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Supreme Court Preview: What Is in Store for October Term 2014?

Co-Sponsored by the Faculty Division and the Practice Groups September 23, 12:00 PMNational Press Club
529 14th Street NW
Washington, DC 20045

October 6th will mark the first day of the 2014 Supreme Court term. Thus far, the Court's docket includes major cases involving the First Amendment, separation of powers, election law, criminal law, and more.

Notable cases include Alabama Democratic Conference v. Alabama and Alabama Legislative Black Caucus v. Alabama, which concern whether Alabama's legislative redistricting plans were unconstitutional; Elonis v. U.S., which concerns when it is a federal crime to make threatening statements, including messages or postings on social networking web sites such as Facebook; Yates v. U.S., which concerns whether Mr. Yates was given fair notice that throwing undersized fish into the Gulf of Mexico would violate the "document shredding provision" of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act; and Zivotofsky v. Kerry, which concerns Congress's vs. the President's authority over passports and foreign affairs.

The Court is also likely to add other significant cases, potentially including King v. Burwell, concerning whether the IRS may extend tax-credit subsidies to offset the cost of coverage purchased through exchanges established by the federal government (rather than state-created exchanges) under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act; TheEpiscopal Church v. The Episcopal Diocese of Fort Worth, which concerns the resolution of church property disputes; and one or more same-sex marriage cases. In addition to these cases and others, the panelists will discuss the current composition and the future of the Court. 

Featuring:

  • Mr. William Consovoy, Partner, Wiley Rein
  • Prof. Orin Kerr, Fred C. Stevenson Research Professor of Law, George Washington University Law School
  • Ms. Virginia Seitz, Partner, Sidley Austin
  • Ms. Carrie Severino, Chief Counsel and Policy Director, Judicial Crisis Network
  • Mr. Adam White, Counsel, Boyden Gray & Associates
  • Moderator: Mr. Adam Liptak, Supreme Court Correspondent, New York Times

Consumer Credit and the American Economy

Co-Sponsored by the Cato Institute and the Federalist Society September 30, 12:00 PMCato Institute
1000 Massachusetts Ave NW
Washington, DC 20001

The use of consumer credit in America is ubiquitous. This is a phenomonon that has developed relatively recently in America. In Consumer Credit and the American Economy, authors explore why this is the case and what effect it has had upon America's economy. This book examines the economics, behavioral science, sociology, history, institutions, law, and regulation of consumer credit in the United States. 

Join the Cato Institute and the Federalist Society as some of the foremost experts in consumer financial regulation discuss the history of consumer credit as well as what we can expect to see in years to come.

Featuring:

  • Prof. Todd Zywicki, George Mason University School of Law
  • Prof. Anthony Yezer, Department of Economics, George Washington University
  • Moderator: Mark Calabria, Director, Financial Regulation Studies, Cato Institute.

Magna Carta: Muse and Mentor

Exhibition at the Library of Congress Co-Sponsored by The Federalist Society November 06, 10:00 AMLibrary of Congress
101 Independence Ave., SE
Washington, DC 20540
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The Library of Congress will celebrate the 800th anniversary of the first issue of Magna Carta with a 10-week exhibition from Thursday, November 62014 through Monday, January 192015. The 1215 Lincoln Cathedral Magna Carta will be the centerpiece of the exhibition. In addition, there will be approximately 75 items from the Law Library of Congress and from various other divisions of the Library, which will tell the story of 800 years of Magna Carta’s influence on the history of political liberty.

The Library’s exhibition will demonstrate how interpretations of Magna Carta through the centuries led to the constitutional guarantees of individual liberty brought forth by the Founding Fathers of the United States. It will describe how a number of the most basic principles of the U.S. Constitution—consent of the governed, the right to a trial by jury, the right to due process of law, freedom from unlawful imprisonment and limited government under the law—can be traced to Magna Carta.

The Library’s exhibition also will celebrate the 75th anniversary of the Lincoln Cathedral Magna Carta’s first visit to the Library of Congress.  After a six-month exhibit in the British Pavilion at the 1939 New York World’s Fair, the document traveled to Washington, D.C.  In an official ceremony on November 28, 1939, Lord Lothian, ambassador to the United States handed Magna Carta over to Librarian of Congress Archibald MacLeish for safekeeping during World War II.  The Library placed the document on exhibition until the U.S. entry into the war, when the Library sent Magna Carta to Fort Knox, Kentucky.  The document returned to England in 1946.

Law Librarian of Congress David S. Mao said, "Through this exhibition we will celebrate the core tradition of the rule of law.  While aiming to detail the enduring impact of Magna Carta over 800 years, our exhibit will illuminate its influence on our legal traditions and political thought while examining the unfolding story of the rule of law throughout the world.  We look forward to taking a leading role in the American commemoration of the 800th anniversary of this legal treasure."

The exhibition curator is Nathan Dorn, rare book curator in the Law Library of Congress, and the exhibition directors are Cheryl Ann Regan and Martha Hopkins from the Library’s Interpretive Programs Office.

Additionally, the Library of Congress curated and provided materials for a facsimile traveling exhibition on Magna Carta for the American Bar Association (ABA). The exhibition opened at the 2014 ABA Annual Meeting in Boston and will travel across the United States for the next few years. In June 2015, the ABA Magna Carta Facsimile Traveling Exhibit will journey to England. For more information on ABA’s Magna Carta commemoration, visit www.facebook.com/abamagnacarta.

2014 National Lawyers Convention

Millennials, Equity and the Rule of Law November 13, 09:00 AMThe Renaissance Mayflower Hotel
1127 Connecticut Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20036
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The Federalist Society's 2014 National Lawyers Convention is scheduled for Thursday, November 13 through Saturday, November 15 at the Mayflower Hotel in Washington, D.C. The topic of this year's convention is: Millennials, Equity and the Rule of Law.

17th Annual Faculty Conference

Faculty Division January 03, 12:00 AMOmni Shoreham Hotel
2500 Calvert Street NW
Washington, DC 20008

The 17th Annual Federalist Society Faculty Conference was held on January 3-4, 2015 at the Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington, DC. The purpose of our Annual Faculty Conferences is to provide an opportunity for those interested in the Society to share ideas and scholarship with each other.