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21st Anniversary Celebration

The San Diego Lawyers Chapter

April 24, 2014

Keynote Speech to be delivered by 2014 Bernie Siegan Award Recipient:

  • Congressman Darrell Issa, U.S. House of Representatives from California's 49th District

Removal: Necessary and Sufficient for Presidential Control

Chicago Student Chapter

April 25, 2014


  • Professor Neomi Rao, George Mason Law

Point of Attack: Preventive War, International Law, and Global Warfare

The Los Angeles Lawyers Chapter

April 25, 2014


  • Prof. John Yoo, UC Berkeley School of Law
  • Prof. Angelo Codevilla, Boston University

Hobby Lobby and the Limits of a Corporate Conscience

The Birmingham Lawyers Chapter

April 25, 2014


  • Cameron Smith, Vice President and General Counsel, Alabama Policy Institute

Intellectual Disability, National Origin, and the Death Penalty – Hernandez v. Stephens

Civil Rights Practice Group Teleforum

April 25, 2014

In 2000, Ramiro Hernandez was convicted in Texas state court of murdering his employer, and was sentenced to death. Hernandez sought habeas relief from the state district court, arguing in part that because he suffered from mental retardation, his execution would be unconstitutional under Atkins v. Virginia. In Hernandez v. Stephens, the Fifth Circuit ruled that Atkins permits a state court to find that a defendant is not intellectually disabled, notwithstanding IQ scores in the disabled range, if that score is brought up to the bottom of the non-disabled range when "scaled to Mexican norms." Can the determination of intellectual disability -- and thus death penalty eligibility -- depend on his national origin? Our experts will discuss the case.


  • Erin C. Blondel, Associate, Ellis & Winters LLP
  • Prof. Ernest A. Young, Alston & Bird Professor of Law, Duke University School of Law

Who Rules Patents? A Discussion with Chief Judge Randall R. Rader

Intellectual Property Practice Group Teleforum

April 28, 2014

Having completed work on the America Invents Act in 2011, Congress is now considering further patent revision legislation. While some observers argue that the patent system is broken, in dire need of repair, others assert that the patent system has fostered innovation in technology, communications and elsewhere, which has permitted remarkable advances and robust economic expansion in those sectors in an otherwise tepid economy. Is the business world overrun with patent suits, or are judges already empowered to control nuisance litigation? What parts of the current patent revision efforts are true reform, and which are unwarranted government intrusions? What are the respective roles and expertise of the judiciary and the legislature when it comes to patents, patentability, fee-shifting, patent-licensing, and more? These and other issues will be discussed by Chief Judge Randall R. Rader, United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.


  • Hon. Randall R. Rader, Chief Judge, United States Court of Appeals, Federal Circuit

Is Campaign Finance Law Dead?

The New Jersey Lawyers Chapter

April 29, 2014


  • Ilya Shapiro, Senior Fellow in Constitutional Studies and Editor-in-Chief of the Cato Supreme Court Review, Cato Institute

Can the Law of War Meet 21st Century Threats?

The New York City Lawyers Chapter

April 29, 2014


  • John Yoo, Emanuel S. Heller Professor of Law, UC Berkeley School of Law; Former Deputy Assistant Attorney General, U.S. Department of Justice
  • Michael W. Lewis, Professor of Law, The Ohio Northern University Petit College of Law; Former F-14 Pilot and Topgun Graduate

Annual Dinner and Grano Award Presentation

The Michigan Lawyers Chapter

April 29, 2014

Keynote Speaker:

  • Hon. Ken Starr, President & Chancellor, Baylor University; Former Solicitor General for the United States

Grano Award Recipient:

  • Hon. Gerald Rosen, Chief Judge, United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan

A Win for Free Speech or Corruption? Assessing the Supreme Court’s Recent Decision in McCutcheon v. Federal Elections Commission

The Cincinnati Lawyers Chapter

April 30, 2014


  • Bradley A. Smith, Former Chairman, Federal Elections Commission; 2013-2014 Judge John T. Copenhaver Visiting Endowed Chair of Law, West Virginia University College of Law; and Josiah H. Blackmore II/Shirley M. Nault Designated Professor of Law, Capital University Law School

Total Records: 25

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