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Federalism and Religious Liberties - Event Audio/Video

2016 Annual Florida Chapters Conference
Carl H. Esbeck, William P. Marshall, Michael P. Moreland, Timothy Osterhaus, Nathan A. Adams February 03, 2016

This panel will address the religious rights of persons and corporate entities in the context of the same sex marriage rulings, threats to not-for-profit status, cake baking, and other current areas of uncertainty. The panel will also discuss appropriate Federal/Florida roles and possible distinctions between protection under the law and civil disobedience in the context of religious liberty.

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.

Federalism and Religious Liberties

  • Prof. Carl H. Esbeck, R.B. Price Professor Emeritus of Law/Isabelle Wade & Paul C. Lyda Emeritus of Law, University of Missouri School of Law
  • Prof. William P. Marshall, William Rand Kenan, Jr. Distinguished Professor of Law, University of North Carolina School of Law
  • Prof. Michael P. Moreland, Mary Ann Remick Senior Visiting Fellow and Concurrent Professor of Law at University of Notre Dame
  • Moderator: Hon. Timothy Osterhaus, Florida First District Court of Appeal
  • Introduction: Dr. Nathan Adams, Holland & Knight LLP

Disney's Boardwalk Inn
Lake Buena Vista, FL

Interview with Kirsten Powers - Event Audio/Video

2015 National Lawyers Convention
Kirsten Powers, Nicholas Quinn Rosenkranz November 24, 2015

On November 14, 2015, during the Federalist Society's 2015 National Lawyers Convention in Washington, DC, Professor Nicholas Quinn Rosenkranz of the Georgetown University Law Center interviewed USA Today Columnist, Daily Beast Columnist, and FOX News Contributor Ms. Kirsten Powers.

Interview with Kirsten Powers
12:30 p.m. – 2:15 p.m.
Grand Ballroom

  • Ms. Kirsten Powers, USA Today Columnist, Daily Beast Columnist, and FOX News Contributor
  • Interviewed by: Prof. Nicholas Quinn Rosenkranz, Georgetown University Law Center and Federalist Society Board of Directors

The Mayflower Hotel
Washington, DC

Note: There were technical issues with Prof. Rosenkranz's microphone at the beginning of the video during his introduction, but the issues were resolved by the time the interview begins.

A Right to Speak Anonymously? Political Contributors and Reporters’ Confidential Sources - Event Audio/Video

2015 National Lawyers Convention
Andrew Grossman, Stephen R. Klein, Paul S. Ryan, Hans A. von Spakovsky, Robert P. Young, Jr., Manuel Klausner November 18, 2015

Supporters of mandated disclosure of the source of speech (or of money used to pay for speech) claim it can provide important information to the public and the legal system. But opponents say it violates privacy rights and can also deter the sources from speaking or contributing.

This debate also applies to reporters' confidential sources. In both situations, disclosure (of who contributed or spent, or who a confidential source was) may provide useful information to voters, prosecutors, civil litigants, judges, or jurors. In both situations, requiring disclosure of the source may deter people from contributing to controversial campaigns or organizations, or from talking to journalists. Politically, people tend to react differently to these reactions – confidentiality of contributors tends to be more supported by conservatives, while confidentiality of journalists' sources tends to be more supported by liberals. But structurally, are these issues similar? This panel will consider both these questions together.

Free Speech: A Right to Speak Anonymously?  Political Contributors and Reporters’ Confidential Sources
3:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
State Room

  • Mr. Andrew M. Grossman, Associate, BakerHostetler
  • Mr. Stephen Klein, Pillar of Law Institute
  • Mr. Paul S. Ryan, Senior Counsel, Campaign Legal Center
  • Hon. Hans von Spakovsky, Manager, Election Law Reform Initiative and Senior Legal Fellow, The Heritage Foundation
  • Moderator: Hon. Robert P. Young, Jr., Chief Justice, Supreme Court of Michigan
  • Introduction: Mr. Manuel Klausner, Co-Founder, Trustee, and Legal Advisor, Reason Foundation and General Counsel, Individual Rights Foundation

The Mayflower Hotel
Washington, DC