District of Columbia v. Heller

Austin Lawyers Chapter
Start : Thursday, October 16, 2008 11:30 AM
End : Thursday, October 16, 2008 01:00 PM

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Austin, TX

Featured Speakers:
Robert A. Levy



  • Robert A. Levy, The Cato Institute

District of Columbia v. Heller was the most-watched case of the Supreme Court's 2007 term, and a landmark interpretation of the Second Amendment. For the first time, the Supreme Court made absolutely clear that the Second Amendment means just what it says: it protects the individual's right to keep and bear arms, unconnected from service in the militia, and to use firearms for traditionally lawful purposes like self-defense in the home. Robert A. Levy was counsel for plaintiff Heller and instrumental in getting this important civil rights issue onto the high court's docket.

Mr. Levy is the chairman of the Cato Institute and a member of the board of directors, which he joined in 1997 after 25 years in business. He also sits on boards of the Federalist Society, the Institute for Justice, and the George Mason University School of Law. He founded CDA Investment Technologies, a major provider of financial information and software, and was its CEO until 1991. Levy clerked for Judge Royce C. Lamberth on the U.S. District Court in Washington, D.C., and for Judge Douglas H. Ginsburg on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit. From 1997 until 2004, Levy was an adjunct professor of law at Georgetown University. He has written numerous articles on investments, law, and public policy. His writing has appeared in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Washington Post, National Review, and many other publications. Levy has also discussed public policy on national radio and TV programs, including ABC's Nightline, CNN's Crossfire, Fox's The O'Reilly Factor, MSNBC's Hardball, and NBC's Today Show. His new book, co-authored with William Mellor, is The Dirty Dozen: How Twelve Supreme Court Cases Radically Expanded Government and Eroded Freedom. Levy received his Ph.D. in business from the American University and his J.D. degree from the George Mason University School of Law.

Mr. Levy will discuss the Heller decision and its implications as well as the process by which he shepherded this important case to the Supreme Court.

Registration details: Cost is $15 for Federalist Society members, $20 for non-members
1.0 hour of CLE credit pending
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