look for in judicial nominees. It also discussed whether and how the President takes the Senate's views into account when making judicial nominations.

Featuring:

  • Thomas L. Jipping, Chief Counsel, Senator Hatch, Judiciary Committee
  • Carrie Severino, Chief Counsel and Policy Director, Judicial Crisis Network

Life on the Bench - Event Audio/Video

2015 National Lawyers Convention
Brett M. Kavanaugh, Alex Kozinski, Diarmuid F. O'Scannlain, Jerry E. Smith, David Stras, David B. Sentelle, Dean A. Reuter November 19, 2015

Many attorneys see a judgeship as the pinnacle of professional achievement in the legal world. It could be the visibility of judges, their unquestioned decision-making authority, the absence of clients, life tenure, or some other aspect of being a judge. Our panel of judges will discuss the realities of a career on the bench. The panelists will share their thoughts on topics as diverse as the role of the judiciary, judicial philosophy, stare decisis and precedent, opinions and dissents, the judicial appointment process, the state of the legal profession, and much more.

This panel was presented at the 2015 National Lawyers Convention on Saturday, November 14, 2015, at the Mayflower Hotel in Washington, DC.

Special Session: Life on the Bench
2:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
State Room

  • Hon. Brett Kavanaugh, U.S. Court of Appeals, D.C. Circuit
  • Hon. Alex Kozinski, U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
  • Hon. Diarmuid F. O'Scannlain, U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
  • Hon. Jerry Smith, U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit
  • Hon. David Stras, Associate Justice, Supreme Court of Minnesota
  • Moderator: Hon. David B. Sentelle, U.S. Court of Appeals, D.C. Circuit
  • Introduction: Mr. Dean A. Reuter, Vice President & Director of Practice Groups, The Federalist Society

The Mayflower Hotel
Washington, DC

Changing the Rules: The Senate Filibuster - Podcast

Federalism & Separation of Powers Practice Group Podcast
Carrie Severino, M. Edward Whelan, Dean A. Reuter December 19, 2013

Senate FloorLast month, the U.S. Senate changed its procedural rules well into the tenure of a Congress. The rules change concerned the filibuster. Where previously a cloture vote to end debate on all filibusters required 60 votes, cloture votes on a President's Executive Branch and judicial nominees now require only 51 votes. The rules change stipulates that U.S. Supreme Court nominees are not covered by the change.

Did the Senate act contrary to its own rules, procedures, and customs by making this change in the middle of a Congress, instead of at the beginning of a Congressional term? Is the rule change a proper corrective measure in light of the growth of the use of the filibuster over the past 20 years? Or is the change an example of a majority determined to accomplish its ends merely by virtue of its being a majority? Perhaps more importantly, is the rule change here to stay, or might it be reversed in the future? These and other questions were addressed by our experts.

Featuring:

  • Carrie Severino, Chief Counsel and Policy Director, Judicial Crisis Network
  • M. Edward Whelan III, President, Ethics and Public Policy Center
  • Moderator: Dean Reuter, Vice President and Director of Practice Groups, The Federalist Society

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