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1st Annual Barbara K. Olson Memorial Lecture - Event Video

2001 National Lawyers Convention
Theodore B. Olson, Robert H. Bork March 16, 2010

On September 11, 2001, at the age of 45 and at the height of her professional and personal life, Barbara Olson was murdered in the terrorist attacks against the United States as a passenger on the hijacked American Airlines flight that was flown into the Pentagon. The Federalist Society established this annual lecture in Barbara's memory because of her enormous contributions as an active member, supporter, and volunteer leader. United States Solicitor General Theodore B. Olson delivered the inaugural lecture in honor of his late wife.

2011 James Madison Award Presentation - Prepared Remarks

New York City Federalist Society 25th Anniversary Dinner
Andrew C. McCarthy, Michael B. Mukasey June 02, 2011

On April 25, 2011, the New York City Lawyers Chapter hosted its 25th Anniversary Dinner and presented the 2011 James Madison Award to former U.S. Attorney General Michael Mukasey. Andrew C. McCarthy, a Senior Fellow at the National Review Institute and Co-Chair of the Center for Law and Counterterrorism at the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies, gave the introduction and presented the award. The following are their prepared remarks.

A Conversation on the NSA Surveillance Programs - Event Audio/Video

The NSA, Security, Privacy, and Intelligence Symposium
Michael Chertoff, Anthony D. Romero, Ellen Nakashima, Vincent J. Vitkowsky March 04, 2014

A Conversation on the NSA Surveillance Programs - Event Audio/VideoIn the 12 years since 9/11, as the national security threat matrix has become increasingly complex, technological advances have expanded intelligence gathering capabilities significantly. Recently, public concern about government monitoring of individuals has come to the forefront of the discussion. To address the intersection of security, privacy, and intelligence, the President has proposed several reforms, and is studying others in consultation with Congress. This Symposium will analyze and offer observations on those proposals.

The Federalist Society presented this panel at "The NSA, Security, Privacy, and Intelligence Symposium" on February 24, 2014, at Jones Day LLP in Washington, DC.

Luncheon: A Conversation on the NSA Surveillance Programs
12:30 – 1:45 p.m.

  • Hon. Michael Chertoff, Co-founder and Managing Principal, The Chertoff Group, and former Secretary, United States Department of Homeland Security
  • Mr. Anthony D. Romero, Executive Director, American Civil Liberties Union
  • Moderator: Ms. Ellen Nakashima, National Security Reporter, The Washington Post
  • Introduction: Mr. Vincent J. Vitkowsky, Chairman, International & National Security Law Practice Group, The Federalist Society

Jones Day LLP
Washington, DC

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ABA House of Delegates Considers Policies on Religious Profiling, SLAPPs, and Campaign Finance

ABA Watch August 2012
August 03, 2012

ABA House of Delegates Considers Policies on Religious Profiling, SLAPPs, and Campaign FinanceThe Section of Individual Rights and Responsibilities Criminal Justice Section has proposed Recommendation 116 to amend its most recent policy passed in 2008 regarding racial and ethnic profiling. The sponsors request that federal, state, local, and territorial governments enact legislation, policies, and procedures to eliminate the use of perceived or known religious affiliation when suggesting an individual is engaged in criminal activity in the absence of specific and articulable facts... [Read more!]

ABA Watch August 2008

Table of Contents
August 06, 2008

ABA WatchIn this issue, we offer an overview of the ABA’s policy on gun control, offered in light of the recent decision in the Heller case. We also discuss an ethical issue concerning attorneys fees by the ABA Standing Committee on Ethics and Professional Responsibility considered last Fall. We also profile several of the award winners at the ABA’s Annual Meeting. And, as in the past, we digest and summarize actions before the House of Delegates. [More]