State Constitutions

Ferguson, Baltimore, and Criminal Justice Reform - Event Audio/Video

2015 National Lawyers Convention
Arthur Loevy, Tim Lynch, David B. Muhlhausen, Michael P. Tremoglie, Robert L. Woodson, David Stras, Gail Heriot November 18, 2015

Criminal justice and policing reform are much in the news lately, sparked by events that garner national media coverage. This panel will assess the need for reform, and the road forward. How do media narratives about policing square with the empirical evidence? What are the most effective methods of policing, and how can they best be promoted? What is the proper way to balance police activity and the crime rate? In the current atmosphere, is legitimate police activity chilled? Must law enforcement officers responding to calls pause to consider their potential personal liability?

Civil Rights: Ferguson, Baltimore, and Criminal Justice Reform
12:00 noon – 2:15 p.m.
East Room

  • Mr. Arthur Loevy, Partner, Loevy & Loevy
  • Mr. Tim Lynch, Director, Project on Criminal Justice, The Cato Institute
  • Dr. David B. Muhlhausen, Research Fellow in Empirical Policy Analysis,  Center for Data Analysis, The Heritage Foundation
  • Mr. Michael P. Tremoglie, Former Philadelphia Police Officer
  • Mr. Robert L. Woodson, Sr., Founder and President, Center for Neighborhood Enterprise
  • Moderator: Hon. David Stras, Associate Justice, Supreme Court of Minnesota
  • Introduction: Hon. Gail Heriot, Professor of Law, University of San Diego School of Law

The Mayflower Hotel
Washington, DC

Overreach in the States - Event Audio/Video

2015 National Lawyers Convention
Adam Laxalt, William H. Pryor Jr., Adam J. White, Leonard A. Leo November 18, 2015

This panel of current and former state Attorneys General will examine the relationship between the federal and state governments, vertical separation of powers, as well as the regulatory regime within states. Many state AG offices are litigating more, and more important cases, than ever before. A recent spate of lawsuits has pitted a fair number of states against the federal government, challenging underlying federal authority for discreet actions taken. Meanwhile, laws and regulations by state government actors, including business licensing and other regulations governing business and employment, are being challenged by others, often defended by state Attorneys General. The panel will discuss and debate these and other emerging challenges.

Special Session: Overreach in the States
9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
Grand Ballroom

  • Hon. Adam Laxalt, Attorney General, State of Nevada
  • Hon. William H. Pryor Jr., U.S. Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit
  • Moderator: Mr. Adam J. White, Counsel, Boyden Gray & Associates
  • Introduction: Mr. Leonard A. Leo, Executive Vice President, The Federalist Society

The Mayflower Hotel
Washington, DC

Capital Punishment Once Again Before the Supreme Court: Kansas v. Gleason and Kansas v. Carr - Podcast

Criminal Law & Procedure Practice Group Podcast
William J. Haun October 08, 2015

Somewhat overlooked at the end of the United States Supreme Court’s October 2014 term was a contentious 5-4 decision on the application of the death penalty in Glossip v. Gross. On Wednesday, October 7, the second day of oral arguments for the term, the Supreme Court wasted no time in turning its attention back towards the death penalty in Kansas v. Gleason and Kansas v. Carr. The cases ask the Court to decide whether the Eighth Amendment requires that capital juries be “affirmatively instructed” that mitigating circumstances need not be proved beyond reasonable doubt. Will the October 2015 term be remembered, as some commentators are predicting, for its remarkable Eighth Amendment focus?


  • William J. Haun, Associate, Hunton & Williams LLP

Keystone XL in the Nebraska Supreme Court - Podcast

Environmental Law & Property Rights Practice Group Podcast
Katie Spohn, J. Tyler Ward January 29, 2015

On January 9, 2015, the Nebraska Supreme Court held that the law dictating the potential path of the Keystone XL pipeline through the state was not unconstitutional. President Obama previously cited the pending lawsuit as a reason to delay making an approval decision on the controversial pipeline project. Nebraska’s former Deputy Attorney General Katie Spohn argued the case, and she joined a Teleforum conference call to discuss the decision and potential upcoming Keystone XL litigation.

  • Katie Spohn, Partner, Bruning Law Group, LLC
  • Moderator: J. Tyler Ward II, Member, Environmental Law & Property Rights Practice Group Executive Committee

2014 North Carolina Supreme Court Judicial Candidate Forum - Event Video

Charlotte Lawyers Chapter
Cheri Beasley, Samuel J. Ervin, Robin Hudson, Robert N. Hunter, Eric Levinson, Ola Lewis, Mark D. Martin, Michael L. Robinson, Jenna Deery, Jay Conison, Bradley Lingo, Susan Rodriguez October 08, 2014

In November, North Carolina voters will head to the polls to elect four of the seven members of the North Carolina Supreme Court. As a majority of the seats on the Supreme Court are at stake, the outcome of the election will have a long lasting impact on the law of the State. The candidate forums will provide the candidates with the opportunity to discuss their judicial philosophies and their view of the role of the Supreme Court in our system of government. This forum was held on October 8, 2014, at the UNC Charlotte Center City (Uptown) in Charlotte, North Carolina.


  • Justice Cheri Beasley, North Carolina Supreme Court
  • Judge Sam J. Ervin, IV, North Carolina Court of Appeals
  • Justice Robin Hudson, North Carolina Supreme Court
  • Justice Robert N. Hunter, Jr., North Carolina Supreme Court
  • Judge Eric Levinson, Seventh Division of the Superior Court, North Carolina
  • Judge Ola Lewis, Fourth Division of the Superior Court, North Carolina
  • Chief Justice Mark Martin, North Carolina Supreme Court
  • Mr. Mike Robinson, Partner, Robinson & Lawing, LLP
  • Moderator: Ms. Jenna Deery, WSOC-TV
  • Moderator: Dean Jay Conison, Charlotte School of Law
  • Introduction: Mr. Bradley Lingo, Counsel, King & Spalding and Chairman, Charlotte Chapter Federalist Society
  • Introduction: Ms. Susan Rodriguez, Associate, McGuireWoods LLP

UNC Charlotte Center City (Uptown)
Charlotte, NC