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Combating Federal Overreach - Event Audio/Video

2017 Annual Florida Chapters Conference
Amit Agarwal, Andrew Brasher, Scott Keller, Elbert Lin, Allen Winsor, Rachel Nordby February 10, 2017

This panel, Combating Federal Overreach, was held on February 4, 2017, at the 2017 Florida Chapters Conference at Disney's BoardWalk Inn at the Walt Disney World® Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Florida.

Combating Federal Overreach
2:15 p.m. – 3:45 p.m.

  • Amit Agarwal, Solicitor General, Florida
  • Andrew Brasher, Solicitor General, Alabama
  • Scott Keller, Solicitor General, Texas
  • Elbert Lin, Solicitor General, West Virginia
  • Moderator: Hon. Allen Winsor, Florida 1st District Court of Appeals and Former Solicitor General, Florida
  • Introduction: Rachel Nordby, Deputy Solicitor General, Florida Office of the Attorney General

Disney's Boardwalk Inn
Lake Buena Vista, FL

Debate—State Blaine Amendments - Event Audio/Video

2017 Annual Western Chapters Conference
David Cortman, Steven Green, Carlos T. Bea, Lisa Ezell February 06, 2017

The Supreme Court has agreed to hear oral arguments in Trinity Lutheran Church of Columbia, Inc. v. Pauley. The case questions whether the exclusion of churches from an otherwise neutral and secular aid program violates the First Amendment’s guarantee of Free Exercise of Religion and the Fourteenth Amendment’s Equal Protection Clause. Debaters will address this case along with the Blaine Amendment implications.

This panel was part of the 2017 Annual Western Chapters Conference at The Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, CA on January 28, 2017.

Debate—State Blaine Amendments
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

  • David A. Cortman, Senior Counsel and Vice President of U.S. Litigation, Alliance Defending Freedom
  • Prof. Steven Green, Fred H. Paulus Professor of Law and Director of the Center for Religion, Law & Democracy, Willamette University College of Law
  • Moderator: Hon. Carlos Bea, U.S. Court of Appeals, 9th Circuit
  • Introduction: Lisa Ezell, Vice President & Director of Lawyers Chapters, The Federalist Society

The Ronald Reagan Presidential Library
Simi Valley, CA

Views and opinions expressed by the Federalist Society are not necessarily shared by the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library.

Conversation with State Supreme Court Justices - Event Audio/Video

2017 Annual Western Chapters Conference
Clint Bolick, Stephen J. Markman, Diane S. Sykes, Jennifer Perkins February 06, 2017

What is the proper role of the State judiciary when considering questions of federal law?  If there are independent and adequate federal and State grounds, on which basis should a state supreme court decide a case?

This panel was part of the 2017 Annual Western Chapters Conference at The Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, CA on January 28, 2017.

Luncheon: Conversation with State Supreme Court Justices
12:00 Noon – 1:45 pm

  • Hon. Clint Bolick, Arizona Supreme Court
  • Hon. Stephen Markman, Michigan Supreme Court
  • Moderator: Hon. Diane Sykes, U.S. Court of Appeals, 7th Circuit
  • Introduction: Jennifer Perkins, Assistant Solicitor General, AG Opinions and Ethics at Arizona Attorney General's Office

The Ronald Reagan Presidential Library
Simi Valley, CA

Views and opinions expressed by the Federalist Society are not necessarily shared by the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library.