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City of Los Angeles v. Patel: What is the Proper Structure of a Fourth Amendment Challenge?

Criminal Law & Procedure Practice Group Teleforum March 03, 02:00 PMFederalist Society Teleforum Conference Call

On Tuesday, March 3, the United States Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in City of Los Angeles v. Patel. Los Angeles has an ordinance that requires hotels to maintain certain records about their guests and to produce those records for police officers upon request. The officer does not necessarily need a warrant or any particular suspicion. Hoteliers claim that this regime violates the Fourth Amendment. Interestingly, the hoteliers do not allege that any particular search was illegal. Is this kind of “facial” Fourth Amendment challenge to a statute or ordinance (as opposed to an “as applied” challenge to a particular search carried out under the statute) permissible? This issue raises fundamental questions about the constitutional structure of judicial review, with importance reaching far beyond the Fourth Amendment context.

  • Prof. Nicholas Quinn Rosenkranz, Georgetown University Law Center

Diversity Jurisdiction: Where Should Court Battles Be Fought?

Sponsored by the Federalist Society's Practice Groups and the Georgetown Center for the Constitution March 03, 02:30 PMHart Auditorium
Georgetown University Law Center
600 New Jersey Ave NW
Washington, DC 20001

In a recent article, constitutional lawyer Charles Cooper argued that federal courts have erred by too narrowly construing their statutory grants of diversity jurisdiction. Mr. Cooper urges the courts to recognize much broader federal jurisdiction based on diversity of citizenship as a matter of both statutory and constitutional interpretation. Judge Diane Wood of the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, in a 2009 address transcribed and published in the Temple Law Review, has also weighed in.. Still others have called on Congress to consider legislation that would expand federal courts' diversity jurisdiction to include all cases in which any two parties come from different states. Our panel will discuss whether (and if so, how) federal court jurisdiction should be expanded. Register now!

Featuring:

  • Robert R. Gasaway, Partner, Kirkland & Ellis LLP
  • Hon. Diane P. Wood, U.S. Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit
  • Prof. Michael S. Greve, Professor of Law, George Mason University School of Law
 

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