Rule of Law

2014 National Lawyers Convention

Millennials, Equity and the Rule of Law November 13, 09:00 AMThe Renaissance Mayflower Hotel
1127 Connecticut Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20036
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The Federalist Society's 2014 National Lawyers Convention is scheduled for Thursday, November 13 through Saturday, November 15 at the Mayflower Hotel in Washington, D.C. The topic of this year's convention is: Millennials, Equity and the Rule of Law.

Magna Carta: Muse and Mentor

Exhibition at the Library of Congress Co-Sponsored by The Federalist Society November 06, 12:00 AMLibrary of Congress
101 Independence Ave., SE
Washington, DC 20540
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For 10 weeks—from Nov. 6, 2014 through Jan. 19, 2015—the Library of Congress will display one of only four surviving copies of Magna Carta from 1215, the great charter of rights and liberties, which will be the centerpiece of the Library’s exhibition "Magna Carta: Muse and Mentor."

The exhibition, which celebrates the 800th anniversary of Magna Carta, will tell the story of the charter’s creation in England, reinterpretation through the centuries, and emergence as an enduring document of constitutional law in the United States.

The 1215 Lincoln Cathedral Magna Carta will be on loan from the Lincoln Cathedral in England. The document is traveling first to the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, where it will be on display from July 2 to Sept. 1, and then to the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute in Williamstown, Massachusetts from Sept. 6 through Nov. 2. Its final stop in America will be the Library of Congress.

The Library’s 10-week exhibition will feature medieval manuscripts, published works, prints, photographs, maps, posters and annotated draft opinions by justices of the U.S. Supreme Court. The 75 items will be drawn from the collections of the Law Library of Congress and from the following custodial divisions at the Library: Prints and Photographs; Rare Book and Special Collections; Music; Manuscript; Geography and Map; and Serial and Government Publications.

In addition to the 800th anniversary, the exhibition marks the 75th anniversary of Lincoln Cathedral Magna Carta’s first visit to the Library of Congress. After a six-month public viewing in the British Pavilion at the 1939 New York World’s Fair, the document traveled to Washington, D.C. On Nov. 28, 1939, the British Ambassador to the United States, in an official ceremony, handed Magna Carta over to Librarian of Congress Archibald MacLeish for safekeeping during World War II. The Library placed the document on exhibition until the U.S. entry into the war, when the Library sent Magna Carta to Fort Knox, Ky. The document returned to England in 1946.

Major support for this exhibition is provided by The Federalist Society and 1st Financial Bank USA, with additional contributions from The Burton Foundation for Legal Achievement, the Friends of the Law Library of Congress and the Earhart Foundation.
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Stealth Regulation -- Agency Circumvention of OIRA and the APA? - Podcast

Administrative Law & Regulation Practice Group Podcast
John D. Graham, Todd J. Zywicki September 10, 2014

John D. Graham, former Administrator of the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA), and Professor Todd J. Zywicki participated in a Teleforum conference call discussing the use of stealth regulatory tactics by federal agencies to circumvent OIRA review and rulemaking standards under the Administrative Procedures Act. Dr. Graham and Prof. Zywicki addressed the range of tactics used by agencies to bypass OIRA and APA regulatory standards, the implications of such tactics to the democratic accountability and technical competence of agencies, and options for pursuing reform. Both Speakers drew from a multi-author research collaboration organized by the Mercatus Center at George Mason University and edited by Dr. Graham that was published in Volume 37, Issue 2 and the Federalist Edition, Volume 1, Issue 1 of the Harvard Journal of Law and Public Policy.

  • Dr. John D. Graham, Dean, Indiana University School of Public and Environmental Affairs, and former Administrator, Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (2001-2006)
  • Prof. Todd J. Zywicki, Foundation Professor of Law, George Mason University School of Law, and Senior Scholar, Mercatus Center at George Mason University

Obama's Enforcer: Eric Holder's Justice Department - Podcast

Federalism & Separation of Powers Practice Group Podcast
John Fund, Hans A. von Spakovsky June 20, 2014

Obama's Enforcer: Eric Holder's Justice DepartmentIn their new book, Obama's Enforcer: Eric Holder's Justice Department, Hans von Spakovsky and John Fund present an analysis of the Attorney General’s role in advancing the administration’s political agenda, as well as his responsibilities as a “heat shield,” protecting the president on numerous fronts. The authors joined us on a Teleforum conference call to discuss the book and answer questions from a call-in audience.

  • John Fund, National Affairs Columnist, National Review and Fox News Analyst
  • Hans A. von Spakovsky, Senior Legal Fellow and Manager, Civil Justice Reform Initiative, The Heritage Foundation

Democracy in Decline? - Podcast

International & National Security Law and Professional Responsibility & Legal Education Practice Groups Podcast
James Allan, James A. Haynes May 27, 2014

Democracy in Decline: Steps in the Wrong Direction

Part lament, part provocative call-to-action, Democracy in Decline: Steps in the Wrong Direction argues how democracy is being diluted and restricted in five of the world's oldest democracies – the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Australia, and New Zealand. University of Queensland School of Law Professor James Allan targets four main, interconnected causes of decline – judicial activism, the transformation and growth of international law, the development of supranational organizations, and the presence of undemocratic elites. He argues that the same trends are occurring whether the country has a constitutional bill of rights (United States and Canada), a statutory bill of rights (the United Kingdom and New Zealand), or no bill of rights at all (Australia). Identifying tactics used by lawyers, judges, and international bureaucrats to deny that any decline has occurred, Mr. Allan looks ahead to further deterioration caused by attacks on free speech, intolerant worldviews, internationalization through treaties and conventions, and illegal immigration. Social and political decisions, Mr. Allan argues, must be based on counting every adult in a nation state as equal. An essential book for anyone concerned with majority rule and fairness in numbers, Democracy in Decline presents an account of trends that he says have been undermining democracy over three decades.


  • Professor James Allan, Garrick Professor in Law, The University of Queensland School of Law, and author of Democracy in Decline
  • James A. Haynes, Attorney and Alternate Judge, Employees Compensation Appeals Board, U.S. Department of Labor