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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

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

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

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

Mortgage Foreclosures: Are Home Values Higher when Courts are not Involved? Should the Florida Legislature Remove Judges from the Process?

The Miami Lawyers Chapter

May 1, 2014


  • Dr. Paul Willen, Ph.D., Senior Economist and Policy Advisor, The Federal Reserve Bank of Boston; and Visiting Professor of Economics, Harvard University

May 2014 DC Luncheon with George Will

Washington, DC Lawyers Chapter

May 2, 2014

George WillJoin us on May 2nd for the Washington, DC Lawyers Chapter Luncheon featuring Mr. George F. Will of The Washington Post as he discusses campaign finance reform. The cost is $15 for members of the Society and $20 for non-members. [Register now!]

Luncheon with Kyle Duncan

The Dallas Lawyers Chapter

May 5, 2014


  • Kyle Duncan, Special Counsel to the State of Louisiana; and Former General Counsel of the Becket Fund