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Government Wrongs and Victims’ Rights

Criminal Law & Procedure Practice Group Teleforum January 27, 04:00 PMFederalist Society Teleforum Conference Call

Paul G. Cassell, a University of Utah School of Law professor and a former federal judge, will discuss victims' rights to restitution at the federal level. He will focus his presentation on a controversial practice used in the U.S. Attorney’s Office in the Eastern District of New York -- secret settlements of fraud cases without notification to the victims of the fraud. The victims are, without notice, unable to seek restitution. Professor Cassell alleges that the practice violates the Crime Victim’s Restitution Act (although the Department of Justice disputes this claim).

  • Hon. Paul G. Cassell, Ronald N. Boyce Presidential Endowed Chair in Criminal Law, The University of Utah College of Law

Keystone XL in the Nebraska Supreme Court

Environmental Law & Property Rights Practice Group Teleforum January 28, 01:00 PMFederalist Society Teleforum Conference Call

On January 9, 2015, the Nebraska Supreme Court held that the law dictating the potential path of the Keystone XL pipeline through the state was not unconstitutional. President Obama previously cited the pending lawsuit as a reason to delay making an approval decision on the controversial pipeline project. Nebraska’s former Deputy Attorney General Katie Spohn argued the case, and she will join a Teleforum conference call to discuss the decision and potential upcoming Keystone XL litigation.

  • Katie Spohn, Partner, Bruning Law Group, LLC
  • Moderator: J. Tyler Ward II, Member, Environmental Law & Property Rights Practice Group Executive Committee

Former United States Attorney General Meese on Voter ID Laws

Civil Rights and Free Speech & Election Law Practice Group Teleforum January 29, 12:00 PMFederalist Society Teleforum Conference Call

Numerous states have passed voter identification laws, and the Supreme Court has permitted them to remain in effect. Nonetheless, voter ID remains a highly controversial issue. Former United States Attorney General Edwin Meese III will discuss voter fraud and the importance of voter ID laws and answer audience questions on a live Teleforum conference call.

  • Hon. Edwin Meese III, Ronald Reagan Distinguished Fellow in Public Policy, The Heritage Foundation

Supreme Court and Patents: Teva Pharmaceuticals USA, Inc. v Sandoz, Inc.

Intellectual Property Practice Group Courthouse Steps Teleforum January 30, 01:00 PMFederalist Society Teleforum Conference Call

On January 20. 2015, the Supreme Court issued its decision in Teva Pharmaceuticals USA, Inc. v. Sandoz, Inc. The question in the case was the level of deference the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit must give to a trial court’s interpretation of patent claims.

In an opinion delivered by Justice Breyer, the Court altered the long-standing practice of the Federal Circuit to review patent claim constructions de novo, holding that a trial court’s resolution of “subsidiary factual matters” made while interpreting patent claims must be reviewed for clear error. The ultimate interpretation of the claim terms, however, remains subject to de novo review.

  • Prof. Kristen Osenga, University of Richmond School of Law

Hidden in Plain Sight: What Really Caused the World’s Worst Financial Crisis and Why It Could Happen Again

Financial Services & E-Commerce Practice Group Teleforum February 09, 01:00 PMFederalist Society Teleforum Conference Call

The 2008 financial crisis—like the Great Depression—was a world-historical event. What caused it will be debated for years, if not generations. The conventional narrative is that the financial crisis was caused by Wall Street’s actions and insufficient regulation of the financial system. That narrative produced the Dodd-Frank Act, the most comprehensive financial-system regulation since the New Deal. A competing narrative about what caused the financial crisis has received little attention -- many contend that the crisis was caused not by bad actors on Wall Street, but by government housing policies. Peter Wallison marshals evidence in support of this view in his recently-released book, Hidden in Plain Sight: What Really Caused the World’s Worst Financial Crisis and Why It Could Happen Again.

  • Hon. Peter J. Wallison, Arthur F. Burns Fellow in Financial Policy Studies, American Enterprise Institute
  • Prof. Todd J. Zywicki , Foundation Professor of Law, George Mason University School of Law

Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Update - February 2015

Financial Services & E-Commerce Practice Group Teleforum February 11, 01:00 PMFederalist Society Teleforum Conference Call

Members of the Federalist Society’s Financial Services & E-Commerce Practice Group Executive Committee will provide an update on recent important activity at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB).

  • Julius L. Loeser, Of Counsel, Winston & Strawn LLP
  • Prof. Todd J. Zywicki, Foundation Professor of Law, George Mason University School of Law

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