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The 2014 Mid-Terms: Politics & Policy

Charlotte Lawyers Chapter September 03, 12:00 PMAlston & Bird LLP
Bank of America Plaza
101 S. Tryon Street, 37th floor
Charlotte, NC 28280

Speaker:

  • Sean TrendeSenior Elections Analyst, RealClearPolitics; Co-Editor, Almanac of American Politics

The Campus Sexual Assault Epidemic

Los Angeles Lawyers Chapter September 04, 12:00 PMMcCormick & Schmick's
4th & Hope Streets
Los Angeles, CA 90071

Speakers:

  • Heather Mac Donald, Fellow, Manhattan Institute and Contributing Editor, City Journal
  • Caroline Heldman, Associate Professor of Politics, Occidental College
  • Debra Wong Yang, Partner, Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP
     

Civil Asset Forfeiture

Capitol Hill Event September 04, 12:00 PMH-137
U.S. Capitol Building
Washington, DC 20002
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Civil asset forfeiture is viewed by many as a powerful tool for use by law enforcement against criminals and criminal organizations - from drug dealers to terrorists and white collar criminals. But some believe forfeiture laws have the capacity to shift law enforcement priorities away from the pursuit of justice toward the pursuit of property and profit. Is it time for reform? Or are the critics wrong? Please join us over the lunch hour for a discussion with two experts in the field. 

 

Hot Topics in Class Action Reform: The BP Deepwater Horizon Case

Sponsored by the Federalist Society's Practice Groups September 04, 12:00 PMNational Press Club
529 14th Street NW
Washington, DC 20045
Gulf of Mexico beach

Putting aside criminal cases, the stakes for all sides are perhaps never higher than in a class action case – mere certification of a class can increase the pressure to settle exponentially. But, of course, the class must be properly composed in order to be certified. In the recently-decided Wal-Mart v. Dukes case, the U.S. Supreme Court revisited some of the basic requirements for certification of a class of plaintiffs, including commonality. Other requirements of Rule 23 certification may surface in ongoing litigation stemming from the 2010 BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill, where defense attorneys are arguing, among other things, that the settlement agreement is being administered and interpreted overly broadly to include numerous class members who have not suffered any injury caused by BP. Our experts will discuss recent developments in class action litigation, including a pending petition for cert in the BP case.

Featuring:

  • Prof. Neal K. Katyal, Partner, Hogan Lovells, and Paul and Patricia Saunders Professor of National Security Law, Georgetown University Law Center
  • Hon. Theodore B. Olson, Partner, Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP
  • Moderator: Mr. Stuart S. Taylor, Jr., Nonresident Senior Fellow in Governance Studies, The Brookings Institution

Second Annual Law Review and Journal Topic Selection Night

Miami Lawyers Chapter September 04, 06:00 PMK&L Gates LLP
Southeast Financial Center
200 South Biscayne Blvd.
Suite 3900
Miami, FL 33131

We invite law students from the University of Miami and FIU who would like to meet with practicing attorneys and members of the judiciary to discuss potential topics for their law review and journal articles.

 

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