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Supreme Court Preview: What Is in Store for October Term 2016?

Co-Sponsored by the Faculty Division and the Practice Groups Tuesday, September 27, 12:00 PMNational Press Club
529 14th Street, NW
Washington, DC 20045

October 4th will mark the first day of oral arguments for the 2016 Supreme Court term. The Court's docket already includes major cases involving insider trading, the Fourth Amendment, the Sixth Amendment, the Eighth Amendment, criminal law, IP and patent law, the Free Exercise and Equal Protection Clauses, the Fair Housing Act, and voting rights.

The full list of cases granted thus far for the upcoming term can be viewed on SCOTUSblog here. The panelists will also discuss the current composition and the future of the Court.


  • Mr. Thomas C. Goldstein, Goldstein & Russell PC
  • Prof. Nicholas Quinn Rosenkranz, Georgetown Law Center
  • Ms. Carrie Severino, Judicial Crisis Network
  • Hon. George J. Terwilliger, McGuireWoods LLP
  • Moderator: Mr. Robert Barnes, The Washington Post

The Permission Society: How the Ruling Class Turns Our Freedoms into Privileges and What We Can Do about It

Hosted by The Federalist Society and The Cato Institute’s Center for Constitutional Studies Tuesday, October 11, 11:00 AMCato Institute
Hayek Auditorium
1000 Massachusetts Avenue, N.W.
Washington, DC 20001

Throughout history, kings and emperors have promised “freedoms” to their people. Yet these freedoms were really only permissions handed down from on high. The American Revolution inaugurated a new vision: People have basic rights to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness, and government must ask permission from them. Sadly, our modern bureaucratic society has turned back the clock, transforming America into a nation where our freedoms — the right to speak freely, to earn a living, to own a gun, to use private property, even to take medicine to save one’s own life — are again treated as privileges the government may grant or withhold at will. In this new book,Timothy Sandefur examines the history of the distinction between rights and privileges that played such a crucial role in the American experiment, and the fight ahead to regain our freedoms. Illustrated with dozens of real-life examples — including many cases he himself litigated — Sandefur shows how treating freedoms as government-created privileges undermines our Constitution and betrays the basic principles of human dignity.


  • Timothy Sandefur, Vice President for Litigation, Goldwater Institute
  • Alan Morrison, Associate Dean and Professional Lecturer in Law, George Washington University Law School
  • Hon. Stephen F. Williams, Senior Judge, U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit
  • Moderator: Roger Pilon, Director, Center for Constitutional Studies, Cato Institute.

2016 National Lawyers Convention

The Jurisprudence and Legacy of Justice Scalia Thursday, November 17, 12:00 AMThe Mayflower Hotel
1127 Connecticut Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20036

The 2016 National Lawyers Convention is scheduled for Thursday, November 17 through Saturday, November 19 at the Mayflower Hotel in Washington, D.C. The topic of this year's convention is: The Jurisprudence and Legacy of Justice Scalia. Registration is now open!

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