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Supreme Court Rules on Honest-Services Fraud: Robert F. McDonnell v. United States

Criminal Law & Procedure and Free Speech & Election Law Practice Groups Teleforum Wednesday, June 29, 02:00 PMFederalist Society Teleforum Conference Call

On June 27, 2016, the United States Supreme Court issued a unanimous opinion in Robert F. McDonnell v. United States. The Court vacated the public corruption convictions of former Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell, finding that the prosecution failed to properly instruct the jury on the definition of an “official action” as used in the federal bribery statute, Hobbs Act, and honest-services fraud statute. However, the Court rejected McDonnell's claims that the honest services statute and Hobbs Act are unconstitutional, and left the Court of Appeals to reconsider whether McDonnell had committed an "official act" under the Court's new definition. Our experts will discuss the impact of the opinion, as well as debate its merits, as it relates to public corruption law and the criminal law more generally, as well as to the First Amendment and campaign finance law.


  • Prof. Randall D. Eliason, George Washington University Law School
  • William J. Haun, Associate, Hunton & Williams LLP
  • Stephen R. Klein, Attorney, Pillar of Law Institute
  • Tara Malloy, Deputy Executive Director, Campaign Legal Center

Hillary Clinton's Email Server

Tampa Bay Lawyers Chapter Thursday, June 30, 12:00 PMTHE TAMPA CLUB
Bank of America Plaza
101 East Kennedy Boulevard, Suite 4200
Tampa, FL 33602


  • Shannen Coffin - Partner, Steptoe & Johnson, LLP, Formerly Counsel to the Office of Vice President Cheney and Deputy Assistant Attorney General for the Civil Division, U.S. Department of Justice

Commissioner Ajit Pai on the FCC Television Set-Top Box Proposal

Telecommunications & Electronic Media Practice Group Teleforum Thursday, June 30, 01:00 PMFederalist Society Teleforum Conference Call

In this teleforum, FCC Commissioner Ajit Pai will talk about the FCC’s proposed rulemaking to transform the pay television industry and competition for the television set-top boxes sitting in millions of homes across the country. The proposed rule seeks to unbundle the sale of programming from the sale of set-top boxes. The FCC wants third party technology companies to “build devices or software solutions that can navigate the universe of multichannel video programming with a competitive user interface.” The proposal has sparked tremendous debate among pay-television providers, technology companies, state and federal lawmakers, the Administration, and others. Advocates for the proposal think it could spur competition and unlock value for consumers with better and cheaper solutions for accessing video programming. Others believe the Commission’s proposal interferes with free market forces, creates more problems than it solves, and could compromise consumer privacy.

What is the FCC’s proposal? What are the implications for consumer privacy, advertising, and free market competition? Is a compromise possible? Commissioner Pai will explore these and other issues in this important teleforum, explain his dissent to the proposal, and offer us his vision for moving forward.


  • Hon. Ajit V. Pai, Federal Communications Commission
  • Alexander P. Okuliar, Partner, Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP

Nomination and Election Rules

Free Speech & Election Law Practice Group Teleforum Tuesday, July 05, 01:00 PMFederalist Society Teleforum Conference Call

Convention season is upon us, and the procedural rules have never seemed more important. Indeed, as we approach the respective party conventions, many people are speculating on what might or might not happen under the rules of the conventions. Join as election law expert Ben Ginsberg discusses this, and more.


  • Benjamin L. Ginsberg, Partner, Jones Day

Conservative Internationalism: A Look at American Foreign Policy

International & National Security Law Practice Group Teleforum Wednesday, July 06, 12:00 PMFederalist Society Teleforum Conference Call

United States foreign policy regarding terrorism, China, Iran, North Korea, Russia, and international trade are at the center of the election debate this year. Professor Henry Nau, the author of Conservative Internationalism: Armed Diplomacy Under Jefferson, Polk, Truman, and Reagan, has offered a framework for thinking about these geopolitical challenges. Avoiding the twin perils of overstretch and retrenchment, Professor Nau believes that the combination of force, diplomacy, and compromise used by these four presidents is the surest path to securing America’s interests while also promoting freedom. During this teleforum, Professor Nau will discuss his book, this year’s election, and how foreign policymakers should be thinking about America’s role in the world.


  • Professor Henry R. Nau, Professor of Political Science and International Affairs, Elliott School of International Affairs, The George Washington University.
  • Matthew R.A. Heiman, Vice President, Chief Compliance & Audit Officer, Tyco International

Giveth & Taketh Away?

Litigation Practice Group Teleforum Friday, July 08, 02:00 PMFederalist Society Teleforum Conference Call

After a bailout that arguably helped keep them afloat, the United States government has effectively nationalized two of the nation's largest financial institutions, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. Attorney David Thompson, managing partner of Cooper and Kirk, will survey the legal landscape, which includes numerous suits across the United States advancing different challenges to the government's actions.


  • David H. Thompson, Managing Partner, Cooper & Kirk PLLC

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