The 2014 Mid-Terms: Politics & Policy

Charlotte Lawyers Chapter September 03, 12:00 PMAlston & Bird LLP
Bank of America Plaza
101 S. Tryon Street, 37th floor
Charlotte, NC 28280


  • Sean TrendeSenior Elections Analyst, RealClearPolitics; Co-Editor, Almanac of American Politics

The Campus Sexual Assault Epidemic

Los Angeles Lawyers Chapter September 04, 12:00 PMMcCormick & Schmick's
4th & Hope Streets
Los Angeles, CA 90071


  • Heather Mac Donald, Fellow, Manhattan Institute and Contributing Editor, City Journal
  • Caroline Heldman, Associate Professor of Politics, Occidental College
  • Debra Wong Yang, Partner, Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP

Hot Topics in Class Action Reform: The BP Deepwater Horizon Case

Sponsored by the Federalist Society's Practice Groups September 04, 12:00 PMNational Press Club
529 14th Street NW
Washington, DC 20045
Gulf of Mexico beach

Putting aside criminal cases, the stakes for all sides are perhaps never higher than in a class action case – mere certification of a class can increase the pressure to settle exponentially. But, of course, the class must be properly composed in order to be certified. In the recently-decided Wal-Mart v. Dukes case, the U.S. Supreme Court revisited some of the basic requirements for certification of a class of plaintiffs, including commonality. Other requirements of Rule 23 certification may surface in ongoing litigation stemming from the 2010 BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill, where defense attorneys are arguing, among other things, that the settlement agreement is being administered and interpreted overly broadly to include numerous class members who have not suffered any injury caused by BP. Our experts will discuss recent developments in class action litigation, including a pending petition for cert in the BP case.


  • Prof. Neal K. Katyal, Partner, Hogan Lovells, and Paul and Patricia Saunders Professor of National Security Law, Georgetown University Law Center
  • Hon. Theodore B. Olson, Partner, Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP
  • Moderator: Mr. Stuart S. Taylor, Jr., Nonresident Senior Fellow in Governance Studies, The Brookings Institution

Civil Rights in the United States

Sponsored by the Federalist Society's Civil Rights Practice Group, the Cato Institute, and the Heritage Foundation September 09, 09:00 AMThe Mayflower Hotel
1127 Connecticut Avenue, N.W.
Washington, DC 20036
Constitution-Gavel-American Flag

Please join the Federalist Society, the Cato Institute, and the Heritage Foundation on Tuesday, September 9, 2014 for a free one day conference discussing recent developments in civil rights law. Check back as more panelists are added.

Obama's Enforcer: Eric Holder's Justice Department

San Francisco Lawyers Chapter September 09, 05:45 PMSheppard Mullin
4 Embarcadero Center, 17th Floor
San Francisco, CA 94111


  • John Fund, Columnist, National Review; and Co-Author, Obama's Enforcer: Eric Holder's Justice Department

Breakfast with Ben Ginsburg

DC Young Lawyers Chapter September 10, 08:00 AMThe Federalist Society
1015 18th Street NW #425
Washington, DC 20036


  • Ben Ginsberg, Partner, Jones Day

Act 10: A Postmortem

Madison Lawyers Chapter September 10, 11:30 AMThe Madison Club
5 East Wilson Street
Madison, WI 53703


  • Kevin St. John, Deputy Attorney General, Wisconsin

  • Eric McLeod, Whyte Hirschboeck Dudek S.C.

  • Lester Pines, Cullen Weston Pines & Bach LLP

  • Brian Hagedorn (Moderator), Chief Legal Counsel, Office of Governor Scott Walker